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A compelling case for a stateless society.

Anarchy happens when people organize their lives peacefully and voluntarily— without the aggressive violence of the state. This simple but powerful book explains why the state is illegitimate, unnecessary, and dangerous, and what we can do to begin achieving real freedom. Paperback, 129 pages.

Gary Chartier is Associate Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Law and Business Ethics at La Sierra University. He is the author of Economic Justice and Natural Law and The Analogy of Love. His byline has appeared in journals including Legal Theory, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge, he lives in Riverside, California, with his partner, Elenor, and their two cats—The Kitty Madrid and Lysander Spooner the Kitty.

“I’m absolutely giddy about The Conscience of an Anarchist; this book could electrify a generation!” —Brad Spangler, Center for a Stateless Society

“Given the popular myth that anarchists are masked kids in Circle-A T-shirts smashing windows, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. Clear and easy to understand, it’s the best basic explication of anarchist ideas since Alexander Berkman’s The ABCs of Anarchism.” — Kevin A. Carson author, The Iron Fist behind the Invisible Hand.

“The best of the political ‘conscience’ books.” — Stephan Kinsella, Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom

“Anarchism, it has been said, is the radical notion that other people are not your property. Gary Chartier eloquently demonstrates that, far from being a recipe for disorder — as the centers of power self-servingly wish us to believe — anarchism is rather the surest foundation for social cooperation, freedom, prosperity, and peace. ” — Sheldon Richman author, Tethered Citizens.

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