A Spontaneous Order: The Capitalist Case for a Stateless Society is an astonishingly concise, rigorous, and accessible presentation of anarcho-capitalist ideals. It covers a wide range of topics including: money and banking, monopolies and cartels, insurance, health care, law, security, poverty, education, environmentalism, and more! To enjoy this compelling listen requires no previous political, philosophical, or economic knowledge as all uncommon concepts are defined and explained in a simple yet uncompromising manner. Take heed, this work is liable to cause radical paradigm shifts in your understanding of both the state and free market.
©2015 Christopher Chase Rachels (P)2016 Christopher Chase Rachels
Once surviving the first few chapters, it became a joy. it's nice to hear anarchy defined and intelligently defended.
The comuter-generated voice was mind numbing. You will be listening to a sampled voice, which works for phone menus, but in a long book you will be listening to 10,000 sentences with the exact same bland tone and vocal inflection AS EVERY OTHER SENTENCE. You will be asleep after a short time. This type of audio should be free or public domain, not charged at a price like a human recording.
I recommend this excellent book 100% for its content, but please buy the hard copy, unless you can find an audio version recorded by an actual human being.
after I finished Chase Rachels' Spontaneous Order, I could think of nothing so much as, Pierre-Simon Laplace's, oft quoted, expiation to Napoleon when he asked about, the lack of God, in his theory.
"I have no need for that hypothesis"
I would probably recommend the print version over this audio version. The narrator is difficult to listen to because the voice inflections are not quite appropriate for the text. The subject matter is somewhat technical and tedious, which is compounded by the narration style.
The voice inflection and the pronunciation of certain words was annoying.
The concept is important and the information is worth knowing. If the listener has an open mind or is liberty oriented there is much in this book of interest. However, there were many places where I found my mind wandering and had to back up and replay sections. I will listen to the book again to make sure I got all of the points being made by the author.
Chase hit all the right points when covering the free market answer to life in the absence of the State. The recording volume was just too low compared to other books. It was too hard to hear while doing anything other than sitting in a quiet room or without ear buds or head phones.
"I believe that government is bad."
This assumption is made early and repeated throughout the book.
"The solution to the bad government is no government."
This theoretical and empirically unproven and historically unfounded argument is the basis for every chapter.
I am left disappointed that this is just another "my political theory is the best and anyone who disagrees is a ________." This author and his readers would benefit greatly from reading Francis Fukuyama or Jared Diamond or really anyone who offers a balanced approach on the perils of putting too much trust in government (a libertarian concept) while at the same time having some sense of the context within which government exists.
I actually agree with some ideas supported by this book, but I strongly caution anyone against following the illogical train of thought that this book uses to convert a priori assumptions into hard and fast conclusions with no basis.
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