"I hadn't thought of it that way."
The above words of professor West in the novel Looking Backward 2162-2012 speak volumes. Being a liberal-progressive college professor, West had been living for years with a depressing world view which constantly sees problems that need to be tackled in society, but can only see one hope for solutions ... activist government.

For years West's mind has been obsessed with a maddening drumbeat of continual thoughts lamenting that government is not doing enough. Rendered miserable by his own self-induced blindness, which he liked to reinforce by hanging out with another college professor who arrogantly insisted on the same blindness, West was not an evil man.  He meant well. He had simply never entertained freeing his mind enough to see things differently.

Wouldn't professor West be constantly amazed, and ask question after question, if he woke up one day and found himself in a future libertarian society in which people lived very happily and fulfilled ... all his pre-sleep pet problems having long ago been solved not by government but by free men and women working out voluntary solutions? It's easy to imagine that the answers offered to the professor's questions would have him saying many times with each new epiphany, "I hadn't thought of it that way?"

Professor West's gradual awakening constitutes the plot of this novel by Beth Cody, which is subtitled: A View from a Future Libertarian Republic. The novel is a fun read since in the story's future setting there is no longer a United States as we know it but 9 separate political entities which each handle things in different ways, yet seeing the value of voluntary cooperation they may be more truly united than ever.

Beth Cody
Beth Cody is a libertarian writer who lives in Iowa and writes for the Iowa City Press Citizen. She has a degree in Economics and a graduate degree in International Finance, and also owns a small retail business.

She writes that the idea for her describing in a novel a possible libertarian future was triggered by a chance reading of the once immensely popular novel depicting a socialist utopia, Looking Backward 2000-1887, by Edward Bellamy.

Since her novel shows in great depth, with thorough explanations, how things might work in a libertarian society, we suggest every libertarian buy a copy and after reading it pass it on lovingly as a gift to a liberal-progressive college professor.

To understand the insane psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged."

"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

  1. Beth January 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM  

    Thanks so much for your very nice review!
    -Beth Cody