Maybe I'm not enough of an economist to get this book, but good god. As far as I'm concerned, you could lock all copies of this one in the same underwater vault where I'd like to hide everything ever penned by Ayn Rand. If there is one thing I hate more than whiny libertarian characters, it's underage, endlessly noble, upperclass libertarian characters who believe in anarchocapitalistic revolution. The story was no great shakes. The protagonist bumped along, the sex interest was ideal Maybe I'm not enough of an economist to get this book, but good god.
The protagonist bumped along, the sex interest was ideal in every way she can fight! Blah blah blah. I got mine, screw you.
View 2 comments. Feb 25, Apio rated it did not like it. Ideologues should not write novels, at least not without talking a few lessons in fluid language, development of characters, and the like. The basic story line behind this book isn't bad. But Schulman is less interested in developing the story, or creating sympathetic characters than in pushing his agorist party line. And before agorists who read this get all up in arms, yes, I know there is no agorist party. I know most agorists Ideologues should not write novels, at least not without talking a few lessons in fluid language, development of characters, and the like.
I know most agorists either individuals who quit the Libertarian Party to pursue a more truly anti-state path, or individuals who were never part of the party because they were anarchists, and so refused party politics from the start. But this doesn't prevent agorists in general and Schulman in particular from being ideologically partisan toward agorism. The characters in this novel are completely wooden. They don't evoke sympathy even when put in what should be the most heart-rending situations.
Their conversations are all ideology, no human feeling or real pleasure. I have yet to met an agorist face to face, but if they all talk like the characters in this book.
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I doubt I would want to. As to agorist "anarchy," as portrayed in this book: No thanks. Security checks that rival post airport security to get into their agorist markets, military hierarchies fully intact for carrying out actions, forms of protective and other imprisonment. In fact, these anarchists seemed to have structures for carrying out all of the functions of the state.
And since the state is network of relationships and activities of a specific sort, i. The entire novel is agorist propaganda. But just in case you missed it, the publishers include several appendixes among which are at least three essays explaining the ideology. If you like good literature, even if you are an agorist, avoid this book.
Feb 04, Manny rated it liked it. This book was recommended to me years ago when I left the Republican Party.
I had other books in the hopper and never got around to it. The other day, I installed the Kindle app on my Galaxy S3 and downloaded the book and started reading. I was amazed. It seemed as though I was reading a newspaper article. Granted, this IS a novel.
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I have read many reviews from other readers and they slam it because of ideology by the author; this is a novel folks. I believe they are missing the novel aspect of This book was recommended to me years ago when I left the Republican Party. I believe they are missing the novel aspect of the book. I mean lets face it H. Wells never really invented a time machine. Did the characters have depth? Maybe not, but I enjoyed the book. Is this a great economic tome? No but it does describe a theory of what is possible. Vreeland, fakes his own death in an attempt to escape the country with his family.
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Elliot, the son, is released early from school and only to find that it is a hoax. However, Elliot is sent on an errand and return to find his family gone and strangers in the house. After narrowly escaping, with his own life, Elliot is determined to find his family of which he knows are being held by the "authorities".
In the process he meets a revolutionary group that are willing to help him. He is lead to a hidden city Galt's Gulch'ish where he meets a girl that turns out to be the FBI director's daughter.
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The book kept me engaged most of the time and I enjoyed the references to Rand, Hayek, Von Mises etc. Jun 08, Moe Shinola rated it it was amazing. Excellent book!
Far from being a screed, though, it's also a first-class adventure thriller. Feb 02, Amanda rated it it was ok. Really disappointing after reading the Rainbow cadenza. This one has poor world-building, cardboard characters, and a ridiculous plot. Plus, I'm a fan of taxes. Apr 21, D.
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Dutcher rated it did not like it Shelves: worse-than-anthem , didnt-finish , bad-novels. This review was of the kindle version. Don't bother with it, it's horribly formatted to the point of being unreadable, with font size changing, indents on every line in some passages, and has no table of contents. The story? Man's family is kidnapped in a future world where inflation is high, currency is worthless, and gold is illegal. Theoretically this is a dystopia but darned if I know why: the book really doesn't go into much detail except for a couple of gang scenes.
The main character This review was of the kindle version. The main character seems comfortable enough. Our salvation? The Agorists, people who greet each other with Laissez-faire! Oh, they are drug dealers and have a taste for the X-files, and love gold reserve banking. And Robert Heinlein, science fiction author of choice for the lunatic right fringe. You can also get a nice Bank AnarchoCard while you are considering working in a bordello to pay the rent in gold grams. Just be careful, they sell nuclear bombs.
I can get weird utopian scenarios. Extra wincing is due to afterwords, painfully earnest and completely paranoid. This book is painful to read, formatted for Kindle like crap, and not even up to Ayn Rand style potboiler standards. View all 3 comments. Feb 13, James Welfare rated it liked it Shelves: anarchist-theory-and-fiction. As the government agents weaken, they tighten controls on communication, travel, and trade.
This fails to avert economic collapse, causing the private sector — unions, syndicates, and many unorganized individuals — to control the old infrastructure. The graphic novel and movie update the book's plot with current references and technology.
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