Book Review -- The Alodia story
What a Free Society Would Look Like
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by Mike O'Mara, 3 April 2011The Alodia Scrapbook, by Lindy Davies, tells the story of a fictional country in Africa which adopts reforms that illustrate what a free society would be like.
In the story, Alodia had been struggling with poverty and debt, until it begins to introduce major reforms, including economic reforms and personal liberties.
The world is stunned and skeptical about the reforms being introduced to the country of Alodia.
Those reforms include such things as enabling job creation as well as affordable food and other products and services, by removing the harmful taxes on labor, income, sales, etc. -- while also providing equal access to natural resources, by collecting the rental value of land. Personal liberty reforms include legalizing victimless crimes, such as gambling and private use of drugs, instead of continuing the counterproductive war on drugs. Full freedom of the press is upheld, even allowing scathing criticisms to be published by the special interests who oppose the economic reforms.
A new constitution is proposed for the country, with a Bill of Rights much like that of the U.S., with the addition of guaranteeing citizens the right of access to natural resources, while upholding the right to ownership of products that people produced.
The story is told in the form of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photos, transcripts of interviews and dialogues, memos, etc. -- thus the title, The Alodia Scrapbook. There are side stories about the leader of the interim government, his close associates, and some of the people who at first oppose his reforms.
This is one of the only books so far, or perhaps the only book so far, to present a story of what a truly free society would look like -- by contrast, there are various novels and science fiction stories by economic conservatives that portray their version of a free society, but their stories involve a misguided view of property. For example, even though the series of Probability Broach stories by L. Neil Smith are fun in many ways, they have that major problem, as does Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged.
Alhough there is now a movie version of Atlas Shrugged, what I'd rather see is the Alodia story made into a movie, which would present a more consistent view of what a free society would look like.
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