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Molon Labe! Paperback – January 30, 2004
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Always bright and innovative, Boston has outdone himself in his new novel. Cleverly crafted, Molon Labe! weaves a story that is well done and may evolve from a timely tome into reality sometime in our future. I suggest you buy the novel from Boston T. Party. --Clint Smith, Director, Thunder Ranch, Inc.
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Molon Labe! nominated by the Libertarian Futurist Society for 2004 Best Fiction Prometheus Award!
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As they migrate to sparsely populated Wyoming in ever increasing numbers, Libertarians increase their political power .....election cycle by election cycle......until they control all three branches of Wyoming state government. From there, they begin to sever themselves (step by step) from oppressive and unconstitutional federal laws, rules and regulations. The ultimate goal (short of out-and-out succession) is to opt-out of the federal education system and return control of all Wyoming schools back to the state.
The first 50% of the book devotes a lot of time explaining how the US got itself into its current state of affairs to begin with.....and the Libertarian philosophy for reversing course. From there the story concentrates on the Wyoming "experiment" (and the federal government's reaction to it).
This is a pretty good story, especially once it begins to concentrate exclusively on the Wyoming narrative.
3 ½ stars
Thus, if you are on board with the basic premise - that the twin doctrines of popular sovereignty and individual liberties (aka natural rights) upon which America was based (according to the conventional wisdom) are vanishing quickly and being replaced by proto-police state policies - you will probably enjoy the book.
As pure entertainment, it leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are 2 dimensional at best - in almost every single case, the bad guys are pure bad, the good guys are pure good - there is little in the way of the actual nuances or internal conflicts which are characteristic of human beings in the real world. Not surprising, considering this is a first time fiction author who is self published. Bearing that in mind, I think he did one helluva job - whatever its flaws, it managed to be readable.
But the author's goal is not to entertain you - it is to educate and inform you, and further, to persuade you, and the book does a good job of that, while holding together a just-sufficiently engaging cast of characters and plotline to keep it from feeling like a study session.
The education piece is well done - the author's knowledge of the central issues of liberty (gun control or lack thereof being, obviously, the pre-eminent one, but also numerous others discussed throughout) is expert and on target (I think I may even have caught a reference to Albert Jay Nock in there somewhere!), and his using historical events in conjunction with current events and then spinning these into vital contemporary lessons is also very good. Preston's second Playboy interview, as an example.
Another criticism: the picture he paints in an attempt to persuade is too-perfect. It struck me as sort of a 'best case scenario' for the FSP Wyoming. As though this libertarian vision would inevitably fall into place without any rough patches or hiccups. Puh-lease! Human beings, with all of their flaws (fatal and non), are at the crux of the action, after all, and things would not go anywhere nearly that smoothly. In other words, the author has completely ignored the Law of Unintendend Consequences here, and portrayed a vastly oversimplified and thus not particularly realistic portrait.
But again, this is not surprising given the goal of the book, which is not to perform an in-depth analysis. You can't blame him for making his case appear as attractive as possible.
Overall, the book is well worth reading for the educational piece alone, as it can serve as a basis for a comprehensive discussion of the difficulties of rediscovering liberty in a world seemingly bent on discarding that particular legacy, and the merits of the Free State Project approach.
In fact, I wish everybody in America would read this book so at least there could be some public debate about the issues it raises. As it stands, those of us who agree with the author are all too easily dismissed as paranoiacs. But remember: it ain't paranoia if they really are out to get you. And, sorry to say, but...they really are out to get you.
Molon Labe is one of the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom for a Free People". It is a sad state of affairs that this book is not mandatory for all high school students as a prerequisite for graduation...and should be repeated as a required course in college. The thought provoking discussions in class would be marvelous. Then again, the fact that it is not required reading acts as proof of the historically accurate portrayal of our so called "American educational system" contained therein.
Molon Labe graphically and truthfully portrays the ongoing assault on the Bill of Rights, and how a group of free Americans undertakes to defend themselves and the Constitution from this insidious erosion.
While a work of fiction, the history referenced therein is irrefutable and unassailable. We, as a people, are where the citizens of Germany were in the early 1930s. We are once again approaching a social cataclysm because our younger generations have been pre-conditioned by their "educators" and the mass media to line up for the bus trip to the ovens. Molon Labe not only entertains but informs the reader about how and why we got to the present day catastrophe that is the American "educational system". Do our schools teach real history? Relevant history? Forget about it. The last thing our government society wants is a well informed, thoughtful citizenry. They have to control what our youth are taught because that is the only way they can hope to retain power. Think this is a scare tactic? "The constitutional right of parents to raise their children does not include the right to restrict what a public school may teach their children." --U.S. District Judge Mark Wolfe, Parker v. Hurley.
I would strongly recommend this book to all parents because it will assist them in understanding what their children are exposed to daily in school, and also in developing a rational plan for counteracting the mind control that presently masquerades as "modern education".
Molon Labe is an extremely well thought out and written blueprint for the protection of the Bill of Rights. While certain small aspects of the story jump out at the reader to remind them this is a work of fiction, there is no ignoring the underlying premise. The very few typos in the book are on the proofreader, and not the author. (I also find them in books by Childs, Hillerman and just about every other major author publishing today.) Buy it. Read it. Read it again. There are valuable lessons to be learned from it. I recommend giving it as a gift to relatives, friends and most certainly your children, nieces and nephews. Donate a copy to your kid's school and the local library.