The Unincorporated Man
The Unincorporated Man is a provocative social/political/economic novel that takes place in the future, after civilization has fallen into complete economic collapse. This reborn civilization is one in which every individual is incorporated at birth, and spends many years trying to attain control over his or her own life by getting a majority of his or her own shares. Life e
Character likeability: 1 star
World building:4 stars
American propaganda: -1star
Three hundred years in the past a rich man has himself cryogenicly frozen and sealed away somewhere safe. He is reanimated into a future world where every individual is incorporated. Parents own a 20% stock in there kids. Shareholders vote on major decisions for an individual.
I really like the premise. It is incredibly interesting, especially when we learn about "penny s ...more
The premise of the book is that in the future, people are like individual corporations which can buy and sell percentages of their earnings -- the government gets an automatic 5%, parents get 20%, and t ...more
Here's the reason: I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy that has messages that I'm not on board with. For example, I loved "En/>
The gist of it is that a man from our time is awakened after a three-century cryogenic sleep and thrust into a society of complete corporatocracy – where governments have no power and all the rules are made by corporations, which are so pervasive that every person, from ...more
The basic premise is that in the future, people will all be their own corporations, and their shares will be available to be bought and sold by others on the open market. Interesting!
Then, a particularly old person (Justin) comes out of cold-sleep such that he is the only person in the world who is not act ...more
It reads like a 1950s potboiler. The characters are cardboard stereotypes. The plot is hackneyed. And the central conceit, a system of incorporation, is a problem, because a) it's silly (WHY was this solution considered? HOW did it get introduced?) and b) social forces would have acted far sooner to challenge the central premise, without requiring the figurehead. The ridiculous figurehead.
Justin Cord is basically John Galt, frozen and petrified. The book re ...more
Let's begin with the ideological critique. The Kollin brothers are obviously Ayn Randites, the kind of young, intelligent, straight, white dudes that probably voted for Ron Paul and wish that "everyone would just thi ...more
First of all: the book has Big Ideas. The biggest one is the idea of individual incorporation. Every human being is a corporation, and people and businesses can buy and sell stock in other people and other businesses. The authors do a great job of explaining what this system might look like along with truly creative and insightful socio-economic exploration of the consequences. That idea alone would have been enough for a novel, but they ...more
For those not familiar with the modern Objectivist/Libertarian strai ...more
It's disappointing because the premise - billionaire has himself cryogenically suspended, then is re-awakened 300 years later (in the 24th century) to find that more than a little has changed - was promising. It could have been interesting, but alas, the authors have spent more t ...more
Unfortunately, I found the story unpersuasive: the future society (seen through the eyes of a 21st-century individual who has himself cryogenically frozen, and is lucky enough to have his capsule disc ...more
I remember hearing once that at the heart of all Science Fiction, and really the basis of what makes Sci-fi what it is, is the question of "what if...?" Science fiction always is a look into the future to try and decipher a billion different "What if"s and soon I'm hoping to further dive into the genre to explore them all.
The "what if" in this book is simple: What if corporations took over runni ...more
Also, there was a little bit of random sexism and it seemed like the authors really went out of their way to add it to an otherwise sexism-free future. Just why?
A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It's a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves.
Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race - owned by no one and owning no one.
It’s a premise that Ayn Rand would love and a character that she might have created ...more
The Unincorporated Man creates a fish out of water character in Justi ...more
As the description says, this book is about a man--Justin Cord--from the early 21st century who emerges from spending 300 years in hypersleep/stasis to find a world in which everyone is incorporated at birth--that is, just as when companies go public, each per ...more
This phrase is useful because it is undeniable. Most use it as a reminder that every single thing the government does is supported by expropriation and predicated on the threat of violence, and so advocating humanitarian policy X does not automatically place you on the moral high-ground. There must be a high threshold to pass in order to pay for a program with public funds. You should be willing to “hold a gun to a person’s head” to f ...more
Here is the thing... I love science fiction because it is such a great medium to explore social criticisms and political analysis while telling a great story. Allegory and metaphor presented ...more
A few years back, broke, desperate and living with my wife and three kids at my in-laws, I decided to get together with my brother, Eytan and write a book. Mind you I had no idea how to go about this but I did know that Eytan had some great ideas and little tenacity and I had a lot of tenacity and a gift for knowing how to turn great ideas into a marketabl ...more