A libertarian look at Philip K. Dick

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May 3, 2011
by Thomas Luongo  
Posted in Commentary

"As a mostly lonely and awkward teenager, I saw Dick’s story solely in human terms. The tragedy of J.R. Isidore losing his friends, Deckard’s conversion to Mercerism (a religion based on human empathy) after executing the Battys and the reconciliation with his wife were the things that I focused on. But, now, looking back through older, possibly wiser eyes, I see conflicts created solely as consequences of State action. Rothbard’s condemnation of the State in all of its guises were easy to accept as I had been primed for years by Dick, whose work informed so many of my favorite films, comics and music. Reading Rothbard was like adding another member to my family." (05/04/11)


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