Skip to comments.Book Review: Molon Labe by Boston T. Party
Posted on 03/04/2004 10:29:15 AM PST by Jack Black
Molon Labe by Boston T. Party
Molon Labe is a Greek phrase that dates back to the battle of Thermopylae. A small contingent of 300 Greek soldiers faced off a huge Iranian army of a half million men. The Iranians told the Greeks "we don't want to kill you, send out your arms and we will let you live" to which the Greeks responded "come and get them" (Molon Labe).
The Greeks were slaughtered to a man but did hold the Iranians back long enough to allow reinforcements to arrive, and Greece herself was saved from invasion.
Before reading the book, based on the title, I was expecting a military thriller about armed insurgents fighting off a vicious PC military commanded by Hillary Clinton. Indeed several books of this type have been published in the last few years. But Boston surprises, the book is really a hybrid. It falls somewhere between a traditional novel and and a how-to guide.
The novel is the story of a small group of freedom advocates who tire of the creeping socialism of the United States. It is set in the very near future, ending in 2012.
In this case the how-to is how to take over the state of Wyoming via the political process and what to do with this power once achieved. Thus it is more of a political thriller than a military one.
The story is an interesting one and I found the book an enjoyable read. However readers looking for a conventional novel might feel disappointed. Characterization is thin, only fleshed out enough to drive the central points of the book home.
So, it's not a huge simmering action novel with lots of battle scenes, it's not a deeply engaging romantic novel that draws you into its characters lives. Why read it?
As a hard hitting polemic and how-to guide it succeeds. This is rare form of book, some of Ayn Rands work came to mind, such as Anthem. The book is a treatise on the reasons for political succession and a lot of ideas about how to achieve it. Many of the ideas are obviously fanciful, such as the laws that the free state of Wyoming pass to eliminate sales tax for citizens carrying arms. But these add a fun touch of whimsy to a book that might otherwise become pedantic.
Boston is a self published author, and apparently a pretty successful one, based on the number of books he has in print. He has previously written a number of liberty oriented books on subjects ranging from the origins of the Constitution to the well respected "Boston's Gun Bible", now in its second edition.
The freedom of self-publishing has allowed him to create an idiosyncratic writing style. Molon Labe is packed with quotes on liberty from sources both new and old. There are long speeches given by characters that lay out their motivations and plans. There are appendices with even more details on how to free Wyoming. Underlines, italics and bold text and other quirky formatting abound. Apparently Boston's dedication to liberty includes freedom from the staid conventions of layout and typesetting.
So, should you read the book? Yes, if you are a devotee of the current crop of writers writing on liberty. BTP has created an engaging book with more ideas per page than the binding can contain. Readers who enjoyed other self published books in this vein, such as Unintended Consequences, will likely be able to overlook the rough edges and be carried along by the story, ideas and abundance of anecdotal asides.
Finally anyone involved in, or curious about, the real life attempts to create a liberty oriented state such as that undertaken by the Free State Project or the Western Liberty Alliance should definitely pick up this book.
Readers looking for a conventional military thriller or novel might better look elsewhere. But the shelves at the airport are full of such cookie cutter fare, much of it ghost written for Tom Clancey. You won't remember much about those books when you put them down, but Molon Labe is sure to have you looking at things in a new light after reading it. For this it must ultimately be considered a success and a worthwhile read.
The term you're looking for is roman a' clef in which actual figures or events- or likely forthcoming ones, with slightly fictionalized though often recognizable characters are present- populate the story.
And a couple of "modern" versions:
I read Molon Labe in two nights right after the SHOT Show, and while it's certainly not a conventional novel, it shows real brilliance throughout. The columns interspersed throughout by "Whisk E. Rebellion" lay out the reasons for the Wyoming Free State Project in detail. I don't know if Libertarians will be up for following instructions on moving to certain counties on a planned schedule, in order to take over the political structure of a state, that seems like a stretch.
But certainly, as America continues its downward slide to socialism, tyranny and moral decadence, it's worth considering the benefits of freedom-lovers moving en-masse to one or two lesser-populated western states, and making a stand. This probably won't happen according to anybody's plan or schedule, but I hope that it happens. As freedom's torch dims in most of America, perhaps the torch can continue to burn brightly in a few outposts of liberty, and serve as a continuing benchmark for the rest of the nation.
Today I got a bill from a tax assessor that wants me to list all the property I have in a room I rent, so I can pay them some percent of its value. This room is not used for business at all. Wow! I thought the IRS was bad, but this is even more obnoxious. There is a special section for "libraries". Number of volumes, conditions, etc. They remind you to include artwork on the walls.
We frogs gotta jump soon or we'll be cooked.
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