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Comment: Book Condition: Very Good. Paperback. Size E: 8"-9" Tall (204-227mm). The cover is lightly shelf worn. The edges of the book are lightly yellowed with age. The inside cover has writing in pen. 297 pages. Inventory #132899
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Rip van Australia Paperback – 1977

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Australia; Edition Unstated edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0726978248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0726978241
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,524,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered this book back in the seventies and still have a copy. It introduced me to Austrian Economics and anarcho capitalism through Rothbard and Friedman's son and hopefully made me a better man.
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Rip Van Australia is a series of short and witty rants (one line to 2 pages), arranged alphabetically, on what's wrong with Oz and/or the world and how to fix it, interspersed with irreverent wisecracks (e.g. `Ballet: why don't they just get taller girls?'), much in the style of Ambrose Bierce's _The Devil's Dictionary_.
Written by John Singleton and Bob Howard during the years of the Fraser government - before Singleton took the ALP's 30 pieces of silver (adjusted for 2000 years of inflation) - some of the specifics are out of date, but many are even more relevant now than they were then. It is an excellent introduction to libertarian issues, and it was in the bibliography of this book that I first discovered Rand and Rothbard.
If you can lay your hands on a copy, I highly recommend it; if you find two, please contact me and I'll take one off your hands :-)
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