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ESCAPE FROM LEVIATHAN: Liberty, Welfare and Anarchy Reconciled

The Groundbreaking New Book from LA Member Dr J. C. Lester

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.
Professor Norman Barry, University of Buckingham.

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.
John Gray, Professor of European Thought, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

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.
Antony Flew, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading.

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.
Jan Narveson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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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