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The Most Dangerous Superstition

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The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition which infects the minds of people of all races, religions and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even with ...more
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Published 2011 by Iron Web Publications
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Oct 16, 2014 Dabooda rated it it was amazing
The book's title is not an exaggeration. It exposes a superstition that virtually all of us are taught from our infancy, and few of us ever outgrow. Do you think you have put all the fables of your childhood behind you, along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny? Have you grown up to become an independent-minded adult? Reading this book is a good way to find out.

Little children learn morality from their parents: things are good or bad because Mommy and Daddy SAID so. A little later, they may be
Mad Russian the Traveller
One of those paradigm shifting books. If you are tired of being a slave of the State, the path begins with freeing your mind, and freeing your mind could begin with this book. The case is almost overstated, but since I am already starting to see through the mythology that keeps us all oppressed, it may be my subjective impression. Recommended for all who are brave enough to be responsible for their own lives instead of running to mommy or daddy government to settle all their problems.
Britta Heinitz
Apr 21, 2014 Britta Heinitz rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. I was a "l"ibertarian before I read this book. This book pushed me over the edge to full blown anarchist.
Gintas Kamaitis
Oct 14, 2012 Gintas Kamaitis rated it it was amazing
A deeply philosophical book on the nature of consent and the false belief in authority. Be it founded on religion, politics or government the belief in authority has throughout history led to otherwise good people doing evil deeds. Larken Rose explores the deep rooted belief in authority and offers alternatives for a more humane and enlightened world.
Apr 22, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Steven by: the author, Larken Rose
One of the most important books I've ever read.
Dave Burns
Feb 02, 2014 Dave Burns rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned

In "The Most Dangerous Superstition," by Larken Rose, the author claims that "[t]he distinguishing feature of 'government' is that it is thought to have the moral *right* to give and enforce commands. [...] What distinguishes a street gang from 'government' is how they are perceived by the people they control." That communicates the basic insight of the book. Rose denies the existence of authority, defined as this moral right to command, and a corresponding obligation of ordinary persons to obey
Apr 01, 2011 Clay rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
I received this book as a gift from an online acquaintance with the agreement that I would read it and give it to someone after finishing it.

Rose is an anarchist, and a passionate one. I found his arguments engaging, polemic, and in the end unconvincing. His entire premise is that "authority" does not exist, and he is right. If everyone stopped believing in authority, it would vanish. However, I think that some paradigms, even though not 100% true, are useful. We wander through life with half tr
Mar 03, 2013 David rated it really liked it
If nothing else, this book will make you think. It is a must-read for every government employee and law enforcer! Are you doing what you know to be morally right, or are you blindly obeying what you perceive as authority, even though it is telling you to do what you know to be morally wrong? That is the question which each of us must answer for ourselves. But, do we realize we need to *ask* that question?!
Frank Mueller
May 26, 2012 Frank Mueller rated it liked it
The book has some excellent ideas about the expression of polities where one's belief system can form a mode of confirmation bias that creates a shared illusion forming questioning certain beliefs about authority as taboo. This is a creative and positive aspect of the book. The writing also conflates leadership with authority at times and does not differentiate between the two modes of behavior. This create a duplicitous presentation from the author where they attempt to lead the reader while at ...more
Петър Стойков
Тая книга е толкова прехвалена, че направо не знам какво очаквах, предвид твърдото ми убеждение, че няма добър хайп. Убеждението ми се затвърди.

Накратко, авторът прави великото откритие, че най-лошото нещо и изворът на всяко зло е властта (authority) от човек върху човека и ако я премахнем всичко ще процъфти. С детска наивност той задава въпроси и открива отговори, които в либертарианските среди са отдавна предъвквани и стига до отговори, които мога да нарека само анархистки. Последната глава е
Aug 17, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book could literally change your life. Larken Rose argues that ‘authority’ is a figment of our imagination. More than that, is it a superstition (the most dangerous superstition) which has allowed governments to form and undertake all manner of atrocities. Consider for a moment that all people were actually equal, literally. No person, be it a police officer or other government authority, had the right to kidnap you (detain), rob you (tax) or otherwise forcibly coercive you into anything yo ...more
Ron Shoemaker
Aug 08, 2015 Ron Shoemaker rated it it was amazing
This may be the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I will just give you one excerpt from it:

“In truth, if anything is a sin, it is blind obedience to "authority." Acting as an enforcer for "government" amounts to spiritual suicide—actually worse than physical suicide, because every authoritarian "enforcer" not only shuts off the free will and ability to judge which make him human (thus "killing" his own humanity) but also leaves his body intact, to be used by tyrants as a tool for oppressio
Graig Yarbrough
Jan 16, 2015 Graig Yarbrough rated it it was amazing
We have been so conditioned by our educational system to obedience, regimentation, and false ideas, that we do not see the reality behind all that conditioning. Larken Rose presents us with some reality, that if absorbed with an open mind, will cause us to question what is really going on. "The right of Kings," that concept that we do not own our own authority, and other philosophical constructs are so imbedded in our subconscious that we fear being our own authorities. To quote, "The tentacles ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Mike rated it did not like it
While I found the premise of the book engaging at the start, I felt it never really went anywhere. Very disappointing.
Mar 04, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this one down! Oh, what an eye-opener this one IS! It will confirm a lot of one's suspicions, which folks -myself included- never gave serious let alone concentrative focus on. Yet, from who we vote for, to how we perceive who is to serve us - not rule us (and yes, there IS a difference folks), this book will jolt you (or make you angry) in thinking about the purpose of government.
Great Idea but the book is to repetitivr

The book presents a great idea. As currency; Goberment and religion are fiat.
The book presents this great way of thinking, but to my taste it repeats and repeats the same concept all the book
Geoffrey Hazelton
Jan 23, 2016 Geoffrey Hazelton rated it it was amazing
I urge you to read this as it will turn on it's head your concept of liberty. I came away with a changed view of political action and of government itself. This is an outline for a new vision of what things could look like.
Oscar Sanchez
Nov 19, 2014 Oscar Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Thank you @LarkenRose for such an insightful and powerful book. The Most Dangerous Superstition Larken Rose
It is profound how something so simple can be overlooked for such a long time; especially when it is one of the root causes of so much despair, murder and hatred. Larken presents a rock solid argument. Clear and concise. It is truly one of the most important books ANYONE will EVER read. Please share, our humanity will thank you for it.
William Kiely
Jul 27, 2015 William Kiely rated it liked it
Insightful, but poorly argued.

Much better is anarcho-capitalist Prof. Michael Huemer's book The Problem of Political Authority, which argues for the same thesis that governments lack political authority,but in a much more rigorous and persuasive way.

Huemer's book is my favorite book defending libertarian anarchism.

More detailed review on Amazon and my blog:

Samuel Aaron
Dec 16, 2014 Samuel Aaron rated it it was amazing
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Ali Foster
Feb 17, 2015 Ali Foster rated it it was amazing
The most eye opening book I've ever read, would recommend it to everybody
Apr 04, 2014 Tomas rated it liked it
It seems that author of this book and I are living in a different worlds. I have never experienced that kind of oppression or abuse from "authority" that he talks about. I never felt that my taxes are going to waste or many other things that author talks about. Maybe things are different in America, but down here in liberal Europe things are not so grim therefore many of his points are moot.
May 02, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Mind has been b l o w n
Hannah Cannon
Jun 26, 2015 Hannah Cannon rated it really liked it
Because this book was so dense, I could really only read the very smallest amounts at a time. In the beginning, I really felt like the author was ranting and raving. It wasn't that I disagreed with his thoughts, it was that I felt his message could have been shared succinctly in 30 pages as opposed to 212. The closer I got to the end the more I enjoyed it. All in all, I'm very happy I read this book.
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American libertarian and tax protestor.

Larken Rose was sentenced to 15 months in prison for willful failure to file income tax returns in five years in which the government alleged that his income was approximately $500,000. He was released from prison in December 2006.

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“In truth, the belief in "government" is a religion, made up of a set of dogmatic teachings, irrational doctrines which fly in the face of both evidence and logic, and which are methodically memorized and repeated by the faithful. Like other religions, the gospel of "government" describes a superhuman, supernatural entity, above mere mortals, which issues commandments to the peasantry, for whom unquestioning obedience is a moral imperative.” 3 likes
“Pride in being a "law-abiding taxpayer" is not the result of having helped people, which the person could have done far more effectively on a voluntary basis; the pride comes from having faithfully obeyed the commands of a perceived "authority.” 2 likes
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