Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ed's book club book review
The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.
Imagine if you will if Ayn Rand wrote a sci-fi novel. It's 300 years in the future. The solar system is populated by 40billion people all the way out to the Oort cloud, there are no taxes, and virtually every function of government is privately operated. Justin Cord, a man from our time, is reanimated after cryo-sleep and enters a world where every human is incorporated at birth and spends their 300-400 year lifespan working to gain a majority share of themselves.
Against a backdrop of interesting, high-tech advancements, the book pits the Randian ideas of the individual and absolute freedom against the ideas of Milton Friedman and about the sovereign right of the individual to incorporate themselves if they want and how self-interest, being the prime motivator of men, could theoretically be used to benefit as many people as possible without government interference.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Grab a copy next time you're at the library or download it to your Kindle.