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Beth Cody has been writing monthly editorials from a libertarian perspective for the Iowa City Press-Citizen since 2006. She owns a small retail business in Coralville, Iowa and lives with her husband and two children, whom she home schools, on five acres in rural Johnson County, Iowa. She has degrees in Flute Performance, Economics, Chinese, a graduate degree in International Finance and she spent two semesters studying in Beijing, China. Prior to purchasing her business, she was a financial analyst for the Chinese joint venture power plant investments of an Eastern Iowa energy company. Her other hobbies include practicing Hapkido (a Korean martial art in which she is a 4th-degree black belt instructor), reading history and Golden-Age British mysteries, and gardening.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468178954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468178951
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,713,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in politics will find this book a lot of fun to read. The plot is clever, the characters are well developed and interesting, and the writing is always lively and clear. Along the way, the book delivers careful libertarian analysis of nearly every political issue imaginable.

Even seasoned libertarians will find fresh insights in this book, and non-libertarians will find their world views seriously challenged. Anyone who is new to libertarianism will find the book very useful, since it will fill in the gaps that most newcomers have in their understanding of libertarian answers to a variety of problems. Five stars!
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The author's stated goal was to write a libertarian equivalent of Edward Bellamy's socialist utopian novel "Looking Backward." She achieves that goal with room to spare.

If I were to judge this novel by its plot, characterization, or dialogue, I would have to knock off a couple of stars. I won't because those elements, which are crucial to most novels, don't matter here. The flimsy plot is quite adequate to the author's purpose which is to portray a near-ideal libertarian society. I wouldn't call her vision a "utopia" because at several points, Prof. Seeton, the expositor and defender of the new society, admits that it has flaws. He even says it will collapse eventually and only hopes that event will be peaceful.

I almost wished that I too could crawl into a time capsule, as her protagonist does, and go back to a time before I became a libertarian. That's because this would be such a dandy introduction for someone new to the philosophy. A novice with an open mind would find a trove of solid arguments on nearly every aspect of human life.

Get copies of this book for the young people in your world.
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A very readable novel inspired by libertarian ideas. I had never read anything like this, and had only a passing knowledge of libertarianism, but I learned a lot from this story. I was fascinated at the thought that things would be a world better if know it all government got out of our way. The chapters on schools, prisons, arts, and neighborhoods were very interesting. I think the cop out was placing this country in the middle of America in a landlocked state so it had no unfriendly or open borders to worry about, thus freeing it from ponying up for national defense. And I'm sure pacifists would not be satisfied to find that instead everyone owned guns, every US nation had nuclear weapons, and you could park a tank in your driveway. If anyone is interested to know what this theory might look like in practice this is a great read. There are still points for debate, but a peek at what we would become if weaned off the nanny state is fascinating.
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While I disagree with the philosophy of libertarianism, this book presents the rationale for this viewpoint extremely well. The plot lines and character development are also quite good. The novel is modeled almost exactly along the lines laid down by the similarly named book from 1887 by Edward Bellamy. It is interesting to note that while this work expresses the view that the United States will break up into several parts in the next two or three decades, another work entitled "Looking Backward: 2050-2013" written by Ravi Morey expresses the opposite view: Namely, the United States will be absorbed into a larger world federation. So, we have here two recently published novels with very similar titles expressing the view that the days of the United States of America are numbered.
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What the USA presently, and for decades, is suffering from is Crony Capitalism. More aptly named Fascism, according to Benito Mussolini, or as John Stossel refers to it, "Crapitalism". What we need is Free Market or Laissez Faire Capitalism.

When people ask me just HOW a truly libertarian/free market society and economy would work...I constantly refer to this compelling book.

In my estimation, this is a MUST READ. This entertaining novel, truly and intriguingly describes what an authentically "FREE Market" country would look like, how it would work as well as prosper and THRIVE.

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Back in the late 60s one of the books on my college's required reading list was Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward" which was all the rage by liberal professors. This book, "Looking Backward: 2162-2012," comes across as a parody of that earlier book. It takes the Utopian views that were espoused by so many of the early 20th century progressives and morphs it into the same story but with a Libertarian slant. If you are already familiar with the Libertarian mantra you won't learn much here but it is an enjoyable read. If you're not acquainted with Libertarianism, this book should be a good primer for you.
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I received this book as a gift, from a friend of the author. Last week, I picked it up, thinking I'd skim a few pages, the next thing I know I'm 150 pages in and completely engrossed! Finally someone goes a bit beyond Rand's Atlas Shrugged and explains rational self interest in practical terms. The story is well written and the philosophy is easy to understand. I recommend it to everyone I meet. This is not a book you will loan to anyone, you want to keep a copy on hand to reference, etc. Great job, Beth Cody!!!
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