What if, in a near-future America, the government existed without any support from taxation?
What if we went back to the original precept of individual liberty laid down by our founding fathers—who would not, by the way, recognize the governing body that now sprawls and intrudes into so many aspects of our lives?
Would we have chaos, brought on by a sort of leaderless paralysis created by thousands of departing bureaucrats? Or would we finally have the kind of society in which comfortable complacency could safely be allowed, free from the incessant threat of ideology?
Are these simply so many rhetorical questions? Not at all. The roadmap to such a sea-change can be found by reading this erudite little book, written with great care and deep insights by first-time author Amphidromus.
(The real author decided on using a Greek pen name to set a tone that, he says, “is intended to connote a relaxed zone in an otherwise turbulent place.”)
That’s good to know as we set off on his far-ranging journey that covers so much more than his provocative title suggests. In fact, a word of caution is called for before we begin. I’m just a humble book reviewer, and not at all sure I’m really smart enough to fully comprehend all the author has to say here.
You will use brain cells that haven’t seen a real workout since your college philosophy classes, so be forewarned. That said, grab your thesaurus and let’s dive in
In a nutshell, the author waxes eloquent on how we got to this point as a nation, controlled by a big and bloated governmental entity, actually operating against the harmonious cosmic forces that define our deeper reality (the author says tenets of Taoism are present in the solutions he provides).
Then, in a carefully constructed series of mini-essays, he explains what can be done to right the ship and resume control of our country and our lives.
This would also include repairing so-called “defects of rationality” that he says are inherent in capitalism. In addition, he asserts, this would also allow improved social justice, while actually enhancing free-market activities.
In this book, he touches on the following concepts and topics:
Money at the Level of Being — a very useful discussion of how money and wealth are separate and distinct concepts. When the concept of money is allowed to naturally progress in advanced, modern economies, he says, money actually becomes an integral part of government—which changes (almost) everything. The need to actually fund government simply disappears, he goes on to say, while the value of the currency is “assured by virtue of underlying wealth creation.”
“Wealth comes before money,” he says. “Money is imbued with value by being exchangeable for wealth.”
The Great Antinomy — a chapter in which the perceived need for an economy with top-down control, in pursuit of social justice, is examined in some depth.
The Politics of Deep Reality — a remarkable exposition that touches on God, nihilism, and how different kinds of consciousness can look at the exact same thing, and perceive it in different ways. But, most of all, we learn how modern science reveals the exquisite fine tuning of our universe, leading to a logical conclusion of divine order.
The Structural Flaws of Capitalism – an investigation into true “defects of rationality” inherent in capitalism, but to which apologists for this economic model remain blind, mostly because under our present organizing principles no alternatives can be found. But, this is also a stirring look at the unholy institution of slavery through time, and how a not-so-free capitalist market may yet give rise to victorious insurrection and therefore Apocalypse.
A True Market, Real Government — a startling discussion of (1) true, enduringly reliable, universal market forces, (2) how the original purpose of government was not to improve “human felicity and flourishing,” but to collect tribute and taxation, and (3) how and why this author’s concepts could actually enhance underlying workforce motivation, and resultant market drivers. “We are increasingly ruled, not governed,” the author asserts. “The trajectory is toward tyranny.”
Removing the Levers of Power — here is where Amphidromus really hits his stride, describing the actually unconstitutional threat of judicial review, how other sources of unaccountable decision-making can be removed, and how abusers of power — including the President – can and should be removed from office, “in handcuffs, if necessary.”
Implementation: Perfect Money Applied — finally, the author wraps up with a vigorous recipe for proper distribution of America’s wealth through augmented payments to the rank and file. This would not just result in augmentation of wages — but in a vastly simplified, integrated system of payments that could simultaneously be supported by big-money interests and the workers who make the whole system function. Through application of his proposed reforms, Amphidromus insists that “Leviathan would be forever laid to rest at the grassroots level.”
Five-plus stars to the author and his ambitious and thought-provoking work of very nearly anarchical nonfiction. (He points out how the left and anarchists too have forever been “sniffing around the right bush,” but have been prevented by their own natures from ever “finding the prize”).
If you’re fed up with Big Brother sticking its ubiquitous nose into your business at every turn, and reordering your life with frivolous legislation and whimsical executive orders that actually suffocate what the author repeatedly refers to as “fulsome wealth creation,” give this book some serious scrutiny.