- Publisher: Larkin Rose (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145075063X
- ISBN-13: 978-1450750639
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.7 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Dangerous Superstition Paperback – 2011
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A person becomes an adult when he outgrows the need to be given moral commandments from people he thinks of as "authorities," and learns to judge for himself what is right or wrong. This is a book to read to discover just how adult YOU really are. The book as a whole is a litmus test that will show whether the reader is an adult with independent judgment, or still a child, believing every fantasy and superstition that the "authorities" in his life have told him to believe.
You may or may not agree with Rose's conclusions, but you should be prepared to have many of your own cherished beliefs challenged and examined. This is a book to stretch your mind, and that may be uncomfortable, if your mind is out-of-shape. But like any good workout, the results are very rewarding.
The "most dangerous superstition" referred to in the title is the idea of "authority," which includes all belief in "government." No, I'm not providing "spoilers;" this is something Rose lays out on Page 2 of the book. He doesn't deny that all the legislators, police, bureaucrats and soldiers exist -- they clearly do. But the thing that makes "government" something more than a gang of thugs is the respect -- even reverence -- in which it is held by the people it rules.Read more ›
I stumbled on Larken Rose speaking on Youtube and was so startled by his gift for clarity of thought and expression I went to his web site and bought all his books. This book is jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing, astounding, life-changing, with so many quotable aphorisms I underlined every fourth sentence, circled every third paragraph, cluttered the margins with exclamation points, stars, and scribbles. This is a book that forces you to wrestle with it. I was pinned.
No, I've never met Larken. He has no idea who I am. This is not nepotism. He is Thomas Paine without the rhetorical flourishes. If you think government can do "some" good, Larken will walk you through the reasons why this shared delusion is self-contradictory, anti-rational, and ethically deranged. We don't realize how deeply we brainwash each other. We don't just drink the Cool-Aide, we marinate in it. Conservatives and Liberals are both wrong precisely to the extent they agree.
If you read all 210 pages, you cannot help but decide all government must be evil and destructive by its very nature, from its initial foundational axioms to its total net effects, and our world would flourish with no government at all if we just apply the principles we teach our children to adults in government costumes: no hitting, no taking other people's stuff, keep your promises, use your words, and, yes, it matters who "started it."
Larken has cultivated a discipline of integrating his heart and mind, and he speaks to your efforts to do the same. His clarity and concision are truly find-freeing.
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
This book is very easy to read and follow the logic, and does require honest reflection of one's beliefs, as it presents ideas, ideas that have the power to change the world. Only a slave would not be willing to always question their beliefs and ideas. From the movie "V for Vendetta": Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.
Bolt your socks to your shoes because this is the truth of how people have been conned, cajoled and coerced into selling their birthright of Liberty for some watered down soup called "American Freedom." You owe it to yourself and your family to understand the fraud and how to correctly combat it. There are solutions and Larken doesn't shy away from listing the hypothetical possibilities that some may choose on their own. This is an easy to read, hard to digest for some and ultimately conscience freeing treatise on the rightness of the rule by none.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are intrigued or interested in how a state-less society would evolve or what it would look like, I would recommend this book, but not first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George K. Smith, M.D.
All the stars! Larken Rose uses such great reasoning to really make you question the status quo. We own ourselves...... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory
It is indeed an eye opener, however, I believe that his main argument can be applied to many more topics instead of focusing mostly on government.Published 1 month ago by Javier Estrada
Larken did an incredible job with this masterpiece, as it has truly shown what a despicable Fascist thing any sort of Statism honestly is.Published 2 months ago by Chris Marshall
The political theory was interesting but not based upon a premise that I can accept. The author assumes that mankind is inherently good, whereas I believe the opposite.Published 2 months ago by Dennis Kist
This book lays out the case for a peaceful, productive society. It is worth consideration and contemplation by any serious lover of liberty.Published 3 months ago by Terry L., Brock