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Thursday, December 18, 2014

libertarian porn


LIBERTARIAN PORN

Last weekend I had the pleasure of reading “Apocalypse Drift” by Joe Nobody, a darn fine read made even better by the fact it was included in a collection of dystopian novels which totaled a mere ninety-nine cents on Kindle ( A Taste Of Tomorrow-The Dystopian Boxed Set 11 Book Collection ).  Now, I liked his other novel which started a series.  It was better than a butt ton of other post-apocalypse stuff out there.  I just didn’t care for it enough to read anymore in the series.  It wasn’t bad, not at all.  I just didn’t feel like spending $10+ each ( on a semi-related note, I scored big time on the entire series less one at our local bookstore of “299 Days” also from Prepper Press, at a mere third the price.  Sure, it’s militia porn rather than post-apocalypse if my memory serves correctly, but a brother needs to take what he can get and thank Baby Jesus anyway ), opting instead to spend most of my book budget on non-fiction ( the above exception paid for with store credit ).  My point here is that Apocalypse Drift was far better than his other one.  Which was pretty darn good itself.  It’s been awhile since I ran across such a good description of the unfolding of a disaster ( in this case, a cyber attack ).  It was nicely detailed and plausible.  And then, after such wonderful Apocalypse goodness, the end turned into Libertarian Porn and kind of ruined everything ( okay, technically this is a collection of dystopia genre novels, not apocalypse.  I understand that.  And I still wholeheartedly recommend you read this great novel.  Just beware ).

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I guess it didn’t help I also read a non-fiction libertarian book on Kindle the same weekend ( again, splitting hairs, he was an anarchist writer.  But I‘ve read all his same arguments from Libertarians.  Yes, a big difference between the two philosophically.  But not reality-avoidance wise ).  What is the deal with Libertarian writers?  Are they so self-congratulatory that they single-handedly discovered freedom from government that they think they can then avoid all other studies which might hinder their argument?  I’m an anarchist, but I also understand it can only work under the best of circumstances and only in a resource rich environment.  Using ONLY economic arguments allows them to ignore scarcity issues which have a lot more bearing on reality than they wish to acknowledge.  Sorry, guys, innovation and freedom of action do NOT repeal the laws of physics.  That maximizes production, it does not invalidate finite resource laws.  Thinking a change in political rules will change Peak Oil is a fantasy.  Finite energy does not allow infinite growth.  Allowed by politicians or not.  Read the book, enjoy a different type of collapse and a slightly different bug-out, just beware the silly ending that defies reality.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. For $0.99 it's worth the download. I'm reading books on an iphone 4 that my daughter gave me when she upgraded. No service, but the wifi works.

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  2. As a self professed anarcho-libertarian ( I believe an total voluntary anarchist state is an ideal, but admit that a libertarian government is probably the best we will ever be able to get and live under)- I agree. Liberty does NOT solve resource constrain issue of a single world. It does however, allow for a LOT of ways to deal with the issue, except of course, coercive mass action - the only option the 'greens' on the political 'left' seem to offer. Small hold farmers, voluntary downshifting lifestyles, true market pricing of resources, etc. Lots of innovations would be spurred encouraged, tried, and although most would fail over time, some of the ideas could stick. But as long as Massive coercive organizations (governments) exist to enforce their massive volumes of regulations most of the possible innovations for mitigating the problems of overshoot will wither on the vine un-realized. And then, when the law crumbles most mitigation will be too little, too late.
    That's why I prep now.
    The worst part, is although the organization(s) will crumble, the remnants will continue. Mayors will be like the kings of ancient city states, Sheriffs will be more like Nottingham than Mayberry. Cops will be the better armed blue wearing gang/mafia.
    And the feds will swoop in like the kings men with full cooperation from local authorities most of the time. Didn't pay off your student loan? Here comes the dept. of education swat team to seize your valuables or person. Didn't get a permit for collecting that rainwater? Here comes the EPA swat team for the same purpose, and they are bringing the Sheriffs dept. to split the loot under civil asset forfeiture 'laws'. Even as the roads and bridges fall apart, and most people are without money of any sort.

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    1. As long as we realize anarchism is just a fun hobby, and don't get upset it will never fly, it is a nice way to pass the time speculating.

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  3. Yo, you get the mag loader and the other crap I sent?

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    1. Um, no. But its Xmas time so I'm sure it will show soon. I'll post as I get minion bribes.

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