Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
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The foundational text of libertarian thought.

First published in response to John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia has become a defining text of classic libertarian thought. Challenging and ultimately rejecting liberal, socialist, and conservative agendas, Nozick boldly asserts that the rights of individuals are violated as a state's responsibilities increase - and that the only way to avoid these violations is the creation of a minimalist state limited to the enforcement of contracts and to protection against force, fraud, and theft. 

Translated into 100 languages, winner of the National Book Award, and named one of the 100 most influential books since World War II by the Times Literary Supplement, Anarchy, State and Utopia remains one of the most theoretically trenchant and philosophically rich defenses of economic liberalism to date. 

With an introduction by philosopher Thomas Nagel, this edition brings Nozick and his work to a new generation of listeners.

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joyfully ignorant or joyfully heinous

I find it rather interesting that Nozick doesn't touch upon Hobbes considering how independent of states he wants his readers to be. The flippant disregard Nozick has for the loyalty towards hlthe state speaks of a very corrupt state, yet his proposed solution is a darwinist slaughterfest of communities, and the individuals living in those communities. His protective agencies sound very much like mercenary companies. What prevents them from acting like such? other protective agencies?Nozick also seems to disregard the western revolutions that so enshrined the freedom of the individual, in favour of lower taxes. Who needs roads is one of his flippant comments.

even compared to the revolutionaries of the 1840's Nozick's vissions are unimaginative and misrepresented.

Nozick is a true Sophist, who has no regard for others in his philosophy. But if you are healthy, wealthy and intelligent, Nozick might be the Sophist for you

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Mathematical analysis of minarchy

philosophy books are a bit hard to listen to.
But the piece is monumental and educational dissection of the core ideas of liberalism.

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