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Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto

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Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto diagnoses what is wrong with the American political system and tells us what we need to fix things. The cure is a radical one because, as the book incontrovertibly shows, the many problems that confront us today are no accident. They stem from the nature of government itself. Only peaceful cooperation based on the free ma

Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published May 21st 2014 by Rockwell Communications LLC (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sacha Valero
Sep 26, 2015 Sacha Valero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lew Rockwell uses just 162 pages to demolish the idea that we need the State. Covering every important aspect of the State that its apologists insist make it necessary for us to submit. That submission comes under threat of force and backed up by a history of unleashing violence to enforce that threat.

Lew tackles the Warfare State, the drug war, the assault on our liberties, how the bankers have waged war on the taxpayers, and how America really is a fascist system.

His chapter on war dismantles
Dave Seely
Mar 13, 2016 Dave Seely rated it it was amazing
A must read

The U.S. Constitution was a noble attempt by a very intelligent group of men. They represented the various states at that time and wished to improve upon the original articles of confederation. They listed, in article 1 section 8 clauses 1 through 18 inclusive, both the upper and lower limits to federal powers. Then they listed further prohibitions on federal powers and finally as clarification they added the first 10 amendments known as the Bill of Right. All of this to create a limi
Chylene Ramsey
Jul 28, 2015 Chylene Ramsey rated it it was amazing
A Life Without Government is Possible

Mr. Rockwell writes an explicit, comprehensive and eVen engaging debate on the State in all its incarnations vs what he terms the vast benefits of "anarcho-capitalism", a form of non-statism where individual freedom and the pure and unrestrained free market governs society. I found it exceptionally absorbing, as it is clear our government has failed miserably to keep any of its obligations, and I have long favored exactly this kind of solution. Lacking suffic
Jul 12, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
Fascinating book. It's excellent at diagnosing problems but falls short on the solution side. I was hoping for a more in-depth discussion of anarcho-capitalism and what an anarcho-capitalist society would look like. However, the title is descriptive of the content. It is merely a manifesto of anarcho-capitalism. That is, it tells the reader the aims of anarcho-capitalism, which are to do away with the state and base society around contract and the free market.

My only other gripe with the book is
Paul McAtee
Oct 24, 2015 Paul McAtee rated it really liked it
This is one of the best book on Anarcho Capitalism, opens your eye to what the state does and has done for years.

For instance did you know,

"The American project of bringing a free society to Iraq could not possibly have worked. Why not? Because a free society requires a free market, and the American regime of conquest was founded on socialist planning by the state." p. 38

"The federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the United States" p.166

"The Nazis outlawed medical research on a
Kevin Summers
Oct 05, 2016 Kevin Summers rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
Sample quote: "[T]here is no greater lie in American public life than the propaganda we hear every four years about how the new president/messiah is going to usher in the great dispensation of peace, equality, liberty, and global human happiness. The idea here is that the whole of society is really shaped and controlled by a single will -- a point that requires a leap of faith so vast that you have to disregard everything you know about reality to believe it. And yet people do."

The writing quali
I really like Lew Rockwell and pretty much anything that talks seriously and thoughtfully about the State. The majority of the book is in the format of a rant but it is backed-up with facts. I would love to live in the world of Anarcho-Capitalism he describes but I have too little faith in the ability of man to live under such a system without immediately forming a "State" again and using it to plunder his neighbors. If the fascist system we have now is really about to collapse, perhaps there ...more
Matthew Hockley
Jun 17, 2014 Matthew Hockley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
This is a fantastic introduction to the idea of a truly free society. Lew Rockwell delivers a searing critique of the state as it exists today. He traces the roots of its failures and shows clearly that it is an institution doomed to fail from the start. Lew goes on to show what a free society would look like and basic synopsis on how it would function.

This book is now a complete work on the matter, but an introduction that will whet the reader's appetite for more. Lew finished off the book with
Sep 26, 2015 Vic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written and thoroughly argued dissertation concerning government and our relation to it. I am not sure that I am convinced that our government should be abolished and replaced by by nothing but the unrestricted free market. I will have to read and think more on the subject. But the author has clearly and convincingly described all of the things that are wrong with the present state and how it got that way. I urge everyone to read this and think about how we can get the ruling ...more
Austin Archibald
This book is way more about modern statism than it is about anarcho-capitalism. It's an unorganized, rambling mishmash of anti-statist arguments with a focus on more contemporary issues. Was a bit disappointed. However, it is classic bombastic Rockwell style with very sound arguments. Last chapter about how anarchism would work is quite good, but a summary that relies on the arguments of others.
Enzo Quesada
Jan 21, 2016 Enzo Quesada rated it really liked it
Was an alright read although I knew much of it already. I found the section on British intelligence involvement in the 1940 election and the section on Environmentalism the most interesting. A pretty good introduction on Anarcho-Capitalism for anyone that is interested in it.
TJ Wisner
Aug 17, 2014 TJ Wisner rated it really liked it
Gives a good in-depth definition of libertarianism. A great starter to give to your Statist friends.
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Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises and congressional chief of staff to Ron Paul, is founder and chairman of the Mises Institute, executor for the estate of Murray N. Rothbard, and editor of

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“The state, rather, is a parasitic institution that lives off the wealth of its subjects, concealing its anti-social, predatory nature beneath a public-interest veneer.” 3 likes
“The keystone of the Fascist doctrine is its conception of the State, of its essence, its functions, and its aims. For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.” I submit to you that this is the prevailing ideology in the United States today. This nation conceived in liberty has been kidnapped by the fascist State.” 2 likes
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