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Molon Labe! Paperback – January 30, 2004
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Matt Bracken, author of "Enemies Foreign And Domestic" and "Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista."
Starting in 1995, the novel Molon Labe explores the idea of libertarians moving to Wyoming. As their numbers grow, they begin to win elections and gradually take political power. The novel moves forward, each chapter is a year, as the libertarian plan to reform the state unfolds. Meanwhile the federal government becomes more oppressive and opposed to the "nuts" in Wyoming.
As often happens in the genre, lackluster writing weakens a great plot. The author Kenneth W. Royce writes under the pen-name of Boston T. Party. Among his most well know books are Boston's Gun Bible and You & the Police. Molan Labe is his first fiction work and is really a policy outline for the Free State Wyoming Project. In the novel, he mixes interesting plot development with lecture and plan of action. This is interspersed with legal notions, opinion and some conspiracy theory. As I read, I learned a lot more about Wyoming and email encryption.
If you don't agree with the philosophy behind the book, I suspect you'll hate it. However, if your economics are laissez-faire, you support gun rights and your politics are libertarian, you'll be willing to overlook the literary and style issues and enjoy a very thought provoking plot. I give the plot five stars for originality and the literary quality two stars for an overall rating of three.
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.Read more ›
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I truly enjoyed reading this book and have worn out my first copy.Published 1 day ago by Paul Suits
I thoroughly ebjoyed the book but have to admit a couple of chapters really flared my temper at the government. It hits very close to home in its plot.Published 1 month ago by Dave
This book, now past most times given in the text, is still an interesting read. Some things came to pass and some did not. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer Hardin
Was everything a thought provoking novel should be. Interesting. Believable. Conformed to accepted philosophies and perspectives. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David O