ESCAPE FROM LEVIATHAN: Liberty, Welfare and
Lester has written an outstanding book…with the
consummate skill of an expert in the field...his critique of
democracy was a heady, almost intoxicating refutation…Lester
shows considerable originality...is able to use the concepts &
intellectual weaponry of libertarianism as effectively as the
giants of the subject—Rothbard, David Friedman & the early
Nozick included...In a short review article it is impossible to do
justice to Lester's remarkable book.
Escape from Leviathan is a notably ambitious reconstruction
of radical libertarian thinking from the ground up. Even those,
like myself, who are unpersuaded by its reformulation of
classical liberalism will benefit from reading Lester's book.
Escape from Leviathan develops a sustained and at times
fresh and surprising argument for its compatibilist conclusions. It
constitutes a formidable intellectual challenge to the social
democratic establishment in political theory.
Lester argues that utility is compatible with liberty,
understood in its classically 'negative' sense. In the process, he
has written a remarkable book, informed by a masterly
knowledge of economics and filled with careful analytical detail.
Escape From Leviathan can be obtained from Macmillan Press Ltd from June 2000. £40 HB. Alternatively, order from Laissez-Faire Books for $30 (Simply click on the Icon on the first page of this Website to reach Laissez-Faire Books).
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