Eugene Rubinstein might not be a seasoned author or veteran economist, but his debut into the literary world shows that he can capture an audience, promote the economics of freedom and make the subject entertaining. After reading his ebook, you’ll be clamoring for more economic tales.
“Hapinburg: The story of how civilization chooses the wrong direction. Why the economy will inevitably fail” is the story of the town of “Hapinburg” that was founded in a kingdom that embraced the concepts of freedom, free markets, capitalism and letting the people alone to manage their own affairs. For generations, the town enjoyed tremendous success and economic and financial boons without government involvement or central economic planning.
After one king decided to permit the government to interfere into one aspect of the people’s lives, the government continued to grow with more bureaucrats, more social programs and an enormous sum of taxes in order to pay for the bloated government – there is an even a Keynesian official that calls for a stimulus package, which proves a failure (much like real life).
Once the government completed brainwashing the people, collapsing society and bringing everyone into misery, the town had to start all over again. It did this by contracting the size and scope of government, removing hindering regulations and eliminating the amount of taxes that paralyzed the people.
The story doesn’t advocate for an end to government, but it makes the point that a government, even with all of its good intentions, can generate hellish conditions for the electorate, the citizen and the taxpayer – a politician may seem to be munificent, but it’s with other people’s money that he or she stole to pay for its contributions.
“I want to repeat this,” states an advisor to the king,” even if your intentions are pure, but you go against the common laws to accomplish them, the results inevitability will be destructive.”
This is an important piece of dialogue to comprehend the state of Hapinburg and how it came to reach its utter demise.
With obvious references to Austrian and Chicago economics and libertarianism, “Hapinburg” does a great job of combining the elements of today’s economic dilapidations with the town’s evolution (or devolution). Much like the United States prior to World War II, the town experienced economic success because the federal and state governments did not intervene in the personal affairs of the people through the philosophy of the founders.
The fictitious town of Hapinburg represents most nations, states/provinces and municipalities that have eviscerated free markets and capitalism in favor of mixed economies and socialism that have brought high volumes of debt, a paucity of economic growth and the violations of civil and economic liberties.
Indeed, Rubinstein is able to condense an array of economic textbooks into an ebook that can explain the dangers of leviathan. Unfortunately, the happy ending of “Hapinburg” will not take place in regions that have already embraced the idea that government can solve all of society’s ills until liberty is returned to the top of the list of importance.