Dominic Frisby’s Life After the State catalogues the systematic failure of political power to meet people’s aspirations for it. From the book description:
Have you ever had the nagging feeling that the problems the country faces are spiraling out of control, that the government has lost its way and that, despite its promises, nothing ever changes? Well, you’re right. In every instance where government gets involved in people’s lives with a desire to do good, it can always be relied on to make the situation much, much worse. Yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we imagine that a world without the state would be a wild and terrifying place. With wit and devastating clarity of argument, Frisby shows in this book that human nature proves the opposite to be true. Welcome to Life After the State.
“Dominic Frisby has gone and done something extraordinary: written a page-turner on the economy. It’s both readable and radical, a serious book that is, by turn, fascinating, alarming and contentious. At times, the book makes you want to shout its message from the rooftops; at others, it just makes you want to shout. Life after the State challenges so much of what we take for granted. It is a wake-up call for politicians, economists and us all, written with clarity, verve and, more than that, the restless passion of an intelligent, inquisitive malcontent. Read it.” – James Harding, once editor of The Times now Director of BBC News and Current Affairs
Apart from writing for MoneyWeek, amongst other things, Dominic is a comedian. His light-hearted spirit infuses this excellent book.
Of course, it’s all far too radical for a Conservative, but I challenge anyone to read his accounts of life in Cuba and the decline of Glasgow and not be moved. Highly recommended.