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In this brilliant and widely acclaimed book, winner of the 1975 National Book Award, Robert Nozick challenges the most commonly held political and social positions of our age - liberal, socialist, and conservative. 

©1974 Basic Books, Inc. (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Minarchy justified without any flaws in argument

Unlike many other political philosophers, Nozick's ability to address humans as humans with human nature is what makes his political philosophy practical. Deliberate denial of human nature by some scholars of social engineering and political philosophy resulted by ignorance or serpentine malevolence of scholars has created utter destruction and death of millions. These ideas of minarchy, Libertarianism, or self governance are " still newest idea in man's relationship to man". The 'meta Utopia' or 'distopia' of minarchy allows the cycle of chaos and order in reaching towards a better society, which should be of people's interest. But Nozick doesn't take this short utilitarian escape path, rather he spends his most part of the book in justifying the minimal state and explaining why any state more than that can't be justified.

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  • F.H.M.
  • 09-01-20

joyfully ignorant or joyfully heinous

I find it rather interesting that Nozick doesn't touch upon Hobbes considering how independent of states he wants his readers to be. The flippant disregard Nozick has for the loyalty towards hlthe state speaks of a very corrupt state, yet his proposed solution is a darwinist slaughterfest of communities, and the individuals living in those communities. His protective agencies sound very much like mercenary companies. What prevents them from acting like such? other protective agencies?Nozick also seems to disregard the western revolutions that so enshrined the freedom of the individual, in favour of lower taxes. Who needs roads is one of his flippant comments.

even compared to the revolutionaries of the 1840's Nozick's vissions are unimaginative and misrepresented.

Nozick is a true Sophist, who has no regard for others in his philosophy. But if you are healthy, wealthy and intelligent, Nozick might be the Sophist for you

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  • Roy Nadler
  • 18-05-19

Mathematical analysis of minarchy

philosophy books are a bit hard to listen to.
But the piece is monumental and educational dissection of the core ideas of liberalism.

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  • 03-01-21

Very interesting but totally wrongheaded

Very interesting book, but the weak point is the explanation of why property rights must be instituted and respected in the way his theory requires (justice in acquisition as Nozick calls it). This is the central plank of the theory and the arguments put forward for it are embarrassingly bad

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