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The American Zone by L. Neil Smith
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In the North American Confederacy . . .People are free - really free. Free to do as they please, whether it be starting a business, running for elected office, or taking target practice in the back forty. There's not a whole lot of government, nor is there a lot of crime, because everyone who wants to carries a gun, and isn't afraid to use it.But someone has bombed the Endicott Building, killing hundreds of people, and Win Bear, the only licensed detective in the confederacy, has to find out who did this dastardly deed, and why. Because whoever did it has already shown their willingness to commit more terrorist acts, no matter how many people are hurt.And that can't go on, or soon the confederacy will be just as the bad old United States - and that is something they want to avoid at all costs.… (more)

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  Ebeth.Naylor | Sep 30, 2013 |
A book-length exposition of libertarian philosophy thinly veiled in plot. It's somewhat sweet that libertarians have such deep faith, despite all evidence, in the innate good sense of human self-interest, but the whole milieu is wildly unlikely to someone not blinded by wishful thinking. In 200 years nobody has tried another governmental power grab? (Oh but they couldn't, everybody has guns!) And now three such groups, conveniently representing three distinct types of governmentalism, arise? How coincidental. And the Confederacy natives don't recognize the problem because they lack the desire for power? Yes, I'm sure we've all noticed this in the personal lives of American gun owners. Robert Heinlein did it better in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The political setup was credible and the behaviour of human groups (if not always of individuals) was reasonably true to life. ( )
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