The Freedomseeker
by John Henry Mackay

A novel that tells the story of a man's evolution to a philosophical anarchist. It emphasizes his feelings of isolation and independence. The writing is uneven. It reminds me of Any Rand's style. Some syllogisms are carried so far they become meaningless. It has good stuff on extremism (consistency), individualism, free trade, non-aggression, and anarchism. Unfortunately, it is sprinkled with nonsense about labor being the source and measure of value, interest being robbery, copyrights discouraging creativity, free love being better than marriage, and so on. The worst is that it reflects an unbalanced personality, one obsessed with freedom to the exclusion or diminution of other values. It is also irritating to read Stinirite denials of moral concepts in a book that is otherwise inflamed by a strong sense of justice.

Year Read: 1984


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