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For anyone interested in seeing a future like that of EarthWeb come to life, the following books are among the intellectual wellsprings from which it is derived.


Parliament of Whores, by P.J. O'Rourke. The funniest book ever written about why we have to get rid of all the government bureaucrats.

The Machinery Of Freedom, David Friedman. This is the first and probably only book ever written to carefully define what it means to have a government, and to make a proposal for how to build a fully functional society without one.

World of Null-A, A.E. van Vogt. An early attempt to grapple with the idea of building a society without strong central authority, though it leans on the idea of educating a better breed of human being.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. What can one say about the book selected by the people of the Web as the best book of the 20th Century? Written at a time when the intellectuals of America were in love with socialism, convinced that Soviet Communism would defeat democratic capitalism because of its inherently superior ideology, this is the first great work of fiction to explain clearly why less government is almost always better government, and why free markets, over the long term, reliably improve life for all of us.


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