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Nonviolence, voluntarism and the end of war... How a stateless society will function. By Stefan Molyneux MA, of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web.
Paperback, 249 pages
Published 2008 by Freedomain Radio
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David Robins
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Describes how an anarchist ("stateless") society could work (which of course overlaps almost completely with a minarchist libertarian society), focusing on the use of DROs (Dispute Resolution Organizations) to provide physical and contract security, and private provision of the present functions of government. Details how private solutions offer more choice through competition, encourages looking at the provider side of things, and explains government's present violent system. Compelling and hig ...more
Marc D
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Logical and definitely some food for thought because this book is easy way out of the normal readers comfort zone.
Shane Lees
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how this books addresses how practical anarchism can be and touches how it can work.
Max Lewy
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A extremely enlightening, powerfully and ingeniously argued political philosophy in stunningly accessible and imaginative language. Stefan Molyneux makes a phenomenal cultural and intellectual leader for our times. A must read for anyone who doesn't understand the importance of a free economy and voluntaristic society. It won't convince everyone, but certainly makes an excellent contribution to an crucial debate we should be having about the virtues and practicalities of a Stateless society. To ...more
Lloyd Voluntaryist
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an easy, yet thought-provoking read. One need only approach this book with an open mind to see how little the State directly affects our lives; how we are each living as a matter of course, the vast majority our lives free of the State. Further, Molyneux builds upon the work of other thinkers, typically economists, in explicating the means by which even those aspects of our lives in which the State is present are fundamentally unnecessary and ultimately harmful.
Michael
Nov 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
One star for Anarcho-capitalism (the biggest oxymoron of all time). If you are new to Anarchism, stay well clear of Stefan Molyneux's nonsensical ramblings. Start with Peter Marshall's Demanding The Impossible: A History of Anarchism instead.
Mikkip
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable

A decent read although I think some points were not addressed. The argument I often hear is that the state (at least in western democracies) is not a one sided monopoly on power because— in theory — the democratic mandate of the people determines the direction of the state. If course, in practice this is a moot point, but it would have been interesting to discuss this. Related to this the idea of social contract was not mentioned which I think would have been interesting to hear Stefan’
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Corey  Mullins
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple and Elegant

Very simple, to the point and finishes in a great flourish. The points are generally easy to follow and can be remembered in conversation and in real life without having to reference the book again. A compelling and changing read.
Mikehendo
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the worst book on anarchy that I've ever read. If you want to read an Alt-right fantasy this is for you. I can't believe anyone is surprised that this guy became an alt right poster boy
Patrick Smith
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stefan Molyneux is the founder and host of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophical show in the world. With more than 2,600 podcasts, 10 books and 50 million downloads, Stefan has spread the cause of liberty and philosophy to listeners throughout the world.

As the host of Freedomain Radio, Stefan has interviewed experts Noam Chomsky, Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Dr. Warren Farrell, Pe
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“In reality, it is not so much a stateless society that we fear, but rather a family-less and friendless society where we rock gently, hugging our useless truths to our chests; solitary, ostracized, alone, rejected, scorned, derided. The truth is a desert island, we fear, and so, as evolutionarily social animals, we join our corrupt circles in mocking and attacking the truth and resent those who tell the truth for revealing the corruption that formerly was only visible unconsciously – which is to say, largely invisible.” 3 likes
“To create a State and give it the power of life and death does not solve the problem of human evil. It merely transforms the shallow desire for easy property to the bottomless lust for political power.” 2 likes
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