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  • A Spontaneous Order

  • The Capitalist Case for a Stateless Society
  • By: Chase Rachels
  • Narrated by: Graham Wright
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

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

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, shame about sleep-inducing audio

  • By Mike Blain on 10-23-16

Great content, shame about sleep-inducing audio

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Life After the State

  • Why We Don't Need Government
  • By: Dominic Frisby
  • Narrated by: Dominic Frisby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Have you ever had the nagging feeling that the problems the country faces are spiraling out of control, that the government has lost its way and that, despite its promises, nothing ever changes? Well, you're right. In every instance where government gets involved in people's lives with a desire to do good, it can always be relied on to make the situation much, much worse. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we imagine that a world without the state would be a wild and terrifying place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Richard M. on 06-05-16

Unintended Consequences

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-14

When government gets involved in the economy, the reason is always to benefit some group in society. The intervention is always well intentioned, but always has negative consequences either to other groups or at a later time to the same group. This book gives many examples, and suggests some alternatives. The examples are mostly from the UK, but are relevant to everyone. For example, the UK healthcare system is funded through taxation, and the examples here are timely for the US while it is increasing its government control of healthcare.

You may not fully agree with Frisby's conclusions, but the important message is how state intervention has unintended consequences. We are unlikely to find ourselves with an economy free from state controls, but the viewpoint of this book should help us evaluate the increasingly burdensome controls we see today, most of which are designed to win votes rather than to strengthen the economy.

Money is another subject covered, as we see many major currencies losing their value today through inflation of the money supply. This causes an almost imperceptible but continuous hardship to the population, like a grain of sand in your shoe you know will eventually cause a blister. But inflation benefits governments because of their debt, and so it continues. Frisby's solution is to return to a metal-based currency, and not just gold but also industrial metals. I like the concept (but I believe gold would be the best choice), but while the people and the economy would benefit it is unlikely to happen because government could not function today without inflation.

Books like this can re-balance our perspective, as we usually look at government action from the viewpoint of ourselves as an interest group, when we should look at the effects on overall prosperity.