December 1, 2015 at 5:02 am #22828Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Just came out today, this is a new series unrelated to his previous works.
New York Times Bestselling author James Wesley, Rawles’s Land of Promise is a bold piece of speculative fiction that posits the establishment of a Christian nation of refuge, in response to the establishment of a global Islamic Caliphate in the near future. Launched by a pair of free-thinking venture capitalists and an Israeli art dealer, the fictional Ilemi Republic is carved out of a disputed border region between Kenya and South Sudan, with the consent of the governments of these two neighboring nations.
The fledgling Ilemi Republic is a nation of firsts in modern history: The first nation as a dedicated place of refuge for Christians and Messianic Jews; The first nation with absolutely no taxes or levies of any kind; The first nation with no licenses or permits; The first nation with minimalist government; The first nation to reject fiat currency and establish a tri-metallic currency (gold, silver, and platinum); The first nation to have a self-policing citizenry with a citizen’s militia–and hence no standing army and no police force; The first nation with a near absolute right to keep and bear arms, where only weapons of mass destruction are restricted from private ownership; and the first nation without a parliament or congress, where all decisions are made by public referendum.
“In Land of Promise, [Jim Rawles] crafts an exception to the rule: He speculates on proactive efforts to carve out a liberty lifeboat on Earth. It is the last refuge of free people in charge of their own lives. In every other place on Earth that man has put down roots, the usual suspects come out of the woodwork to offer advice on how to run his life and eventually develop systems that strangle that very life out of them. Some of these have been much worse than others as witnessed in the blood-soaked twentieth century.” – Bill Buppert, ZeroGov Forums
Warning: If you don’t like works with a Christian theme this may not be for you. As I highlighted above parts in Amazon description. I suspect a Christian emphasis to go along with the Libertarian politics.
I have enjoyed Rawles previous works and like the premise of this new series. Will give a more in depth review once I have finished reading it.
For today only (book release day–December 1st), the Kindle e-book is priced at just $2.99. But the price will go up to $3.99 tomorrow.
If interested you can save a buck today.February 8, 2016 at 9:57 am #24425BobParticipant
Finished reading it.
The thing that Rawles does that drives me absolutely batty, is his insistence to try and drive “Reformed Theology” down the readers throat.
People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, "Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else."February 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm #24428Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
Overall I enjoyed this because of the interesting premise.
In reality it was more about setting the stage for the following books.
As I had already stated, the Christian theme of a particular doctrine maybe too much for some readers.
I will continue to follow this series with interest.February 9, 2016 at 6:39 am #24443rampantraptorParticipant
If you want to talk about administrations with minimalist governments, the Kurds in Syria have been tossing around some really radical ideas. Once you pull the socialist veneer off there’s a lot of interesting ideas being tossed around – a democratically controlled militia with elected officers, a shift away from currencies and towards barter economies, government being concentrated in local assemblies as much as possible, no real gun control, giving civilians police training so the police become unnecessary, etc. Being former commies, they do put a lot of emphasis on communes, but there’s still private property rights as well.
I’ve actually been keeping tabs on their Rojava project quite intently to see what does and doesn’t work. Of course it’s not perfect, but it could be a good model for establishing local governments if widespread civil conflict were to ever hit here in the good ol’ US of A.
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