A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears)

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears) Review

A tiny American town's plans for radical self-government overlooked one hairy detail: no one told the bears.
Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched the Free Town Project, a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government. In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH, a barely populated settlement with one paved road.
When they descended on Grafton, public funding for pretty much everything shrank: the fire department, the library, the schoolhouse. State and federal laws became meek suggestions, scarcely heard in the town's thick wilderness.
The anything-goes atmosphere soon caught the attention of Grafton's neighbors: the bears. Freedom-loving citizens ignored hunting laws and regulations on food disposal. They built a tent city in an effort to get off the grid. The bears smelled food and opportunity.

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear is the sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying tale of what happens when a government disappears into the woods. Complete with gunplay, adventure, and backstabbing politicians, this is the ultimate story of a quintessential American experiment -- to live free or die, perhaps from a bear.

Title:A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears)
Edition Language:English

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  • K.J. Charles

    Absolutely amazing. The story of a tiny remote New Hampshire town that has prioritised not paying taxes and avoiding state interference over everything in its history including, crucially, a functiona...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    In pursuit of the ideal community, a chance to show the inherent superiority of their beliefs, a ton of internet-buddy libertarians force themselves on a small New Hampshire town, taking over and gutt...

  • Donna Davis

    How much would you pay right now to laugh out loud, and laugh hard, about something that has nothing whatsoever to do with current events? Exactly. My thanks go to Net Galley and Perseus Books for the...

  • David Wineberg

    What would a town run by libertarians look like? Wild, happy freedom? Prosperity for all? In Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s A Libertarian Walks into a Bear, the answer is much more uncomfortable. Libert...

  • Angie Boyter

    A honey of a tale!The title of this book raised three expectations in my mind: I will hear about rather committed libertarians; I will learn something about animals, particularly bears; and I will hav...

  • Cait McKay

    Something this dire - a town of people so opposed to paying taxes that they become a country-wide hotspot for bear attacks - should not be this funny. Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling carefully walks the line...

  • David

    This book – in which libertarians have literally a title role – was researched, written, fact-checked, edited, probably re-edited (if it's like most other books), and generally endured all the tor...

  • Farah Mendlesohn

    Good book to read the day the election results concluded. Died laughing. Turns out that taxes pay for things you might need. But in between the levity this book has fascinating things to say and I lea...

  • Kristen

    I grew up in Harrisville, New Hampshire -- a tiny town located just east of Keene. From what I can remember from my childhood, there wasn't a lot to do in Harrisville. I do remember there were a lot o...

  • Christopher

    What do you get when you cross a group of libertarians intent on eliminating government, a small New Hampshire town with seemingly plenty of space for new residents, a steadily increasing bear populat...