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Monday, May 26th, 2014

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30 Day Book Meme - Day 18
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you

I was very disappointed by a book not long ago, though in retrospect I was being a bit unfair. The book in question: The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure by Kevin D. Williamson. It's a lovely anarcho-capitalist manifesto, detailing everything wrong with our current system and how much better things would be under completely decentralized voluntary arrangements. Not that I agreed with all of it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit (I'd picked up because I loved the writer's blogging so the style was to my taste as well).

In fact I enjoyed it all the way to the end. When I got there I was angry that Williamson had laid out why things can't go on as they are, and described a better way of doing things, but not put forth any plan for getting from A to B. My review focused on that lack, and how there were much worse places than B we could end up in. This is my main worry about current politics and I'd been hoping the book would have reassurance or at least useful suggestions for the transition. Instead the author skipped the transition. I was mad.

Which was unfair--Williamson hadn't promised a transition plan, and if his book wasn't the one I wanted it to be that doesn't make what he did produce any less. Someone else writing up the transition plan I was hoping for eased my worries a bit and let me look back at The End Is Near more evenly.

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