Consent to LIFE is a story about how the world could be, given enough courage, resources and imagination.
Two young libertarians stumble upon a world-changing power source. They use the income from this discovery to setup a "Libertaria" in the Botswana desert. This state-within-a-state is governed by the Consent Axiom, a rule that no action may be taken without the consent of the people affected by that action.
Thay decide to extend the Consent philosophy to the wider world through a company which insures the freedom of its clients. When the state finally shuts the company down, and attempts to discredit Libertaria as well, they launch a new initiative called Liberty Insurance For Everyone, LIFE. The concept of individual sovereignty, embodied in the Consent Axiom, proves immensely popular, but attracts the attention of the forces of the nation-states.
Consent to LIFE is an exciting story conveying an interesting idea.
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Jan 3, 2012
A good book needs to make you want to turn each page, either to see an intriguing plot play out or to find where the underpinning ideas lead; if, like in this novel, both of these are at work then you have indeed that proverbial page-turner. The problem I found with the book is in its brevity. I can see that the author wants to create the core idea at the heart of the narrative: a functioning Libertarian community, but what he does to get there is to find an idea of how the world’s economy as we know it can be undone That in itself is such an interesting notion that it’s rather perfunctory presentation leaves one asking: ‘tell us more.’ There are other instances where things happen rather too quickly in order that the central theme can emerge as quickly as possible, and the same goes for the denouement which could have benefited from a longer exposition. But of course maybe I am different in that not being necessarily strongly Libertarian myself I would like the place and the idea put... More > into the context of that wider world whereas the Libertarian minded readership would instead simply enjoy one person’s presentation of a place they would love to exist. Michael O’Dowd Oh and a map of the Libertarian plots in Botswana would have helped me understand it’s structure a bit better.< Less
Provokes serious reflection on the models we have chosen in the name of ordering our society. An adventure - a vision of human audacity in the pursuit of pure freedom. However, I reserve fundamental disagreement with the example and terms used for the "consent" argument.
Finished your book now, and was a good read. I was fearful of it being another libertarian 'fiction' effort where the story was secondary - essentially non-fiction through dialogue. Not specifically from you, but just because virtually every libertarian 'novel' I know - a few greats aside - isn't true fiction. For me, your book didn't start well, then it picked up nicely, peaked towards the middle, and held me through the bulk of it - a patch towards the end where there was a trough, and a good ending. I had the feeling that the end (last few chapters) were not up to your earlier standards. I'm not sure why, but I didn't retain the feeling that "this is really good" as I did through the bulk of the book. Having been through the process, I know what the challenges are, a start that's plausible and presents readers needing to know the outcome, an ending that's a full stop, not a comma, characters readers care about, and so on. You've done well. I was especially impressed with... More > your writing style, which improved as it went - a great command of language at times, and good characterization, some gems. Of course I thought of Jim with your energy physics, but that served its purpose then fell away - you set yourself a tough challenge, finding a way to make trillions. I've wondered if I could think of a better solution, and haven't. I really liked your business plans, and jurisprudential issues surrounding them. They were the highlight for me. I assume they took lots of thought and time to develop. Very clever having subversion and terrorism that's not unlawful - I loved that part. If I have a criticism, it's that it's about another Libertaria. That is always the tempting option, the seminal example being Galt's Gultch. One of the real problems we face with Libertarias is that, like Galt's Gulch, they are not really plausible or viable. I must say, your's is as good as it gets. I also set myself the challenge of not having libertarianism through dialogue. You did what all the stuff I read on writing philosophical fiction recommends, namely to make only one essential point, to advance only one argument (consent in your case). You had some nice humour. In short, it's a fine effort, Trevor. Take a bow. It has the two qualities every author desires: (1) a need for the reader to finish (and not abandon the book midway), and (2) that readers recommend it to others (which I'll do). Finally, I hope it's a huge success, that it sells and sells and sells and enlightens and converts ... as did The Solution, by word-of-mouth ... I will do my bit in this regard.< Less
In “Consent to LIFE”, Trevor Watkins envisions the possibility of how libertarians could possibly give true freedom to the world, given an unlimited source of funding. Watkins’ two heroes, Conrad and Denyse, are a young South African couple disillusioned with the burdens imposed on the population by government against their will. Watkins expounds his Libertarian views and ideas, weaving a provocative tale of a massive social experiment that omnipotent governments around the world try to sabotage with any means at their disposal, even violent intervention. For those readers who feel that “something is wrong” with government power, taxation and the vast quantity of ridiculous legislation that keeps on piling up, give this book a whirl – you will probably learn a few surprising things. Only recently being introduced to the libertarian concept, I feel that for Libertarians, this book is a “must read” and is sure to stir up much debate with like-minded friends around a warm table!
Hey Dad I finished your book on the weekend. Cracker ending - made me sniffle, though. Really enjoyed it though I still think you might have more people get the full message if you revise that one section. Great writing style!
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