Must Read Books:
The Sovereign Individual

The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State. by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Note: The following are notes from the above book. I found the book seminal, eye-opening, life-changing. I recommend that you buy and read the entire book. Only by reading the entire book will you get the whole picture. The following quotes, I hope, will whet your appetite. --Colby Glass

"If our deductions are correct, you stand at the threshold of the most sweeping revolution in history. Faster than all but a few now imagine, microprocessing will subvert and destroy the nation-state, creating new forms of social organization in the process. This will be far from an easy transformation" (12).

"Through all of human history from its earliest beginnings until now, there have been only three basic stages of economic life: (1) hunting- and-gathering societies; (2) agricultural societies; and (3) industrial societies. Now, looming over the horizon, is something entirely new, the fourth stage of social organization: information societies" (12).

"As we explain in detail, information societies promise to dramatically reduce the returns to violence, in part becuase they transcend locality. In the new millenium, the advantage of controlling violence on a large scale will be far lower than it has been at any time since before the French Revolution. This will have profound consequences. One of these will be rising crime. When the payoff for organizing violence at a large scale tumbles, the payoff from violence at a smaller scale is likely to jump. Violence will become more random and localized. Organized crime will grow in scope...

"Another logical implication of falling returns to violence is the eclipse of politics. There is much evidence that adherence to the civic myths of the twentieth-century nation-state is rapidly eroding. The death of Communism is merely the most striking example... the collapse of morality and growing corruption among leaders of Western governments is not a random development. It is evidence that the potential of the nation-state is exhausted. Even many of its leaders no longer believe the platitudes they mouth" (13).

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