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Life After the State

Life After the State [Kindle Edition]

Dominic Frisby

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Thought-provoking and original, anyone concerned how big and bloated government has become must read this book. Dominic Frisby asks the kind of questions that those in Westminster need to start asking. - Douglas Carswell, MP We can't go on as we are. All politicians know that. But if they read Life After The State they might also start to understand what they might do about it. A must read for any thinking man or woman. - Merryn Somerset Webb, FT columnist and editor Moneyweek Magazine Things are so bad that in our time only a comedian can make sense of an economy based on printing money. Dominic Frisby's Life After the State is an accessible contemporary anarcho-capitalist critique of the mess we're in with pointers for our escape. - Guido Fawkes, political blogger It's incredibly readable and incredibly thought-provoking. - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord An entertaining cogent attack on state power, which should topple the centralist Trots once and for all. - Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler


Have you ever had the nagging feeling that the problems the country faces are spiraling out of control, that the government has lost its way and that, despite its promises, nothing ever changes? Well, you're right.

In every instance where government gets involved in people's lives with a desire to do good, it can always be relied on to make the situation much, much worse. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we imagine that a world without the state would be a wild and terrifying place. With wit and devastating clarity of argument, Frisby shows in this book that human nature proves the opposite to be true.

Welcome to Life After the State.

"Dominic Frisby has gone and done something extraordinary: written a page-turner on the economy. It's both readable and radical, a serious book that is, by turn, fascinating, alarming and contentious. At times, the book makes you want to shout its message from the rooftops; at others, it just makes you want to shout. Life after the State challenges so much of what we take for granted. It is a wake-up call for politicians, economists and us all, written with clarity, verve and, more than that, the restless passion of an intelligent, inquisitive malcontent. Read it." - James Harding, once editor of The Times now Director of BBC News and Current Affairs


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 312 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Unbound (7. November 2013)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding effort 20. Januar 2014
Von Campbell SMyth - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read this on advice from a friend and came away genuinely impressed with the arguments Frisby puts up. The welfare lobby will reject the idea of genuine reform in the UK but its self evident that the current system is unworkable and financially doomed. Frisby gave a good analysis of the current situation and I think also gave some reasonable ideas of how to change it. Of course social upheaval would be a consequance of reducing the welfare state; but also positive change results. I am reminded of New Zealand which was suffering from a bloated welfare state and low productivity before budget emergency and a strong new government gave it the impetus to change, and it changed for the better. For the reader of this book I would treat it as floating some good thought bubbles to debate; and not getting too worked up about its dismissal of the left's sacred cows like the NHS. I hope someone in the position to make actual decisions reads it as it could do us all some good! I enjoyed Dominics writing style and its an enjoyable and thought provoking read. Definitely would recommend it to people interested in economics, at all ends of the political spectrum.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A worth while read on the crime of government and how to correct it. 21. März 2014
Von andrew begosh - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is a fully comprehensive review of the crimes that is part and parcel of any and all governments.
It is a gathering force of information needed to unravel the Gordian knot that leads to the abuse of self serving and self sustaining government wasteful programs and sites ways and means to correct same.

Some of the sentence structures are a bit hard to understand, but I would highly recommend it to any one who wants a free unfettered life style that we can pass on to our most precious children.

Rest assured elected government officials WONT put these ideas into motion as it would be the end of their cushy artificial jobs.
Only educated people who arm themselves with such information will be able to throw off the yoke of government waste.

A very informative read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Only a comedian can explain the system that it is based on money printing. 16. März 2014
Von Pavlos Argyriadis - Veröffentlicht auf
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Very nice and thought provoking book.
How goverment intervention twists even the best intented initiative.
His points on education are most valid. We dont need no goverment to educate our children.
His points are that the free market is dead when people and politicians alike do nothing more than lobby for legistation that makes rent seekers richer.
I should suggest the reader to pay extra attention to rent seekers that excuse themselves for ecological reasons especially imaginary threats like climate change.
Electricity is becoming a luxury in countries like germany that invest heavily on photovoltaics.
However his arguments against goverment paid health care should be read with causion.
Scandinavian countries that have a health based system with very big goverment inteventions have the highest life expentancy with the least cost.(At least compared to America and Britain)
On health care it is very important factor who has highjacked the goverment, and if goverment and state beraucracy is accountable to laws or citizens or not to tell if a goverment paid health works.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen It reeds like a rant to start but becomes more lucid further in. This lucidity makes the failings in his argument self-evident 2. Januar 2014
Von Lawrence Spiller - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is well written and referenced and from the extensive bibliography you would believe the author was well read but it soon becomes evident that he has focused on self-reinforcing right-wing economists with little grasp of the sociological implication of his proposals. The first few chapters feel like a rant in which the increasing size of the state is blamed for the decline of Glasgow. The omission of any reference to the revolution in Russia and growth in communism worldwide leaves the reader screaming at the author for more balance. There is no mention on how the excesses of unrestrained capitalism would be restrained in a “Free Market”. Dominic does speak out against the imbalance of wealth but does not identify this as an imbalance of power and seems to believe that each individual is capable of negotiating everything for themselves. He gives the example of the simplicity of buying bread but fails to see how complex this actually is: does the seller own the bread, what is it made of, how fresh is it, how long will it keep, who else is selling similar bread, can it be returned, and is the money genuine and worth something, are a few questions that come to my mind. A better illustration is that no one but a corporation has time to read and understand all the legal contracts they accept when joining a website or installing software. Dominic would do well to add [...] to his reading.

Dominic does see a need for the State to protect property rights and then suggests all taxes could be replaced by a Land Value Tax. Annoyingly he doesn’t acknowledge that we already have Unified Business Rates and Community Charges in the UK and therefore doesn’t consider how much is already raised by this means. He makes the error of believing that Land has some intrinsic value when he should recognise that whilst supply is fixed, it is what someone does to the land that makes it valuable. If you tax land you will reduce its value and people will do things elsewhere. He repeats this error in suggesting metal, specifically gold, has an intrinsic value. He claims gold has very few uses overlooking jewellery and electronic components. This rather ruins an otherwise excellent discussion on the nature of money. Using metal as money, or money tied to metal prices is therefore meaningless. Fundamentally Money is a token of exchange of labour; if you do this for me, I, or someone else you give this token to, will do something for you, because I will do something for them when I’m given it back. Printing money is a promise to do more and more things in the future and we have now got well beyond what we can do in our own lifetimes. The question is how many future generations can we commit for our benefit today?

I was fascinated by the chapter on Education and the merits of home schooling. Perhaps it is the fact that Dominic, who professes to be home schooled in Economics, is lacking the breadth of understanding or a context to his proposals, that leads us to favour a more collective education.

Perhaps most disturbing is that whilst Dominic talks freely of killing “zombie” companies without much consideration of why companies fail and the pain of the death of a company, he must also believe we should kill or let die people who can no longer provide for themselves and have failed to make adequate provision for their perhaps unforeseen circumstances. He fails to see that although Banks were saved by the State, the shareholders where wiped out and senior managers punished. Only the customers where protected by a continuing service. The jungle may be in harmony but it is a vicious place where most die young. Its laws have no place in a civilised society. With a decline in religious conviction and charities already struggling we cannot hope they will step up to protect the weak as the State is rolled back. There are no natural charities in the jungle and Dominic’s suggestion that everyone will be rich is fanciful. Wealth is relative and wages in a “free market” will be bid down to the minimum the weakest need to subsist… and then some!
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