The Water Thief


Profound… sure to spark a reaction” and “scathing, ceaselessly engaging
Kirkus Reviews

A brilliant rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
Clarion Reviews

“Enough to scare readers into activism”

A powerful saga that deserves to be in every school and debated by any
who question authority and elements of freedom in society
Midwest Book Review

CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, which is to say that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.But when he discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees his chance to move up in the world, maybe even become an executive. He reports her, spinning a picture, not just of a thief, but of a seditionist and revolutionary, someone who believes in that long-dead institution called “government.”Then she vanishes.

Overcome with guilt, he tries to track her down. What he discovers is an underground movement every bit as seditious as the one he had imagined.

But as he becomes enamored with their cause and with life outside his corporation, Charles must contend with a larger truth; in a world where everything is for sale and lies are more profitable than the truth, even a group of revolutionaries can have something to hide.

  • Winner, Kirkus Star
  • Kirkus Best of 2012
  • Bookworm, Best Fiction, 2014
  • Winner, Clarion Foreword Science Fiction Book of the Year
  • Runner-up, Clarion Foreword Book of the Year

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  1. I saw the title and at first thought it must be about LADWP (L.A. Dept. of Water &Power) and how they have raped Inyo and Mono counties for their water for decades.

    November 1, 2017
  2. Susan Franks said:

    I looked book up on Amazon- $6 for Kindle, $15 for paperback. Might be interesting.

    October 24, 2017
  3. It was so much like 1984 that I kept getting the stories confused

    October 24, 2017
  4. It is a very good read. Enjoyed it and while reading prayed it wasn’t our future.

    October 18, 2017
  5. Marek AF said:

    It’s a chilling read.

    October 3, 2017
  6. Scary , but I believe it could easily happen

    October 1, 2017
  7. I hope I’m not here to see this type of world. What we’re living in right now is disturbing enough. I vote every cycle. I have to place my trust in the young. Having been a teacher in the early 2000s, I fear that trust may be misplaced. I hope I’m wrong.

    September 20, 2017
  8. Nostradamus re hatched? Very scary, unless we wake up as the sleeping giant in our own country. We are the majority but must wake up..2018

    September 2, 2017
  9. Peggy Monson said:

    Interesting read – register to vote then vote – make contraceptives available to everyone – clean up your surroundings- planet a garden – it’s the quality of life – life is to be lived well – listen to God he speaks within each of us – be kind – love without conditions!

    August 31, 2017
  10. Tanny Barnes said:
    People breeding like rats, ‘promise of heaven ‘clearing the way for corporate government to blend out all semblance of cultural unity. Left egging it on with we are the world and the right doing its damndest to deplete the planet of biological balance. Our short life and attention spans make it easy.

    August 25, 2017
  11. Bea Burk M said:

    Suggest you educate yourself about how rich investors, hedge fund managers and billionaires are buying up the water rights in America before assuming this is some kind of romance novel. SMH.

    August 25, 2017
  12. Jody Fiers said:

    Cleva Brown its already starting but be a blind little sheeple!

    August 24, 2017
  13. Mark A. York said:

    Sounds like a paid review of a vanity press novel yo me.

    August 24, 2017
  14. Not the best writing, but an interesting imagining of life in a libertarian dystopia.

    August 23, 2017
  15. Mary Jackle said:

    The fictional movie Soylent Green had similar theories

    August 22, 2017
  16. Cleve Brown, do some research before you say fairy tail. It’s happening as we speak.

    August 21, 2017
  17. Perhaps it will bring awareness to $$$ in politics and encourage overturning “Citizens United” and a constitutional amendment to limit $$$ in elections 🇺🇸🙏🏼

    August 20, 2017
  18. Carol Berman said:

    Sounds like an important read.0

    August 20, 2017
  19. Sets bells ringing-and promotes intense uncomfortable thought!

    August 19, 2017
  20. Bill of Rights was changed after 9/11 that gave corporations enormous new powers!

    August 15, 2017
  21. Cleva Brown said:

    Really a Progressive fairytail!

    August 14, 2017
  22. Cleva Brown said:

    I believe it is more a “Truth Snatcher”!

    August 14, 2017
  23. I doubt Paul Ryan would read this. He’s an Ayn Rand fan, and so is Rand Paul – who was named after Rand. Far righties.

    August 13, 2017
  24. Deb Molitor said:

    anyone have a loaner?

    August 13, 2017
  25. I’m going to buy this book and read it.

    August 10, 2017
  26. Ed Creenan said:

    Excellent book my local library also went to out of state library loan to get it, smells like censorship, great read!!

    August 10, 2017
  27. The future if Monsanto and Nestle’ have any say. poison the natural waters and sell for a major profit what used to be ‘Free’ for all.

    August 9, 2017
  28. Deanna Serna said:

    I found the book interesting and hopefully not prophetic. What surprised me is that our public library system did not have a copy, but they did borrow a copy for me from another state. It is a quick read and alarming considering all the lobbying , unlimited campaign contributions to candidates amicable to implementing deregulations, corporate CEO’s in government, etc, all these worship the golden calf of Capitalism, the profit margin, and have disregard for the general welfare of the citizens of our nation.

    August 8, 2017
  29. Linda Aron said:

    Boring, derivative book. Shades of “1984”. Also more like a long lecture. Skip it.

    August 6, 2017
  30. Jean Adams said:

    Must have LIBRARY or can’t read…..I order nothing online!!

    August 3, 2017
  31. Eve Nations said:

    I’m am not going to be ordered to read anything. But I’ll will voluntarily read this.

    August 2, 2017
  32. Kat Burnham said:

    Kara, heard of this book?

    August 2, 2017
  33. Don Villa said:

    I hear that water will be the penultimate battle over resources.

    August 2, 2017
  34. You’ve left out Coca Cola
    They’re buying water resources all over the world.

    August 1, 2017
  35. Beth Ward said:

    The water thief is Nestles whose owner says that water is not a human right. Nestles steals millions of gallons of water from the public year after year and then sells it back to us.

    August 1, 2017
  36. Try “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis-you will think it was written yesterday’

    July 31, 2017
  37. I first tried the library system in 3 different counties in 3 different states (WA, OR, CA) to get this novel but no luck. No luck either with main stream bookstores nor Mama and Pop owned bookstores because I prefer to pay by cash what I read. I had the feeling their might be some kind of censorship due to the fact not one librarian nor bookstore clerk had ever heard of this novel. Also due to the fact they claim it wasn’t in their system as an existing book yet this novel has a Kirkus Star book award which surprised them. I had to order this novel online using a credit card which the government is now aware of – remember Snowden. I too once needed a high level security clearance for a job through a to big to fail corporate employer, in a nutshell, the government knows more about you than you know about yourself if it wants too.

    July 30, 2017
  38. Leigh Meyers said:

    Ahem. Fuck your ‘requirements’ Truthout.

    July 29, 2017
  39. Well worth your time to read, excellent!!

    July 27, 2017
  40. Lyn Carver said:

    Have read it, chilling

    July 27, 2017
  41. The author wrote the book so that Progressives have something to hold as they endure the onslaught of Ayn Rand fanatics waving their copies of Atlas Shrugged in the air (worshipped but frequently unread). If you’re looking for pure rant Ayn Rand will drill her indoctrination into your soul, if not your brain, before she utters her command: “To the camps you must go”.

    July 25, 2017
  42. Was excited to pick up it up but have been burned by picking up books by authors I was not familiar with, so I decided to do some simple research and man, I’m glad I didn’t contribute any money. His one-sided political rant turned me off to anything constructive he might have said in THE WATER THIEF.

    July 25, 2017
  43. They tried that in South America and the people threw out the government.

    July 21, 2017
  44. Have not seen the series yet, but Margaret Atwood’s book (yes, it was a book, first), “A Handmaid’s Tale” is also a wonderful anecdote to anything Ayn Rand ever wrote!! And, this one def grabs you from the first page!!

    July 21, 2017
  45. I’ve been trudging through it, bit by bit, because folks I respect give it accolades. I find it dry, long, and laborious. A great read grabes me, but not this one.

    July 19, 2017
  46. Not sure but they are both evil.

    July 17, 2017
  47. Joyce Varden said:

    Isn’t Nestle , Owned by the Koch Brothers? I read somewhere a couple of years ago, They were trying to take over all Water Rights even Oceans and Lakes!

    July 17, 2017
  48. Outstanding book. I loved it.

    July 16, 2017
  49. Not particularly in favor of “required reading”, big fan of education and voter engagement though, so okay; might be a good beach read next month.

    July 15, 2017
  50. Wayne Groesbeck: Disappointed? Elitist regulated society should scare the hell out of you.

    July 13, 2017
  51. It has little to do with water and a lot to do with an elitist-regulated society. I was disappointed.

    July 13, 2017
  52. Lyn Carver said:

    Read this, very disturbing book

    July 12, 2017
  53. Mary Mccabe said:

    I definitely want to read this

    July 11, 2017
  54. Caryl Koses said:

    Will read.Not exactly beach reading.Sounds like nightmare fodder. Prelude to the near future?Hope not.

    July 11, 2017
  55. Dennis Lee said:

    “Fortunately, with the development of the Occupy movement and the acts of a few brave whistleblowers, we may avoid ending up ruled by corporations, but only, as Soutter suggests, if we’re vigilant….”
    The Occupy movement is going to save us?

    July 11, 2017
  56. Dena Kenney said:

    I read it, kinda dry at first. His opinions on the coporate state are spot on. Not great literature but inciteful & thought provoking. Not a typical dystopia sci-fi novel.

    July 10, 2017
  57. Elinor Enz said:

    I tried. It was so grim and upsetling I couldn’t continue. Very unusual for me. Will try again.

    July 9, 2017
  58. Torres Monie said:

    I will have to buy this and read it, sounds like a book I would enjoy.

    July 8, 2017
  59. Chris Parlow said:

    This is the next thing the system really what’s to do.Control the water you then control the people !

    July 8, 2017
  60. Steffie Rau said:

    We are already living it….

    July 7, 2017
  61. Tony Rose said:

    In California, it’s the government, not the corporations that charge you for water falling out of the sky.

    July 6, 2017
  62. Ralph Daniel said:

    Great read. The new “1984”!

    July 4, 2017
  63. Ralph Daniel said:

    Deem to be the “1984” 20 years from now! Great read..

    July 3, 2017
  64. Steve Romero said:

    I’ll be reading this one

    June 30, 2017
  65. Per the article,” With the government increasingly protecting corporations instead of people, as with Citizens United, it won’t be long before corporations become more important than people – if they aren’t already. Nicholas Soutter has imagined this world where corporations own everything, including people, in his dystopian novel The Water Thief

    June 30, 2017
  66. Trace Puett said:

    Read this last year. Well worth it!

    June 28, 2017
  67. Jean Hammond said:

    “A brilliant rebuttal” of anything by Ayn Rand is great.

    June 18, 2017
  68. Doris Carney said:

    I think I want to read this book.

    June 17, 2017
  69. A favor please, eeveryone remind me tomorrow to purchaserhjs book. Much Love.💖

    June 15, 2017
  70. In many places it is no longer legal to collect the rain that falls on your own property

    June 15, 2017
  71. Lauren Swan said:

    “Imagined” Corporate control?

    June 7, 2017
  72. Jacobson Sue said:

    Sounds like an interesting read.

    June 6, 2017
  73. It was depressing 30 or more years ago too. Different book same subject

    June 2, 2017
  74. Per the article,” Soutter writes: “The only real check against corruption is vigilance. That was the death of republics: they thought the system was enough to protect them, that they didn’t need to be involved. Citizens let go of the rope, nobody voted, nobody got educated on the complexities of governing. And the corporations moved in.”

    June 2, 2017
  75. Joyce Feo said:

    Real-world is bad enough.

    June 2, 2017
  76. Linda Fowler said:

    The corporations, especially Nestles, believe that you and I should pay them for the water that falls from the sky. This is not fiction, it is prophecy!

    June 1, 2017
  77. Bob Watkins said:

    One certainty – The Water Thief WILL scare you. 😳😳😳

    May 29, 2017
  78. Dena Kenney said:

    If you’re going on a trip you might want something not as alarming as this is to our current situation.

    May 28, 2017
  79. Hopefully this will always be fiction, but seems like it is getting closer to reality.

    April 29, 2017
  80. Susie Ellis said:

    Stay awake….Apathy got us here…..Stay informed….Then act.

    April 28, 2017
  81. Then can we not buy into​ these Corporations and stop giving away our money to these bastards or is it to late. I never believed​ in corporate America because they control everything and have to much power. They pretty much own everything. Wow

    April 28, 2017
  82. I have heard this is a must read book.

    April 28, 2017
  83. Welcome to the United States of Corporate America.
    Where corporations are people and people can’t afford their government.

    April 28, 2017
  84. oh hell yes– thanks for the tip. I have been waiting for this genre to spawn. I have been attracted to it since the 90s

    April 27, 2017
  85. I need to stop reading these books! Such echoes of what is happening it just gets me down. I read the “Handmaid’s Tale” also. These Dystopian futures are depressing, but at the same time make me want to do more to change the way things are going.

    April 26, 2017
  86. Just ordered it last night…

    April 26, 2017
  87. Tom Vaccaro said:

    Reading it now.
    Hard to put down.

    April 25, 2017
  88. Just finished. Too close to our present condition to be fiction

    April 24, 2017
  89. Ginny Reed said:

    Just started it today. I can tell it will be very disturbing.

    April 21, 2017
  90. Bill Muaddib said:

    Just finished it. Feeling depressed.

    April 21, 2017
  91. Written about the Wonderful Company and the Stuart Resnicks, greedy, destructructive, profit seeking animals that let nothing get in their way

    April 21, 2017
  92. Going to order the Kindle version for my iPhone!

    April 20, 2017
  93. Gwen Gibson said:

    Thx Stephanie Arango I have a trip coming up this might be a good read. Great timing!

    April 19, 2017
  94. Gwen Gibson I think you’d like this book.

    April 19, 2017
  95. The Resnick’s… Bakersfield area… They’re hoarding water… It’s already happening

    April 19, 2017
  96. This is an great book. It’s an updated 1984 and it comes down to people who care about each other and those who only care about themselves.

    April 17, 2017
  97. Val Boyles said:

    I just checked out the book from the library…

    April 14, 2017
  98. Janet Dales said:

    Already there for at least 10 years but building since the late 70’s.

    April 14, 2017
  99. This has been predicted for years by many. Glad this book is waking many more people up finally.

    April 13, 2017
  100. Bill Muaddib said:

    Reading it now. When I finish the book, will share.

    April 12, 2017
  101. I agree! It is going in that direction. It is all about big corporations, and it is also about rich man and poor man. Remember the old as well as the latter. History itself can tell you.

    April 11, 2017
  102. Similar to Matt Damon’s Elysium

    April 10, 2017
  103. Rick Kenny said:

    This is no fable, this is happening right in front of our eyes 👀 thanks nestle

    April 10, 2017
  104. We are already there thanks to citizens united! We’re already screwed but the sad part is we just don’t know it yet! The people with money are all in government and it’s just going to go on and on and on and on unless we change the ruling of citizens united until that day we’re f*****

    April 8, 2017
  105. We’re already there: EXCERPT: “With the government increasingly protecting corporations instead of people, as with Citizens United, it won’t be long before corporations become more important than people – if they aren’t already.

    April 8, 2017
  106. People, wake up, Water is the new oil/gas for corporate giants that are buying up water rights and are pushing politicians to “sell” our public resources. RESIST!

    April 8, 2017
  107. Jaye Young said:

    I read this last year. Scary.

    April 6, 2017
  108. Am reading it now, thought-provoking!

    April 6, 2017
  109. This sounds like an interesting book that we all might benefit from reading as we watch daily something worse done than the day before in our government. The checks and balances have been taken away.

    April 5, 2017
  110. I bought the wrong book.
    The water knife, total copy-cat.
    I’ll try to read it anyway.

    April 5, 2017
  111. Karen Asche said:

    They need to make this a movie to reach more people.

    April 5, 2017
  112. Dena Kenney said:

    Barnes & Nobles will order $15. Chilling book. To me, dystopia societies are scarier than zombies!
    Hits way to close to home.

    April 3, 2017
  113. Best refutation of Ayn Rand so far

    April 2, 2017
  114. Jude Sunday said:

    I have it . Need to read it .

    April 2, 2017
  115. Sean Reilly said:

    On order at my local public library!

    April 1, 2017
  116. Dena Kenney said:

    Barnes & Nobel $15. Had to order . Chilling to think this could be were we are headed.

    March 31, 2017
  117. Read it today. Pretty good, but not groundbreaking for the most part. Engaging and a quick read though…Could feed some great talking points for the most basic uninformed, especially when arguing with those “free market” neo-lib-tards

    March 27, 2017
  118. Why isn’t it required reading for everyone!

    March 22, 2017
  119. Fred Everson said:

    Just loaded this into my Kindle.

    March 21, 2017
  120. Annie Kile said:

    Even more prophetic (if we don’t turn things around like now) than The Handmaid’s Tale. Definitely fits the bill as far as an excellent rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged.

    March 19, 2017
  121. Pat Kanzler said:

    read it, very thought provoking!

    March 19, 2017
  122. Nancy Engel said:

    Is it as scary as The Handmaid’s Tale?

    March 19, 2017
  123. Elinor Enz said:

    The county library has it.

    March 19, 2017
  124. Excellent read, chilling and accurate view of a twisted Ayn Randian culture come to fruition. Sadly, we may well be on our way.

    March 19, 2017
  125. IT HAS HAPPENED, and will get worse each day that we permit them to rule.

    March 19, 2017
  126. Excellent, provocative, disturbing, familiar, and Atlas Shrugged take down…

    March 18, 2017
  127. Karen Asche said:

    It seems to be happening already.

    March 18, 2017
  128. Book read for all groups across America?

    March 18, 2017
  129. Christopher, if your neighborhood library does not own it, ask for it via interlibrary loan.

    March 17, 2017
  130. Reading it. It’s fucking awesome.

    March 16, 2017
  131. I finished it yesterday, good read!

    March 16, 2017
  132. Osiris Greenman I just ordered this today to my Kindle…really like it…

    March 16, 2017
  133. I read the handmaids tale when it was first publishes in 85. It’s a great book

    March 12, 2017
  134. Becky Hoch said:

    This is on my reading list, Mary Strahlendorf Sharkey. I have read The Handmaid’s Tale, and Water Wars. I have my freshmen reading Fahrenheit 451. I am currently reading The Gender Game. All of these titles are sadly relevant under this regime.

    March 12, 2017
  135. Chuck Dineen said:

    Whatever it takes to scare you into activism……

    March 10, 2017
  136. Liz Murphy said:

    Must get this book.

    March 10, 2017
  137. Nancy Royer said:

    Just started the book!

    March 9, 2017
  138. Carol Farina said:

    It’s at the top of my list!!!!

    March 8, 2017
  139. Got it on Kindle, haven’t read it yet.

    March 4, 2017
  140. I read it and it scared the bejesus out of me. We better get off our complacent butts and do our patriotic duty. Vote!!!!

    March 3, 2017
  141. Tom Cassidy said:

    I’m reading it right now, its on loan from another library to my local library and now me! Good book so far!

    February 28, 2017
  142. Just bought it at

    February 27, 2017
  143. I just bought this on Amazon for my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it!

    February 27, 2017
  144. Ron Thompson said:

    A rebuttal of “Atlas Ayn Rand Shrugged,” could be reading material.

    February 27, 2017
  145. The events described in this book have me believing these things could actually happen with the current leadership of our country. Frightening.

    February 26, 2017
  146. Ralph Daniel said:

    On my “book to read” list!

    February 26, 2017
  147. Brian Gingo said:

    Just read for sure

    February 25, 2017
  148. Rosa Britts said:

    Are you that selfish?

    February 25, 2017
  149. Yes. I am part way thru it. It is chilling in its matter of fact tone from the voice of the main character.

    February 25, 2017
  150. Penny Soto said:

    We going to have a lot of water as soon the ice melt….

    February 24, 2017
  151. Fantastic read, if anyone is in vancouver wa. area You can borrow my copy

    February 23, 2017
  152. Kaja Powers said:

    Kathy Juveli Hauck…didn’t you read this?

    February 20, 2017
  153. I started reading this last night. So far it strikes me as well done.

    February 20, 2017
  154. Brian Hodges said:

    Sounds like a need to read

    February 19, 2017
  155. Read it..excellent projection of the future we are on course for.

    February 18, 2017
  156. Donna Davis said:

    moved to the top of my list

    February 16, 2017
  157. Great book. I am now reading “The Big Thirst”. Written in 2011 I believe starts out with Lake Mead and the problematic conditions that are sure to come.

    February 16, 2017
  158. Susan Wedzel said:

    This looks like an interesting read.

    February 16, 2017
  159. Jaye Young said:

    I read this frightening book

    February 15, 2017
  160. Jon Tee said:

    I”m gonna have to ask at the general meeting to pay for a copy.

    February 15, 2017
  161. Cyn Shepherd said:

    Told you it was great stuff.

    February 15, 2017
  162. Karen Nelson said:

    I just finished reading the book and highly recommend it. This book is a satire of a futuristic civilization controlled by heartless corporations.

    February 14, 2017
  163. Gail Wylie said:

    It’s already happened. 🙁

    February 14, 2017
  164. Sharon Moe said:

    Gonna havta get it!

    February 13, 2017
  165. The “Handmaid’s Tale” is a fascinating piece of literature. Margaret Atwood is not as well known for some of her other excellent dystopian tales, notably the “MaddAdam”trilogy. “MaddAdam” is scfi, and you could argue that “Handmaid’s Tale” is also, but Atwood says she steadfastly does not consider herself to be a scifi author.

    February 10, 2017
  166. Judy Yost said:

    Great book, every one should should read.

    February 10, 2017
  167. Trumpsters read this. Is this where you want to go?

    February 10, 2017
  168. Fantastic book, the millenials 1984

    February 9, 2017
  169. David Evans said:

    Lydia, he is talking about corporation ownership of water. Coroprarions have no right (sure he meant the opposite, but he is a deluded narcissist that gets every other thing backward in their own heads). If someone like this says something like this, the opposite is true. I actually think narcissism is a kind of dyslexia (they reverse a lot of things, even listen to Ted Cruz babble about his Christian values while asking for us to consider working against everything Jesus ever said? Just backwards.

    February 9, 2017
  170. Well, I’m all for a brilliant rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged, Alan Greenspan’s favorite, and someone else’s Can’t recall

    February 9, 2017
  171. This book was so scary. PLEASE Republicans, open your eyes.

    February 8, 2017
  172. Great movie on the same topic, Even the Rain, set in South America, corporate water, who owns (and is buying) the world’s largest aquifers, and indigenous peoples.

    February 7, 2017
  173. Ok just read this is a dystopian novel, nothing novel about that. Really we need a fictionalized version? Wrap in shinny capitalistic packaging and sell it to those whose minds’ will be most likely expanded by it.

    February 5, 2017
  174. I agree with Dennis and Grace’s previous comments.

    February 5, 2017
  175. Kevin Urban said:

    added to my list of shit to be afraid of

    February 4, 2017
  176. I see this being our future in the not to far distance unless we all see what’s happening and step up and stop it!! Definitely sounds like a good read!!

    February 4, 2017
  177. Just finished reading it this morning.

    February 1, 2017
  178. Oh, boy. Another one to put on my To Read List….

    February 1, 2017
  179. Anjana Cruz said:

    Margaret Kendra for our list

    January 31, 2017
  180. This is going to be my next book on my list of reading to get me through a Trump Presidency.

    January 31, 2017
  181. Facinating, terrifying…a wake up calll…someone quickly make the movie so we can put the fear of god in our young folks,.. Take off the headsets and get involved…community, local gov’t, city gov’t, state gov’t, etc..

    January 30, 2017
  182. Diane Greco said:

    Christine Harden here’s another read for you

    January 29, 2017
  183. … . : Trump is Gas-Lighting anyone that question his Steve Bannon BreitBart alt reality ~~~ ~

    January 28, 2017
  184. Nancy Free said:

    Just reading the review made me shudder!! This is exactly what we have been talking about this whole past year — and I hope that more and more publications like this wake more people up. 26% of eligible voters, put “Dear Leader” into office — we just need someone besides corporate puppets to vote for, and finding them needs to be happening NOW!

    January 27, 2017
  185. Got it on Kindle. Haven’t read it yet. It was free with Kindle Unlimited.

    January 25, 2017
  186. I think I will read this book because it is something I’m very worried about. Corporations are becoming more important than people and it really scares me. Distopian novels aren’t my favorite but they are becoming more fact than fiction. 😥

    January 22, 2017
  187. Ivy Fasko said:

    Reading this now!

    January 21, 2017
  188. I read it! Loved it. Scary

    January 21, 2017
  189. Joann Wright said:

    This is frightening book but it’s happening now. Read and weep.

    January 21, 2017
  190. Watching film now on netflix ironically. Grabbing book asap. Great story

    January 20, 2017
  191. Read it and a dreary idea of the future, but I liked the story. Just scary.

    January 18, 2017
  192. He’s no Stephen King, but still has too many parallels with what is happening in our country today to be terrifying.

    January 17, 2017
  193. I really don’t like to read but this one sounds like it might be worth the time

    January 17, 2017
  194. Jude Ranson said:

    consider it read Leah – tnx!

    January 17, 2017
  195. Jeff Stevens said:

    Arianne Abell Walker Yep! A very easy read. He is NOT a great novelist but by any means it’s a pretty interesting take on the furthest logical extension of Ayn Rand’s “philosophy”.

    January 16, 2017
  196. Jeff Stevens – the book you were talking about? It’s in my list!

    January 16, 2017
  197. I am part water thru chapter 5. It is chilling but compelling.

    January 15, 2017
  198. All of the yakking yak , double speak and misdirection, it’s a wonder we know anything.

    January 15, 2017
  199. Diana Wilks said:

    This is what I wanted you to see Rick.

    January 14, 2017
  200. Diana Wilks said:

    This is too close for comfort. Please read what this book is about.

    January 13, 2017
  201. Don’t you think people we are already there?!

    January 11, 2017
  202. I’m only reading 📖 a chapter a day. Otherwise I can’t sleep.

    January 10, 2017
  203. Lois Zellman said:

    This book is over rated in my opinion.

    January 7, 2017
  204. I’d like to read this book, as the description is VERY familiar!

    January 5, 2017
  205. Will order this one! Big business is buying up water sources all over the world – makes sense to be acutely aware of a possible future.

    January 4, 2017
  206. A prophetic read that might become true the way big corporations are gaining control of governments all over the world. Should be required reading in schools.

    January 3, 2017
  207. Sorry I meant to hit the wow button but my devise is very sensitive and it made me hit the ha ha button. Hope I didn’t offend any body.

    January 3, 2017
  208. I just ordered this book. Thanks for posting this.

    January 2, 2017
  209. Kristy Babka said:

    Jared Babka you should read this

    January 1, 2017
  210. Sandy Miller said:

    Too late. I think we r there.

    December 28, 2016
  211. Bud Moran said:

    Great Book! It’s where this country is headed. Complete Corporate Control!

    December 22, 2016
  212. I’m going to order this today! Meanwhile, for a sobering look at reality, pick up “A Great Arridness” by William duBuys. An absolute must read – especially if you live in the Southwest!

    December 22, 2016
  213. I am anxious to read this book. I am aware that the government uses brutal false flag attacks to scare us. Republicans and Democrats are one and the same. They scheme in private places, like, you know, resorts and such. They plan what methods they will use to hasten depopulation. Many are followers of lucifer. They practice ancient rituals as do the Royal family. They should be considered a cult, like the Masons. But the truth is they are in plain sight on the Internet. They just assume we will not read it. That is why they create so many “tragedies “. To distract you from the truth. But unfortunately for them, people are starting to notice. People are starting to react. The people will revolt. They will win.

    December 20, 2016
  214. Good read. Describes a future world run by Giant Corporations that know where each citizen is and what they are doing any given minute. Citizens are charged for everything and kept poor except for the elite of course. Recommend the book to all my friends. I believe this could be our future.

    December 20, 2016
  215. Diana Reed said:

    This is a great book, affected me in such a profound way, and I am an Occupier. Much like Orwell’s 1984.

    December 19, 2016
  216. I have loved books all my life…reading this however, I am reminded of something attributed to Meher Baba…”You have asked for and been given enough words—it is now time to live them.”

    December 18, 2016
  217. Myrna Maier said:

    I am putting this on my reading list!

    December 18, 2016
  218. I also have the book but have yet to read it. Reading a book about Bonhoeffer now….also seems apropos given our current situation .

    December 16, 2016
  219. I looked for this, couldn’t remember the title exactly. Ended up with the water knife ! Darn !

    December 14, 2016
  220. Tim Murphy said:

    I read it. Pretty good story. Believable future. I like the concept of “collapse porn” in the book where the media is fascinated with the disaster but no one seems to do much to impede it.

    December 10, 2016
  221. Mike Briggs said:

    too close to the truth ‘voting only to keep them honest for now. it’s like a seesaw

    December 10, 2016
  222. Good read, but didn’t like the ending.

    November 15, 2016
  223. Just finished reading this yesterday. Powerful stuff. And the authors notes on Ayn Rand, insightful.

    October 13, 2016
  224. I read the book The Water Thief. Although the book is fiction, I feel that it is foretelling the future. Big Corporations are running our government today buying puppet politicians. We the people must get our country back.

    July 12, 2016
  225. Yogini Meme said:

    The way of the future !! Seven corporation U S and Foreign will own all of rights to earths water supply !! Ghadafi was sitting on largest Aquifer in the Middle East ! You control water you control world !!! 🔥❤️💪☮

    July 11, 2016
  226. I’m about half way through. Great so far

    July 6, 2016
  227. “Truth is ignored because truth doesn’t sell.”

    June 29, 2016
  228. Good and frightening read. Dogging our heels.

    June 28, 2016
  229. President Trump will make this reality.

    June 23, 2016
  230. I’m reading the book and it’s great. And we should keep in mind, that corporate greed is an addiction like any other. But there is no rehab for it. The only way to cure it is to topple it

    June 6, 2016
  231. Jude Sunday said:

    I have this book. I must get started on it. My problem is that I have so many books ! Well, I guess that’s not really a problem.

    May 21, 2016
  232. This is a great read. A dystopian future where people don’t own corporations; the corporation owns the worker.

    May 3, 2016
  233. I am going to get it although, Battleship America, by John Whitehead (an excellent book) has already scared the **** of me. Thanks for the recommendation.

    May 2, 2016
  234. If you want to imagine the world with corporations in complete control, I mean COMPLETE control, this is a must read. We complacent people will be the characters in this amazing book. Read it, tell your friends to read it….and vote for Bernie, you will know why after you read it. You can actually start reading it at page 150, that’s when it starts to get scary good, previous to that its just interesting, but after….. Heaven help us

    May 1, 2016
  235. No matter which way you say it, spin it, teach it, explain it, these elite class say they are the chosen ones. We are all slaves, slaves to government, corporations, education, usury, on and on. When will people get their heads out of the sand, wake up and take notice, the people handed over their lives to these elite, colonialism cowards. Their Money gives them the Power to Buy whatever they want, man, prestige, position, status. Mankind is its own worse enemy. Terrorist are men, with mindsets of Money & Power, once they have it, they think they are little gods, it distorts their minds, and they think of nothing else, for nothing else matters.

    May 1, 2016
  236. I finally am getting this from my local library. Yeah? Did you all read “Dark Money”. Not fiction but the same thing.

    April 30, 2016
  237. Bobbie Rose said:

    Excellent book! Should be required for all high school students.

    April 24, 2016
  238. Lori Stevens said:

    Debi- have your read this? Been looking at it for a while!

    April 24, 2016
  239. Occupy could not live this. Awesome story.

    April 18, 2016
  240. Wynn Ray said:

    It was reminiscent of early Heinlein, and P.K. Dick

    April 16, 2016
  241. I love dystopian fiction. This one sounds interesting.

    April 12, 2016
  242. Wynn Ray said:

    I enjoyed it.

    April 10, 2016
  243. Andy Vitello said:

    This is the furure with the Republican s

    April 10, 2016
  244. Don Koch said:

    …quite possibly, it could become the “1984” and the “It Can’t Happen Here” of the 21st century…if the oligarchs don’t ban it and burn it, that is…LOL

    April 7, 2016
  245. Excellent read! May just become required reading for a couple of my grad. classes.

    March 31, 2016
  246. Ginger Haycox, you should read Dune, if you liked The Water Thief.

    March 29, 2016
  247. I am not a member of Occupy. I read the book and I can see this all coming about because of the whiny assed millennials next in line to be in charge.

    March 27, 2016
  248. Linda Chopra said:

    None of our local libraries have this book!

    March 26, 2016
  249. So far, it is chilling… Dystopia

    March 26, 2016
  250. Rae Saunders said:

    Good book. I’ll be leaving AZ before it gets to crisis level.

    March 25, 2016
  251. Don Koch said:

    It’s ayn rand’s twisted virtue of selfishness philosophy taken to the maximin extreme…a modern “1984”.

    March 23, 2016
  252. I’ve got to read that it sounds interesting….I thought it was about the privatization of water…..the title does not scream a future world of slavery…..

    March 18, 2016
  253. Vicki Acquah said:

    Right under our preoccupied noses./ I cud hv written this 7 years ago .. but who listens to an old black poet.

    March 16, 2016
  254. Lin Aasved said:

    A read for everyone concerned about the planet.

    March 15, 2016
  255. I loved, loved this book. But it TERRIFIED ME. And I was heartbroken at its ending!!
    Please write a sequel, sir!

    March 13, 2016
  256. Robin Miller said:

    On Chapter 3..loving this novel!

    March 5, 2016
  257. Dave Latham said:

    Just finished this. Not excellent writing, but full of interesting and relevant incites. Kinda scary, actually.

    February 28, 2016
  258. Evelyn Adele said:

    I’m reading this right now. Absolutely terrifying. And with privatization, all too possible.

    February 27, 2016
  259. I am not in Occupy but I read the book and was blown away. If Apple is forced to break its encryption it will be the start of our slide to totalitarian government. If Ted Cruz is elected it will be the start of a theocracy.

    February 23, 2016
  260. We need at date this year or next. We need it mass marketed that every man woman and child to march on this day to the steps of our government and with one voice. DEMAND that immoral capitalism be abolished and denied protection and markets on our soil.

    Were spoiled and a glutton. It will be tough love. but we must stop the addiction in order to recover.

    February 17, 2016
  261. Magnificent insights into what Corporatist intend to do (almost literally) to usurp the will of the people and duly elected government

    February 16, 2016
  262. Tommy Racos said:

    On order from the library

    February 9, 2016
  263. Jim Spencer said:

    Should be required reading to graduate high school.

    February 8, 2016
  264. Can we exhume Ayn Rand’s body and stick this book in her mouth? Then bury her more deeply, this time.

    February 5, 2016
  265. Another good novel to read in this vein is “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The US is so polluted most women are no longer fertile and right wingers take over.

    January 29, 2016
  266. Pat Ashley said:

    Read it if you dare!

    January 24, 2016
  267. Dennis Neely said:

    Reading it, very thought provoking.

    January 15, 2016
  268. Joseph Pena said:

    Basically it’s Corporation as mafia. That you are an earner is what makes you valuable to the mafia. Corporation as criminal enterprise.

    January 11, 2016
  269. ” …the corrupted police system, which makes more money creating criminals, than catching real ones.”

    January 9, 2016
  270. Sandra Posey said:

    I have read it. Interesting read.

    January 8, 2016
  271. I started reading it and had to quit, just like Linda above. I am so sure this is our future that I couldn’t read any further.

    January 8, 2016
  272. Rick Stewart said:

    Of course, it will probably be on the banned books list soon…

    January 8, 2016
  273. Sean Cassidy said:

    I am reading this right now and it is great. Along the same lines as 1984 and things like that. I am still only in the first third of the book but i am loving it. It almost serves as a warning of what could happen if we continue on the direction we are going.

    January 7, 2016
  274. Betty Bushey said:

    Read it earlier this winter. Well worth the read, now available at the Leland Library.

    January 4, 2016
  275. Maureen Roy said:

    I have met Robert Scheer, the Truthdig editor. He is a talented writer (see his books) and a rigorous editor. When he recommends a book, I take his recommendation seriously.

    January 2, 2016
  276. Sue Knoll said:

    This book is about when goverment fails, big corporations take over. You are then valued at your future rate of earnings. Great read and every school should have it as required reading

    December 30, 2015
  277. Larry Beck said:

    I did read it it. A great story that hits home

    December 25, 2015
  278. GHWBush was quoted as saying, many years ago, He who controls the water, controls the world! I read this many years ago!

    December 24, 2015
  279. Gena Howard said:

    Have to purchase this book

    December 19, 2015
  280. Nancy Bebout, No, but it sounds like it would be interesting.

    December 19, 2015
  281. Nancy Bebout said:

    Amanda Bebout have you read this?

    December 19, 2015
  282. Bobbie Rose said:

    Excellent, prophetic book detailing the not so distant future. I highly recommend

    December 17, 2015
  283. Excellent book!! Thought provoking!

    December 14, 2015
  284. I have been saying this for years

    December 13, 2015
  285. Betz Judd said:

    Wow! I’m reading this next…

    December 12, 2015
  286. Good book. Reminded me of when Reagan and Thatcher toyed with the idea of privatizing the world’s fresh water supply. I think that gave birth to Enron. Crazy to think Ken Lay was on Bush’s short list for secretary of energy.

    December 10, 2015
  287. Ann Neilsen said:

    Not great writing but not bad either. An interesting take on globalization and the total take over of our system by corporations. It very logically plays out the path we are on to its inevitable end. Privitazation of all resources and services without any restiiction or regulation is the dream of those spending millions to buy our elections. I think of this book when I hear about the TPP. If you need proof that this is a bad idea, read this book.

    December 8, 2015
  288. Must read this book. Have been noticing corp. takeover for years now. It is being done slowly so that we don’t notice. I think it has come to the point where it is very obvious. Hardly anyone being hired by a large corp. is a full time employee. Part time only means no benefits. Sound familiar to anyone?

    December 7, 2015
  289. My dear friend’s novel Nick Soutter.

    December 5, 2015
  290. Brian Chazby said:

    This book is awesome! Just got done reading. The first time I bought anything due to a Facebook ad, and I must say bravo! Excellent read, scary future ahead of we continue on this path…

    December 3, 2015
  291. Donna Moon said:

    This push for privatization should scare people. This idea that corporations and free market principles will serve people better is absurd.

    December 3, 2015
  292. It is already illegal to collect rainwater in one of the NW states.

    December 2, 2015
  293. I have a copy for free. Hit me up and I will make you an early present.

    December 2, 2015
  294. Read the book. Its thought provoking and seems to fit in what is going on in America today. Hope it is made into a movie because it will be worthwhile seeing.

    December 1, 2015
  295. I have not .Haven’t been home and that’s where it is

    November 29, 2015
  296. Ken Ken Mclaughlin, who’s getting who this for xmas, me for u or u for me, I mean we’re both reading it, BTW did u start animal farm?

    November 29, 2015
  297. Good book, a must read for our future.

    November 28, 2015
  298. Terri Situe said:

    Read this one awhile back. Very good.

    November 27, 2015
  299. Mt Wolff's said:

    Just got my book yesterday:)

    November 20, 2015
  300. It should be required reading, period. Fantastic book, probably going to be a classic alongsige George Orwell’s 1984.

    November 19, 2015
  301. Interesting book. Makes a person think and look at our own surroundings. Recommend this book please read it.

    November 19, 2015
  302. Nancy Smith said:

    Should be required reading for all high school students!

    November 18, 2015
  303. Read it and was reminded of blade runner movie

    November 15, 2015
  304. Betty Bushey said:

    Just got this book yesterday.

    November 13, 2015
  305. I am reading it now. I do NOT want to live in that world!!!

    November 12, 2015
  306. Dreda Newman said:

    This book is definitely on my wish list … Can’t wait to read it!!

    November 9, 2015
  307. Waiting to read it. In the mean time go hillary and bernie

    November 2, 2015
  308. Been thinking of reading this but since I read right before bed, I’m afraid I might never sleep again. More of a light reader.

    November 2, 2015
  309. Karen Veni said:

    I’m reading it now. Given the NYTimes expose on corporate arbitration clauses, and the power, indeed, almost de facto branches of government of petrochemical, financial, pharmaceutical industries, along with the mergers of corporate media, well, it’s a depressing look at the future.

    November 1, 2015
  310. Next on my reading list! Already lined up on my kindle.

    November 1, 2015
  311. Sandra Posey said:

    It is a hard read, but I’m taking it in small portions.

    October 30, 2015
  312. Sandra Posey said:

    I have it, I’m still reading,

    October 30, 2015
  313. Will put this book on my reading list

    October 29, 2015
  314. David DeVoe said:

    Sounds like my next read.

    October 27, 2015
  315. Emily Lane said:

    Sandra Ballew Posey I think it’s so great that you will read it with your grandchildren and then discuss. That’s beautiful and exactly what you should do. It might even be something you want to audio record, your phone can record it maybe, to have for your own records… to refer to later on if you want to remember a part of the discussion or whatever…

    My researcher mind is thinking about how I would love to have that recorded conversation as data… to see how environmental conversations happen within the family… and how books and other creative works can spur those conversations.

    October 26, 2015
  316. The question is will it be the goverment or corporations that will control everything… We will see.

    October 26, 2015
  317. Sandra Posey said:

    I just ordered this book. It came in the mail today.
    Emily Lane, I’ll let you know when I have finished. I plan to read it with my grandchildren. Then we plan to have a discussion about it.

    October 26, 2015
  318. I just now put it on hold at my library.

    October 23, 2015
  319. Matt Adair said:

    Going to read it!

    October 23, 2015
  320. You had me at “rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged”, but not that THAT requires much effort 🙂

    October 23, 2015
  321. Rob L Murphy said:

    D’oh! I got the Water Knife out at the library……. wrong book.

    October 23, 2015
  322. Cyn Peterson said:

    Rob L Murphy did you read this?

    October 22, 2015
  323. Really good book. Scary, and depressing but good.

    October 21, 2015
  324. Linda Rogers said:

    Brings the movie, Elysium, to mind. Sounds worth a read if nothing more than to help ward off the prospects the story puts forth.

    October 20, 2015
  325. Pam Adams said:

    I had to stop reading Margaret Atwood as I coukd n’t take anymore. I loved her writing, but one can only take so much

    October 19, 2015
  326. This 2013 review of THE WATER THIEF led me to your work. I am convinced you are one of the great living science fiction writers and I am hoping you can get another book contract. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that you should attempt to portray future life during the coming time when “climate change” accelerates.

    October 16, 2015
  327. I have it on my Nook. I just have to stop reading Victorian mysteries and read it!

    October 13, 2015
  328. I must read the book! Will order it today!

    October 10, 2015
  329. I haven’t read this, but if it rebuts the farcical blather of that drug and booze addled fascist, Rand . . . then I’m in. Incidentally, Mr. Goldberg, your observations on Orwell’s 1984 would suggest your experience with his book was limited to seeing it displayed in a book-shop window. I will not engage you, sir, in debate over this; but your suggestion that today’s landscape shows no correlation to the the book is a tad narrow. And Mr. Patsch, not to put too fine a point on it, but you sir, need some counseling. My work is done here.

    October 9, 2015
  330. Science fiction is attractive to some people. As great as the book 1984 is, none of it became a fact in 1984 or 2015.

    October 9, 2015
  331. Reading this book now…I’ve no doubt that this could become our reality!

    October 8, 2015
  332. Katt Austin said:

    I’m buying it tomorrow!

    October 6, 2015
  333. Jo Ann Toman said:

    I am afraid to read this.

    October 4, 2015
  334. Sick that we are so close to this! !!!!

    October 4, 2015
  335. Mary Patee said:

    Been reading Truthout for years! My very favorite writer there is Wm Rivers Pitt. I asked him to come speak to us twice here in Jeffco and he did!

    October 3, 2015
  336. John Traylor said:

    Rhonda Waldridge, your comment makes the point of this book perfectly.

    October 3, 2015
  337. Susan B Koz said:

    Seems we’re at least half way there.

    September 29, 2015
  338. This is less a work of fiction than an actual prophecy! We’re damn near there already. This sort of condition is almost inevitable considering the only hinderance would be a diligent and informed electorate. 👹

    September 28, 2015
  339. What would motivate me would be a realistic scientifically based UTOPIAN
    vision. Where’s the (it CAN be better) message? I haven’t read this book but it’s because I’m tired of this message of doom and violence being the dominant vision. I want young people to see possibilities that our world can evolve to a desirable outcome!

    September 28, 2015
  340. Herb Fisher said:

    I have the book and it’s a great read.

    September 27, 2015
  341. Rick Ruiz said:

    The equivalent of the movie “Total Recall ” but instead of Mars and air, it’s earth and water.

    September 25, 2015
  342. I’ve read it. It’s scary how realistic it is.

    September 23, 2015
  343. People WAKE UP, now’s the time for us to take care of mother earth!!!!

    September 18, 2015
  344. A great book for young adults! VOTE VOTE VOTE! Great read

    September 18, 2015
  345. Jan Wydra said:

    Just read it.Very good!

    September 18, 2015
  346. Pam Worner said:

    Thanks for the tip, Dean! KLCS doesn’t have it so I submitted an interlibrary loan request. I gobble dystopian novels like candy – I find them highly motivating. Check out The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway of Merchants of Doubt fame

    September 17, 2015
  347. The Koch Bros are working hard to make this book a reality!

    September 15, 2015
  348. Billie Cavin said:

    Just the thought of this is frightening

    September 14, 2015
  349. Edith Lynch said:

    Vote Bernie….stop corporations from claiming our future and that of our children?

    September 4, 2015
  350. No thanks. I’ll pass for now.
    I’m scared enough.

    September 3, 2015
  351. Kim Fereda said:

    Water=Blue Gold!! Water IS LIFE!! The 1%have gone too far!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!! This is NO JOKE

    September 3, 2015
  352. The next world war will be fought over water.

    September 2, 2015
  353. I already see the writing on the wall. I am afraid to read this, but I wish it upon many others, including some Supreme Court Justices.

    September 2, 2015
  354. Nestle has interest in a small town in WA. Has asked the Town to sell them a percentage of their water.

    September 1, 2015
  355. Sounds like a must read! Where’s Oprah’s Book club? We need her to get this book read across America!

    August 31, 2015
  356. Is the book free? Where do you get it?

    August 29, 2015
  357. Ok I’m getting it!!! BUT, READING IS PASSIVE !!!!! WE NEED ACTION !!!! READ FAST !!!!!

    August 29, 2015
  358. With the government increasingly protecting corporations instead of people, as with Citizens United, it won’t be long before corporations become more important than people – if they aren’t already. Nicholas Soutter has imagined this world where corporations own everything, including people, in his dystopian novel The Water Thief.

    August 28, 2015
  359. This is a scary, prophetic story of unfettered capitalism taken to it’s furthest extreme. Answers the question, “What do the Koch brothers and their like really want?”

    August 26, 2015
  360. Rick Scott is letting Nestle drain Florida dry…

    August 26, 2015
  361. Mary Garcia said:

    We have it, my husband got a signed copy from author. Husband said he enjoyed, just gotta get it in my queue!!

    August 26, 2015
  362. I hated the ending of this book but I am not into dystopian stories.

    August 26, 2015
  363. Terry Wasson said:

    In Colorado, I don’t own the water that falls on the roof of my house!

    August 26, 2015
  364. Tim Wojcik said:

    Just downloaded it

    August 24, 2015
  365. Linda Rice said:

    Why would we read this? We are living it.

    August 24, 2015
  366. hmm, doesn’t have to be brilliant to be a rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged. A few minutes in a Sunday School class can do that.

    August 23, 2015
  367. Mike Juilfs said:

    i loved this book great read

    August 22, 2015
  368. Sandy Tubb said:

    John Wollerman if you don’t get that corporation are colluding with certain people in the government and are very much about owning everything just as in the game of monopoly then you really are lost

    August 22, 2015
  369. Skip Madsen said:

    John Wollenman: Corporations now own much of the Government, and will soon own it all.

    August 21, 2015
  370. Roger…Colorado has banned and made illegal the use of rain barrels. So it IS ILLEGAL to collect rain water in Colorado.

    August 21, 2015
  371. Laura- the water thief was the turning point of the main character’s life. He would have done the same things the same way until he was reclamated if he’d never read the court record.

    August 9, 2015
  372. Carol Picou said:

    Yes yes I can’t wait to read it

    August 8, 2015
  373. Ted Moorhead said:

    I read it – a terrific book, and coming true as rain barrels get outlawed.

    August 8, 2015
  374. Read it a while back. Excellent!

    August 6, 2015
  375. Paid $5.99 for this book on my iPhone. Loved the book.

    August 5, 2015
  376. Wayne Gage said:

    Absolute nonsense. Learn some economics and how freedom works.

    August 4, 2015
  377. Larry Reed said:

    perception management

    August 4, 2015
  378. I’ve been looking for something good to sink my teeth into and because you recommended it, I just bought this book. I don’t believe I will be disappointed so, thanks.

    August 3, 2015
  379. Nuts! Went to Barnes and Noble yest. aft. And they had sold out. Will check Amazon .

    August 3, 2015
  380. Ted Moorhead said:

    I thought The Water Thief was excellent. I donated my copy to the Martin Luther King library, so it is available.

    August 2, 2015
  381. Lori Stevens said:

    Debi Kneubuhl-Durham. Wanna make this our 1st book? 🙂

    August 1, 2015
  382. Steve Bucy said:

    Purchased this yesterday.

    July 23, 2015
  383. Ciro Faienza said:

    It kind of is, though. #LOLFORREAL

    July 15, 2015
  384. Pamela Sue said:

    Vote blue, & help people to register & vote!

    July 13, 2015
  385. I ordered it just now in Nook Book format. Thank’s for posting this, Kim.

    July 13, 2015
  386. Lyn Speakman said:

    Have you read William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. Worth a spin.

    July 13, 2015
  387. Steven Bell said:

    It’s already here. We are under its grip now. Don’t believe anything else!

    July 13, 2015
  388. Dick Chase said:

    They are preparing to put down a civilian uprising Dan. Government is completely out of control.

    July 13, 2015
  389. Dan McGraw said:

    Hey Dick Chase, thanks for thinking of me and this recommendation. I often think of writing doubles like this myself. I think A plot around a Frak Ing disaster and spillage into a large water supply precipitation of earthquakes a long those fracturing lines would make a great thriller… When I hear of the Jade home exercises I wonder exactly what the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for. It seems like Katrina was a test case for them of something drastic ecologically. Michael Creighton pursuit such an idea in his novel state of fear which I found pretty compelling

    July 12, 2015
    • Steven Bell said:

      I believe the government is using HAARP for nefarious reasons. Katrina was one of them. Yes, conspiracies do exist.

      July 13, 2015
  390. Dick Chase said:

    This is the future that’s coming Dan McGraw. I have no doubt it.

    Justin Chase

    July 12, 2015
  391. I read the book and it was phenomenal. In light of what’s going on today, sooooo believable and very creepy!

    July 11, 2015
  392. James Haas said:

    Wait! Isn’t that Tom Selleck who steals water?

    July 11, 2015
  393. The futuristic Brave New World. Excellant book.

    July 11, 2015
  394. Mike Pod said:

    Worth reading, but literarily on a par with Atlas Shrugged, i.e., tedious. Not long enough to really confront Rand, but does establish a number of recognizable culminations of current economic notions…not pretty.

    July 10, 2015
    • How can I follow your page Mike Pod?

      July 11, 2015
    • Mike Pod said:

      Heck…go right ahead Eric. ?

      July 11, 2015
  395. A good book—I would recommend it!

    July 10, 2015
  396. Michael Dunn said:

    I wonder if they know Nestlé?

    July 10, 2015
  397. Mike Juilfs said:

    I read it. It was great.

    July 9, 2015
  398. Ron Simmons said:

    #JamesDJimmyBrown to much Faux News For You. Please go stick your head back in the sand.

    July 9, 2015
  399. It seems as if things are heading in that direction. Things we took for granted are no longer permitted in the business world.

    July 8, 2015
  400. Also watch the TV series”Continuum” on Netflix. A Canadian series set in 2077 and the corporate congress that rules. Makes you think.

    July 7, 2015
  401. Mike Pod said:

    This may not be a rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged, but having read both of them, I can say that this certainly gives a new perspective on Ayn Rand. Rather than argue the assininity of Rand, a sort-of mirror is constructed, of an asinine nature. Your sensibility does the rest.

    July 3, 2015
  402. Wayne Clack said:

    just read it greatt read

    July 2, 2015
  403. Helen Bee said:

    Will read it soon!

    June 30, 2015
  404. Really good read, get a hold of it now!

    June 30, 2015
  405. Who has a used copy. IM me. I’ll buy it of you

    June 29, 2015
  406. Read “Friday” by Robert Heinlein .eeruly simular concept where the USA is divided up into six corporate states. It is happening before our very eyes with the signing of that trade bill last week

    June 29, 2015
  407. Roger McLeod said:

    I’m 60% of the way through it…jaw still dropped.

    We all like to bitch about “too much government.” Here is a story of what it’d be like without any! (And its NOT pretty.)

    For those too naive to realize we are rapidly headed in this direction, this is a book that people should hold you down and make you read.

    It will hopefully knock some sense into those who have been solidly brainwashed to fear “socialism.” Consider a world where the police won’t bother to help you, unless there’s “something in it for them,” and suddenly the idea of a communally funded law enforcement agency, sounds delightful.

    June 19, 2015
  408. Donna Mary said:

    Edward Windsor, if you think corporations pay “enormous taxes” you’re a fool sir. In fact, they dodge taxes, keep their money offshore to do so, and get billions of dollars in “corporate welfare” while the rest of us pay our fair share. Stop watching faux news and reading Ayn Rand, it’s melting your brain.

    June 11, 2015
  409. Kate Maracas said:

    If Atlas Shrugged was nothing more than a work of fiction, why did Paul Ryan make it required reading for every member of his VP campaign staff? Because it’s not just an inconsequential work of fiction. It became more like a play book for the Tea Party – squash government and let no-holds-barred capitalism run rampant.

    June 10, 2015
  410. Wayne Gage said:

    ” Capitalism taken to it’s extreme can be so destructive…” Absolutely wrong. Corporatism is not capitalism, corporatism is socialism.

    June 2, 2015
  411. Wayne Gage said:

    Governments that sell out to corporations is bad government.

    June 2, 2015
  412. Watch again “Soylent Green” and “Blade Runner”

    May 31, 2015
  413. Herb Fisher said:

    Corporations are just governments, only the working people are “resources” and can never vote. Abandon all hope ye workers who enter corporate hell…

    May 31, 2015
  414. Jane Chinn said:

    A world Ayn Rand would have been proud to live in.

    May 31, 2015
  415. This is a very frightening story about the endgame of corporate takeover of society. People become inventory with an assessed value and are treated as property in the most mercenary of capitalistic ways.

    May 27, 2015
  416. Carlos Gray said:

    I’ve read both Atlas Shrugged and The Water Theif. I find Atlas Shrugged is a window into the mind of the elite, while the Water Theif is a window into the mind of the middle class. There has yet to be a book that covers the story from the view of the poor masses. The Water Theif is a modern 1984 (Orwell).

    May 21, 2015
  417. Lloyd Kelley said:

    A book for readers who can read and like to think. Heartily recommended.

    May 2, 2015
  418. I just finished reading it and it is scary!

    March 11, 2015
  419. I will have to give this a look.

    March 11, 2015
  420. I’m half way through and finding this book very readable and thought provoking.

    March 10, 2015
  421. This is a picture of where we are headed as giant multinational corporations dismantle governments.

    March 9, 2015
  422. Terri Jones said:

    Some girl was randomly handing these books out on campus…I’m intrigued…will put on my “to read” list…

    March 9, 2015
  423. John Gish said:

    With the government increasinglyprotecting corporations instead of people, as with Citizens United, it won’t be long before corporations become more important than people – if they aren’t already. Nicholas Soutter has imagined this world where corporations own everything, including people, in his dystopian novelThe Water Thief.

    March 8, 2015
  424. Neda Rose said:

    how many of you have actually read this book? I will start the count…. I have

    March 8, 2015
  425. Greg Seguin said:

    Sounds like a great book to make you scared straight.

    March 8, 2015
  426. Jesse Angle said:

    Bonnie Parmenter if you get a copy of this I would love to read it when you arethru

    March 6, 2015
  427. Laura Ryan said:

    should be on every list of must reads, lets not make this our tomorrow

    March 4, 2015
  428. David Orr said:

    Just started reading it on Kindle…

    March 1, 2015
  429. Nancy Noe said:

    Looks like a good read with a message to us, right now, to be more vigilant and involved, to keep government regulations strong – the only thing that can restrain corporations is enforcement of laws that lay down the rules of the road, and limit corporations to the extent necessary to protect our bill of rights and our planet.

    February 28, 2015
  430. Will go on my list. Love the idea of anything that is the antithesis of Atlas Shrugged no matter how difficult a read.

    February 27, 2015
  431. This looks like a good — and difficult — read. Kirkus reviews are posted for many books on the county library’s site–the ones I tend to trust the most. On my to-read list.

    February 27, 2015
  432. Just finished reading this book. It scorches the heart and the soul.

    February 26, 2015
  433. I just put this into my kindle yesterday!

    February 25, 2015
  434. Lee McKay said:

    “In a time of great deceit,telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

    February 25, 2015
  435. Read it. Excellent. I recommend The Water Thief.

    February 24, 2015
  436. Should be required for every member of Congress.

    February 24, 2015
  437. We are a democratic republic. They usually fail when they become empires.

    February 24, 2015
  438. Tom Rodak said:

    I want to read this for sure

    February 23, 2015
  439. Chuck Smith said:

    seems like a “must” read.

    February 23, 2015
  440. Diane Plotts said:

    I’ve had it on my wish list for quite a while waiting for the price to come down. That probably won’t happen in my life time, so I’ll just have to bite the bullet and buy it.

    February 22, 2015
  441. Tina Bush said:

    Will read.

    February 21, 2015
  442. Just read it. Good but not great, did show the horrors of letting corporations take over our lives however.

    February 21, 2015
  443. This takes 1984 to a whole new level. Makes me think about all the years I didn’t vote because I thought my vote didn’t matter.

    February 19, 2015
  444. .
    Not to downplay the importance of this work “in any way”…
    But it really should not require much “brilliance” at all to rebut Atlas Shrugged.

    February 19, 2015
  445. You required reading for every member of the Tea Party, or at least of those who read.

    February 19, 2015
  446. Jon Hull said:

    If it rebuts Atlas Shrugged one should take it as gospel

    February 19, 2015
  447. I gave two copies as Christmas gifts!

    February 18, 2015
  448. Debra Cohen said:

    An activist friend of mine just recommended this to me. It’s up next on my reading list.

    February 18, 2015
  449. Neda Rose said:

    You need to read This Changes Everything also

    February 18, 2015
  450. Neda Rose said:

    How many of you have read this? It is chilling and makes you think

    February 18, 2015
  451. I’m reading this book right now and its very very good.

    February 17, 2015
  452. I think that will be the next one I read!

    February 17, 2015
  453. Just requested it be purchased for my local public library.

    February 16, 2015
  454. just started reading this one, spooky real

    February 15, 2015
  455. Just put it on my book clubs list to read.

    February 15, 2015
  456. Kay Doyle said:

    Excellent book. Reading it now!!

    February 13, 2015
  457. Tim Kelly said:

    Why just every member of OCCUPY?

    February 12, 2015
  458. Why does Atlas Shrugged even need a rebuttal? I tried to read it in high school, at the urging of a friend, and found it totally incomprehensible. Rand couldn’t write, and her original best-seller, Anthem, bears a remarkable resemblance to Evgeny Zamyatin’s We, published decades before. (But Zamyatin had already died in exile from Stalinist Russia, so no copyright challenges.)

    February 10, 2015
  459. I’ve been searching for a good rebuttal to Atlas Shrugged.

    February 9, 2015
  460. Interesting read. We need to pay attention.

    February 8, 2015
  461. I’m for anything that refutes “Atlas Shrugged.”

    February 8, 2015
  462. Billy Elsie said:

    Just bought a copy, on Amazon. $15,86/includ. shipping!

    February 8, 2015
  463. Tjis is only the start. This country has no idea of the corporate dismantling of society that is headed their way, like a runaway train. things are gonna get REAL bad. Beyond imagination. Glad I’m old.

    February 6, 2015
  464. Carlos Gray said:

    it’s a good book

    February 5, 2015
  465. James Sawers said:

    The best rebuttal to “Atlas Shrugged” is common sense….

    February 2, 2015
  466. I’ll have to find this one. It’s important.

    February 2, 2015
  467. James Walker said:

    this is an interesting read. the libertarian dream turned nightmare.

    February 1, 2015
  468. JoAnne Hite said:

    Kevin Deegan-Krause, a good one for your Sci-Fi book club.

    January 6, 2015
  469. you don’t have to worry, lee, it won’t scare you…

    January 5, 2015
  470. Frank Vanis said:

    Great review….it’s going on my must read list. Not that the subject matter isn’t real enough…after reading other views such as The Handmaidens Tale….it might now be real enough!

    FWIW….my enjoyment of what might be considered “science fiction” comes with the knowledge that among the many works of that genre there will be the truth….

    January 4, 2015
  471. Sean Reilly said:

    People have to mobilize and fight back.

    January 4, 2015
  472. Hank Trout said:

    Very eager to read this.

    January 3, 2015
  473. Hank Trout said:

    This just jumped to the top of my Must Read list.

    January 2, 2015
  474. Mary Bagwell said:

    It was a truly frightenening read. More realistic than 1984 in many ways.

    January 1, 2015
  475. Tom Forester said:

    Great read It’s the anti Ayn Rand novel of our time.

    January 1, 2015
  476. Nola Thacker said:

    I picked this up at my library today. Will start reading tomorrow.

    January 1, 2015
  477. I wish the book had been longer and taken the concept further and given us more of a way out….even more history about how the characters and that country got into the mess

    December 31, 2014
  478. Marilyn Good said:

    The book sounds so interesting & scary at the same time. It sounds too familiar to what we are experiencing in America today. Maybe not on a grander scale now, but on the way there, unfortunately. Vigilance is necessary & voicing our extreme displeasure to corporations ruling the world, and having the same rights as people.

    December 30, 2014
  479. Carole Scott said:

    Quite a book. I see so many similarities today, it is scary.

    December 30, 2014
  480. with Christy about to allow corporate entities to buy municipalities in New Jersey, the statements of Hershey’s ceo (that water is not a human right–i.e., rather, a commodity), the future has come to pass.

    December 30, 2014
  481. Good read but so short and I didn’t like the ending

    December 29, 2014
  482. Just finished it. Scary how real this book is becoming. I found myself starring and underlining paragraphs and phrases. I read Ayn Rand about 10 years ago, and realized that our government since Reagan seems intent on proving her thesis-that government is bad, by becoming bad-by disregarding prudence, morality, responsibility and Baby Bush made it all a reality-sleeping at the wheel, letting corporations run a muck with the treasury, then going home to play with his colors. It’s becoming more and more true that survival is about the risk, and the stakes are raised every hand-to see who’s willing to risk the most. The attitude really has become that poverty is deserved because you simply didn’t want to do what it takes to make money, so you’re lazy. The christian RW shouting that any of this has anything to do with morality is as insane as the system of Darwinian competition that’s being created. The sad truth is that in the red state I live in, I’m afraid RW’ers would read this book, as they read Rand, as a how to manual, rather than a dystopian warning.

    December 29, 2014
  483. This book is very upsetting..You don’t realize until you read it how much more important water is than any other resource…Nothing cannot be controlled..Food prices, housing,’s a nightmare scenario that may happen..

    December 28, 2014
  484. Mike Stagg said:

    Who needs dystopian novels when you live in Louisiana?

    December 28, 2014
  485. Danny Brewer said:

    Sherie, let me know your thoughts if you read it before I get to it.

    December 28, 2014
  486. The real water thief is city if San Francisco stealing Beth Getty.

    December 27, 2014
  487. Jim Parcel said:

    a wise man once said, we are doomed to repeat the past, if we learn nothing from it.

    December 27, 2014
  488. Kay Starr said:

    This is happening in our country and I have only one vote and that vote is for politicians who do not usually tell their real agenda….The people of the USA have elected too many self interested politicians…..I will not use that as an excuse to give up…..

    December 26, 2014
  489. Harry Tru said:

    Water is and has been the next OIL…Watch for the Wars to begin.

    December 26, 2014
  490. Things go better with corporate water

    December 24, 2014
  491. Tom Forester said:

    Great book. It’s the anti Ayn Rand. Written in the same over bearing woody style.

    December 20, 2014
  492. PEOPLE still have a bit of control. Move your funds.. savings, loans, checking to a local credit union! Fees are lower and they treat you better. Stop doing business with the “to big to fail” Banksters. Buy from local merchants your say is worth a few cents in pricing!. Do what ya can besides whine on the internet!

    December 20, 2014
  493. Read it and it was thought provoking. Thieves Emporium is another good choice.

    December 19, 2014
  494. Ann Coleman said:


    December 18, 2014
  495. Nola Thacker said:

    Have you read this yet, Jack? I just placed a hold on it at my library.

    December 16, 2014
  496. Corporate controlled future? We’ve been living in a Corporate controlled PRESENT for a long while now.

    December 15, 2014
  497. I was pretty disappointed in it. Very lightweight, no real important questions and definately no answers.

    December 3, 2014
  498. Not really sci-fi. That’s what’s scary.

    December 1, 2014
  499. Bill, you are a wonderful promoter. Read the book and liked it. Thx!

    November 28, 2014
  500. Andrew Laux said:

    Have you read this book?

    November 23, 2014
  501. someone’s got to clean up the mess of those that came before

    November 19, 2014
  502. Not to distant future….:(

    November 17, 2014
  503. Jessica Crum said:

    Jessi Hixson we must download and read!

    November 16, 2014
  504. I was very disappointed in it. Very wishy washy and not nearly realistic enough. Way too vague.

    November 15, 2014
  505. I just downloaded on your recommendation will let you know.

    November 12, 2014
  506. I was disappointed. It never took a stand or explained the characters thoroughly enough. They seemed washed out and maleable. No explanations for changing attitudes.

    November 2, 2014
  507. However, Charly, fictional stories can, and most often do, advocate particular ideas, and profess, either intentionally, or unintentionally, theories and isms, that can be considered wrong, or right by a reader, according to their personal preferences,and beliefs.

    October 24, 2014
  508. Sue Wipp said:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am around half way through it.

    October 21, 2014
  509. Fiction is neither right nor wrong, it is merely fiction, dumb ass.

    October 19, 2014
  510. Judy Day said:

    Ayn Rand tries to make a fictional point, with her fictional story and characters. She was a total hypocrite.

    October 18, 2014
  511. Ayn Rand was right and the Occupy folks are still whining little twits.

    October 17, 2014
  512. SOUTTER nailed it about dropping the rope ( tho I believe it’d bring thrown TO the ground) and vigilance as our only protection is useless without action. The Dumbing down of American youth is step one thell never even see it coming…

    October 14, 2014
  513. Cori Grant said:

    You should read Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga, staring with Wool.

    October 9, 2014
  514. Neda Rose said:

    excellent book

    October 6, 2014
  515. Bill Maisch said:

    Charlie, I couldn’t agree more

    October 5, 2014
  516. I have a number (7) of books yet to read. So I will wait until next year. By then it should be on the discount shelf. I look forward to it.

    October 3, 2014
  517. Anything that counters that Narcissist Rand is good in my opinion.

    October 1, 2014
  518. Mark Keller said:

    So who thought rebutting a work of fiction was somehow interesting. Try stating your point on it’s merits, not to contradict someone who’s dead work of fiction.

    September 29, 2014
  519. Rv Branham said:

    hell, it could be taking place as of just a few years ago. many cities & counties in this country (mostly in red states) make it illegal, punishable by fines & jail, to have rain barrels to collect the water runoff from yr roof.

    September 29, 2014
  520. Methinks he doth protest too much……I have read Atlas Shrugged 6 times, it takes a lot of reading to fully understand. She was a brilliant woman and said more in one paragraph than most writers do in a whole chapter. She had her faults, as who does not. Things I like to remember are that she gave me the courage to leave my abusive first husband….she was totally pro-choice as regards to abortion, saying “without choice, one is not human”, true, and she thought all drugs should be legal. I have read all her novels, there were four, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, We The Living, and Anthem, and read her periodicals for years. She changed a lot of lives, mine included; she even, if you will, ended her own life because she would not give up smoking. One must be careful in speaking of someone before one knows a bit more about them. I had been an atheist until I read “Conversations With God”, that book was controversial, too. Avoid, at all costs, meaningless pap, read something that just might make you THINK!

    September 26, 2014
  521. David Palmer said:

    As if a piece of 12 year old emotionally developmentally handicapped crap like Atlas Shrugged needs rebutting……..

    September 22, 2014
  522. Hilde Tapley said:

    First, Mark Keller, although “Atlas Shrugged” might be fiction, but the essence of the John Galt Speech in the very fiction novel can be found in Ayn Rand’s none fiction writing, like “Objectivism” as well. If you are not competent to judge for yourself that the loss of voting right is dangerous, I’m glad to decide for you. Here are some thoughts to consider regarding your questions……………………In an interview with Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand stated the following.:

    Mike Wallace: “You are out to destroy almost every edifice of the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo-Christian religion, our modified government regulated capitalism, our rule by majority will. Other reviews have said you scorn churches and the concept of God. Are these accurate criticisms?”
    Rand: “Yes”……….. As you can see, Ayn Rand seems to think that only the chosen should be allowed to vote. What if you, Mark Keller, are not one of them? What if your precious opinion can’t be heard? Do you, perhaps, think…….the rest of the world should wait for you to decide what is dangerous and what not? The author used imagination and a analytic mind to predict a world without majority vote in which only a few rule and decide what is good for you. Could it be that you belong to the group of “New Intellectuals”, the ones “who get it” according to Ayn Rand and her disciples, who have convinced themselves, contrary to science, that human nature actually could produce a morally superior human race? OOoooops,of course they don’t believe this, they think that nothing will happen to them and who cares about the weak anyway, right? Frankly, we need more books like “The Water Thief”.

    September 16, 2014
  523. Joe Kraher said:

    Is this really “fiction”?

    September 16, 2014
  524. I read this book. I can’t say it was all that great, sure brought up some interesting ideas

    September 16, 2014
  525. Mark Keller said:

    Who writes a book to rebut fiction? Why are some views so dangerous? Who decides what views are dangerous?

    September 15, 2014
  526. Don Nelson said:

    I’ve read The Water Thief as well as 1984. The similarities are obvious. The stages are different but the outcomes are similar. A system, any system, that seeks dominance through oppression and supression eleminates free thought and action.

    September 15, 2014
  527. Bill Hines said:

    A different take….wortrh a read…..

    September 15, 2014
  528. I think Water Thief is a must-read for anybody who’s read Rand–especially anybody who’s taken with Rand. It’s meant to be a rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged and written on the same level.

    September 14, 2014
  529. An important and unforgettable book. Must read!

    September 14, 2014
  530. I didn’t like either this book or Atlas Shrugged. I read them both but they are too extreme for me and both show the negative. Obviously balance is the answer but reading these books was no fun.

    September 12, 2014
  531. People have rights: to potable water, breathable air, assembly and speech, life, liberty, a chance at happiness, which requires livable employment with equitable wages.

    In addition we have the right and responsibility to hold our government liable for allowing and participating in the destruction of the planet and those rights guaranteed by our constitution.

    We are instructed by our founders to right this ship.

    When Money is Speech, Bribery is Legal.

    September 7, 2014
  532. This is a great book. Soutter needs to land a real publisher with real promotion, real sales staff, real reviewers, a real catalog, real distribution, real publicity and real access to bookstores.

    September 4, 2014
  533. Linda Peavy said:

    It’s against capitalism? I can’t find a free copy anywhere. Hardly!

    September 3, 2014
  534. Bonnie Helm said:

    Will get this book!

    September 2, 2014
  535. Ken Fiallos said:

    have not read the book but sounds alot like the Series “Continuum” available on Netflix

    September 2, 2014
  536. Interesting. I will get it. (What’s depressing right here is the abundance of misspelled words in the commentary.).

    September 2, 2014
  537. Sue Bush said:

    Reading it right now…serious reading, scary: so afraid this is going to be our reality!

    September 1, 2014
  538. Debra Dallai said:

    oops still haven’t gotten this one yet…will do!

    September 1, 2014
  539. I’m just starting this. I’ll let you know what I think of it, but I can tell you now that the companies that are buying up water sources right now to make a profit later raise serious issues.

    August 30, 2014
  540. Hilde Tapley said:

    In an interview with Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand stated the following.:

    Mike Wallace: “You are out to destroy almost every edifice of the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo-Christian religion, our modified government regulated capitalism, our rule by majority will. Other reviews have said you scorn churches and the concept of God. Are these accurate criticisms?”
    Rand: “Yes”

    August 29, 2014
  541. Hilde Tapley said:

    The authors name is Nicholas Lamar Soutter, Mr. Homer. I’m always surprised by the comments of the “New Intellectuals” Ayn Rand’s philosophy has created and their academic knowledge, which allows them seemingly…… not even to bother and look up the author and give him credit for his work. Seems like the privilege to be mentioned for a piece of romance novel is exclusively reserved for her majesty, the almighty goddess of Objectivism. But I can see, you know your numbers. The Koch brothers ideology is actually a more imminent danger to the country than their money. Let me explain…….. “Atlas Shrugged” is an utopian novel about a capitalistic society with a woman screwing the main protagonists until she finds her final match in an disgruntled inventor and her place in the kitchen. Much of what seems to be highest moral standard……businesses going Galt, for instance, leaving workers and the country to die is the idea for Galt and his “friends” to take over the Government. Do you really share the moral standard of a hero in a fictional story in reality? The Tea Party seems to do so. Why doesn’t the recent news about BK trying to re-locate to Canada to pay less taxes has a familiar “Atlas” bell? Taking all companies who have changed their HQ to other countries, this country will lose 20 Billion Dollars and who, Mr. Homer, do you think will have to pay in the end? Before the lights go out in D.C. that is? But my main point is……it seems to have escaped your attention that both books are fiction and in order to drive a point home, artists (like writers) tend to exaggerate a story. Simple as that. Nothing, absolutely nothing, calls for some of the responses I can read here.

    August 29, 2014
  542. George Smith said:

    I will be forced to drink beer from now on to do my part for water conservation. cheers.

    August 29, 2014
  543. Tim Phares said:

    BTW, “The Giver” is a good dystopian movie.

    August 29, 2014
  544. Maya Elashi said:

    ‘Truth doesn’t Sell,’ that’s the real bottom line here, within this dystopian novel.

    August 28, 2014
  545. Gary King said:

    Anyone recommend this read?

    August 27, 2014
  546. I still remember Mr Gregory’s first fast… amazing self discipline and scruples this man has…

    August 27, 2014
  547. Ken Fiallos said:

    The reminiscent of the “Continuum” on Netflix

    August 27, 2014
  548. Matt Easley said:

    If you think people are getting killed over Oil these days, wait until the Water Wars.

    August 26, 2014
  549. Don Nelson said:

    Corporatism is the government!

    August 26, 2014
  550. Fantasy-The citizens have far, far more to fear from our governments than from corporations. Disgrace!

    August 26, 2014
  551. I read this book recently – Scary and brilliantly written !!

    August 25, 2014
  552. Sue Bush said:

    I just ordered it from my locally owned independent book store!

    August 25, 2014
  553. I tried to order this great themed book from Barnes and Noble but was told it’s only on E books. Guess it’s time to get a Kindle reader! lol

    August 25, 2014
  554. Neda Rose said:

    I agree, read the book, you should also

    August 24, 2014
  555. Hilde Tapley said:

    Beats “Atlas Shrugged” in the first 5 pages. Makes you want to laugh, but instead it chokes you up through the realization that corporations are just as powerful as we let them. It’s time to step back for a while before we can go forward. Ayn Rand was a romantic dreamer and her wishful thinking of a world full of moral heroes, who don’t need to be regulated,….. is very naïve. She, herself admitted, that “Atlas Shrugged” was meant to be a love story. Although the statement could be found on Wikipedia, it has later been deleted. In an interview with Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand stated the following.:

    Mike Wallace: “You are out to destroy almost every edifice of the contemporary American way of life, our Judeo-Christian religion, our modified government regulated capitalism, our rule by majority will. Other reviews have said you scorn churches and the concept of God. Are these accurate criticisms?”
    Rand: “Yes”……….The attempt to restrict voters right is exactly what we can observe now. No more majority will, no more Democracy and there goes the Republic. Our modified government regulated capitalism has already gone Galt and I wonder if we are able to stop the downward spiral through new laws? Let’s vote, as long as we can.

    August 23, 2014
  556. When all that is necessary for life – water, air, and food are totally controlled by corporate interests, we will see either a major insurrection or the end of the human race. In the end, even the corporate entities will realize that they lack the tools to provide what life needs. It is not money

    August 22, 2014
  557. oh, thanks for the read darling larry very 47% and counting

    August 22, 2014
  558. what they do to their own they will do to you and your loved ones when they come, its always been that way and counting

    August 22, 2014
  559. and the medical profession they’ll have all the gunia pigs they need and then some, but the insurance claim money won’t last forever, very short sighted on their parts

    August 22, 2014
  560. don’t think the political infrastructure is gona do anything either cause they paid by lobbyists that could care less what you drink

    August 22, 2014
  561. and it won’t be the corporations either cause they never lived here but they did invest here

    August 22, 2014
  562. some one will have to pay for the cleanup and it won’t be the citizens cause their broke

    August 22, 2014
  563. Gayla Miller said:

    I am a child of “1984” and seeing to much of it in action- need to read this one!

    August 22, 2014
  564. Kevin Sells said:

    And we don’t even see it coming…

    August 21, 2014
  565. Sounds interesting and depressing

    August 21, 2014
  566. Very depressing. God forbid that we get into an Ayn Rand type of society.

    August 20, 2014
  567. once you know you will get involve! ! was in shock when I first learned of this!

    August 19, 2014
  568. Dave Decker said:

    .”..the corrupted police system, which makes more money creating criminals, than catching real ones.” Everyone realizes that we have a large number of soldiers and former soldiers that have been well-trained and are now underemployed unless we continue to fight endless wars. Employment as security personnel of all stripes is and will be a desired position for these folks…jest sayin’.

    August 19, 2014
  569. World Bank and others tried to privatize water (including rain) in Bolivia. But, they dad to stop after people rose up. Yes, we must be vigilant.

    August 19, 2014
  570. Republicans are already talking about it. If a commodity (water) is priced so high, consumers will adjust their consumption. Already happening. Fracking and drought are two activities involved.

    August 18, 2014
  571. Brokered by Jenna Bush….they are all set for the future, imagine the $$ they’ll make once the fracking, algae blooms, Monsanto and Coca-Cola get through contaminating the world’s water reserves!!

    August 18, 2014
  572. The USA under President GHWB built an air strip capable of handling the largest of planes, on top of the world’s largest fresh water aquifer in Paraguay. This air strip sits right next to a 100,000 acre plot owned by the Bush family. The rich will never run short of water.

    August 18, 2014
  573. Did you know that its actually illegal in some States right now to collect rainwater or to have a cistern? How has this happened?

    August 18, 2014
  574. John Roberts said:

    URINETOWN was on Broadway 12 years ago. A great musical with the same idea.

    August 18, 2014
  575. Corporate Thievery of water is a fact in India and other Nations!

    August 18, 2014
  576. Truth not. The biggest problems all of us have are at the hands of our great EPA. Ask any of the farmers in Calf.. Business has become unimportant to the EPA. Only if it involved solar or wind. People blamed Duke Power for the killing of Bald Eagles out west and they were even fined, allowing them to kill all they want now, but, I just finished reading the environmental study done by the EPA, yes the EPA, that never mentioned Bald Eagles and gave Duke the go-ahead to build the wind turbines. In WVA, swallows have almost disappeared from the huge windfarms we have. EPA ok’d it. The EPA needs to go.

    August 17, 2014
  577. Jim Davis said:

    Sounds like a rip off of tank-girl

    August 18, 2014
  578. Jim Davis said:

    i am tried of dystopias! how about a new era of utopias?

    August 18, 2014
  579. Nancy Dodd said:

    Nightmare time….thought only Stephen King could give me nightmares !!!

    August 17, 2014
  580. If we can dream it up, we can dream it down Reverend Ike

    August 17, 2014
  581. Is this where the U.S./World is heading?

    August 17, 2014
  582. The only reason there hasn’t been a rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged until now is that A.S. is and always has been such a glaring example of nonsensical claptrap that no rebuttal was necessary until the Koch brothers latched onto it as a playbook and bought and paid for bozos like Paul Ryan to glorify it.

    August 16, 2014
  583. The Water Thief just may be this century’s 1984. Soutter scripts a believable projection of the near future which causes readers dismay over what we knowingly accept could happen to our world. Kudos for displaying the inhuman ruthlessness of crony capitalism and the path it is herding us down.

    November 14, 2012
  584. Jodi Houts said:

    I am looking forward to reading this book. I also feel some areas of government are necessary. Unfetterred capitalism is quite dangerous when profits become more important than basic human rights. I would think most people would be able to see this on a daily basis in our own society.

    November 9, 2012
  585. can I make other people do it? no. but I can. and I can refuse to accept any less form anyone else, including the government and big business.

    November 5, 2012
  586. and the important part is we leave them and their property alone after that point. no retaliation, no judicial system or military, just defense and then back to being sane again

    November 5, 2012
  587. I call a spade a spade, or in this case- a government. Then My allies and I will fight them off of our property. When they stop fucking with us we turn swords back to plowshares….

    November 5, 2012
  588. “autonomy and voluntarism is the real alternative”
    So what do you do when 10 guys get together and decide – hey, if we work together we can take what doesn’t belong to us—and begin ganging up on people and taking their stuff?

    November 5, 2012
  589. war happens because of government- actually as I see it in your novel the future society hasn’t eliminating government at all, it is just a form of capitalist feudalism. Still very much a top down hierarchal structure with a strong ruling class enforced by violence against the people….That’s government to me any way… corporatism and federalism are both government, so it’s a false dichotomy

    November 5, 2012
  590. There are anthropological studies done of prehistoric violence. they have more or less concluded that warfare is a product of government. tribal societies did have minor skirmishes the worst prehistoric battle maybe 59 people died. It has absolutely no comparison to the 100 million that dies during the 20th century.

    November 5, 2012
  591. Okay, but by that logic, you couldn’t show me to be wrong, either. So in the interest of intellectual discourse, how do you suggest we proceed?

    November 5, 2012
  592. history, meaning written recording of events, has only existed (until now) under the watch of governments…you are comparing governments to governments. so you can’t prove your point about government, since all of those societies you are comparing ours to also had governments (and the same problems that come with them)

    November 5, 2012
  593. All time. From recorded history to now. As we as humans better learn to govern ourselves, human suffering has gone down. The link I gave answers most of the questions you just asked.

    November 5, 2012
  594. right, what segment of time are you comparing to now? what’s the control where there was no government? only prehistoric and non-western tribal societies can even count. And yes they die of disease- because they don’t have germ theory. But you can have germ theory and decentralization at the same time. It’s a false dichotomy

    November 5, 2012
  595. Look, We’re talking about whether or not government works, period. Let’s call an Apple an Apple. We have historic lows in the percentage of people on this planet who are suffering (at the same time as having a record high people on the planet). This is the result of organization, and government.

    November 5, 2012
  596. look at raw numbers, making it per capita distorts that. 100 million dead in the 20th century don’t care that they are less as a percentage. To truly compare our view points you have to take prehistoric war and compare it to now….

    November 5, 2012
  597. It seems that way, but as a percentage of global population, starvation, genocide, police brutality – they’re all down. I linked my source above for you.

    November 5, 2012
  598. I’m curious- are you counting war, police brutality, and genocide in your word violence? because never has the World seen so much war at one time as now…

    November 5, 2012
  599. the government isn’t the baby. the government is the person throwing it all out.

    November 5, 2012
  600. 1) Science is a big contributor to the lifespan issue, yes, but so is law enforcement.

    2) Violence, world wide, is at its lowest point in human history (

    Governments cause violence, yes, and it is beamed into our homes on television, making it more proximate. But Human beings are happier, healthier, and live longer than at any point in human history, and a method for agreeing upon and enforcing laws is a part of that. Can we improve? Absolutely, but lets not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    November 5, 2012
  601. The lifespan issue was helped by science not the government….

    November 5, 2012
  602. You seem to forget the trail of tears, and all the indian wars that were perpetrated but eh government. And the mass extermination of jews,gypsies and other “undesirables” perpetrated by the german government in WW2. You can not perfect mankind, we are an essentially morally broken species. But power structures like corporate control and government end up amplifying our moral corruption, not making it go away….think of all the atrocities committed by governments..hiroshima, nagasaki, drone strikes on civilians, rawanda, the holocaust, institutional slavery, etc- all were caused by the government and big business. I don’t accept your dichotomy that to reject corporatism I have to accept federalism. I support autonomy, and I’ll accept the problems that come along with it on account that individuals can never do as much harm as governments.

    November 5, 2012
  603. For the sake of argument, for the moment, I’ll grant that you are more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.

    That notwithstanding, the times of greatest violence committed against man, and the times of the shortest human lifespan, have all been times when there has been no law enforcement.

    The town of Deadwood (settled by Americans but outside the US, in what would later become South Dakota) had no laws at all (being on Indian territory). In a town of no more than 5,000 people there were over 5 murders a day. This was common in western frontier towns without law enforcement.

    While I agree that a police force always comes with problems, that alone is no reason to disband them entirely, and historically as the enforcement of laws goes up, so does life expectancy. In other words, they help far more than they hurt (and when they go away, you see violence like rioting, looting, rape and murder skyrocket).

    November 5, 2012
  604. only if you count murdering people without trial as a deterrence to violence and not a perpetration of violence. You are more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist…

    November 5, 2012
  605. So an active police force is not a deterrence to violence?

    November 5, 2012
  606. if you think the government PREVENTS violence you are sorely mistaken….But the short answer is the only violence you have control over is the violence you commit…You can’t use violence to prevent violence. If that’s an unsatisfying answer than too bad, because it’s the truth.

    November 5, 2012
  607. @Ryan

    “autonomous free people don’t’ need anyone to rule them, whether they are from business or government”

    Then how do you prevent violence?

    November 5, 2012
  608. @Ryan: Which is the false dichotomy and why?

    November 5, 2012
  609. I apologize for the confusion. Let me attempt to clarify.

    You are correct, that’s not what you said, and that’s not what you meant.

    However, when I was speaking about the removal of government oversight as being Laissez Faire, your reply was “Nor do I think you understand Ayn Rand’s. She already mentioned the courts and police.” Since I have always stipulated that she believed in courts and police, it appeared to me asif you were using “Laissez Faire” in two ways – one correctly (when you were using it for yourself), and another incorrectly (suggesting I was saying and meaning things I was not).

    I’m not sure that I’ve clarified. But it simply seemed to me that when I used the word “laissez Fair” in relation to Ayn Rand, you countered that I was wrong because she believed in courts and police. But since that’s not what Laissez Fair means, then that’s not what I meant. You seemed to think it was, so either you were using the word incorrectly, or just being difficult.

    November 5, 2012
  610. autonomous free people don’t’ need anyone to rule them, whether they are from business or government…

    November 5, 2012
  611. I’ll add that one of the major characters in the book is named Corbitt. 🙂

    November 4, 2012
  612. Government is a necessary evil that is needed to keep order, but must be kept small to avoid becoming a big evil as it is today in the USA.

    November 4, 2012
  613. Well, Mr. Corbitt seems to use Laissez Fair to include the removal of all government (which Rand did not advocate, and I never said she did). But along those lines, I would add that what we have today was the direct result of the better system winning out in a pure Randian fashion. The wild west- towns like Deadwood, had no government at all, none. What did they do? Created government, FAST! People decided, in much as Hobbes described, that life without some form of regulation (even above and beyond simply a court system, but economic regulations to protect people) was not a good idea. And we as a people choose to keep government. How do I know? Because we haven’t revolted. Rand believed that in the market-place of ideas the best would win out. Well, so far, hers has had a hard time finding traction.

    November 4, 2012
  614. Peter Ash said:

    Singapore – pretty authoritarian from what I understand. My point is that freedom and capitalism don’t go together quite as nicely as Ms Rand would have us believe.

    November 4, 2012
  615. Peter Ash said:

    Ok, America in the 19th century. Sure, pretty Laissez Faire, but freedom was also pretty limited. Most of the populace couldn’t vote and like I said earlier, when everyone got to vote, we got the welfare state.

    November 4, 2012
  616. Mr. Corbit… You haven’t read the book, so you don’t know what I do or do not understand, save for what I put on these forums, and I’ve already granted that she allows for courts, and explained above (and in another thread) why that is insufficient to prevent a dystopia. For the second time, you are arguing positions I’ve already addressed.

    If I was objecting to Ayn Rand, wouldn’t you insist I at least have read her?

    If you continue to insist on taking positions others have argued (far better than you, I may add) in this very thread, to which I’ve ALREADY replied just posts above yours, without reading those posts or this book… THAT is wasteful, and I’ll stop your posting here.

    November 4, 2012
  617. Peter Ash said:

    Why bother formulating a leftist critique of “Objectivism” when the standard conservative objections suffice?

    November 3, 2012
  618. Peter Ash said:

    Here we are, a perfect example of utopian ideology in action… we have to get back to the lost ideal society, everyone freely enjoying the fruits of their labors freely. Ok Scott, can you give us an historic example of capitalism as you define it? A significant period of time without any large state intervention in the economy?

    November 3, 2012
  619. @ Scott – Sigh…

    First of all, you’ve used the words Corporatism and Capitalism incorrectly. In this forum we use those words as they are defined in the dictionary (and so does the book). It’s important, because if you start confusing words like “corporatism” with “crony capitalism”, or “capitalism” with “Objectivism”, we’re no longer speaking the same language, and it makes honest and fair discussion difficult.

    Now my short answer to your post is that I agree with you that Capitalism (as you used the word) and Corporatism are not the same thing.

    This book, however, makes that point. But you haven’t read it, so you don’t know that.

    The argument I make is that, what you called “Anarchy” (also not used correctly in the Objectivist sense, but fine) is the inevitable result of lassie-fare capitalism (the dictionary definition and in the Objectivist sense).

    Every point you made, however, has already been made above. You haven’t said anything someone else hasn’t said, and I’ve already answered this.

    If you have a new point you’d like to contribute, or fault in my previous arguments, I’d be very interested in hearing you.

    But for the sake of having an honest and productive discussion, lets agree to 1) Use words as they are defined in the dictionary (not an unreasonable request, and keeps people from putting words I didn’t mean in my mouth), and 2) Not re-posit old arguments.

    November 3, 2012
  620. This is right out of today’s headlines. Liberal Environmentalists are claiming all rain and water belongs to the collective and therefore have made it illegal to collect rainwater and grey water in many cities and I think states.

    November 3, 2012
  621. Peter Ash said:

    but as long as it’s “corporatism” not “capitalism” we’re after, the utopian dream can stay alive…

    Tony, back 200 years ago when we had “true laissez-faire” most of the populace was excluded from the political process. Flash forward about a hundred years, women are starting to vote and welfare states and unions creep in…

    The marriage between democracy and capitalism is over.

    November 1, 2012
  622. Jeez Louise….I’m wondering where on the political spectrum many of you lie…

    October 31, 2012
  623. @Kenneth Olsen we can only dream your statement is true. laissez-faire is one of the biggests blights on democracy.

    October 30, 2012
  624. I look forward to reading it! Also, I am impressed with your willingness to calmly engage in a defense of your book with someone who attacks your premise before reading the book! It’s also a relief to read a discussion where both parties remain respectful despite disagreeing!

    October 29, 2012
  625. Governments charter corporations. Corporations cannot exist without the existence of government. Obviously governments have the right to regulate corporations. In a perfect Libertarian utopia, corporations would not exist. Everyone would be required to take individual responsibility. I doubt we would ever move from where we are to laissez-faire capitalism.

    October 27, 2012
  626. I am so opposed to laissez faire capitalism; why have we been so accepting of it as a way of life? i can’t wait to read The Water Thief.

    October 25, 2012
  627. Tony Smith said:

    I’m looking forward to reading your book.

    October 23, 2012
  628. While I would disagree with the point, I have enjoyed the debate as well. Thank you.

    October 23, 2012
  629. Tony Smith said:

    I think my point is that your Oversight already exists and the result is both rampant corporatism AND crony capitalism. The two go hand in hand. It has been more than 200 years since we enjoyed true laissez-faire in this nation. Still, as a professional editor, I admire anyone who writes a book, even when I disagree with its premise. Thank you for the lively debate.

    October 23, 2012
  630. People make more of Atlas shrugged than it is. It was a story about a power crazed woman who is no different than the secretary that sleeps her way to the glass ceiling. That in fact was what the old Jewess was. She was no prize yet she thought herself one. We have all met them who have rose through the ranks legitimately. They hate women who help each other up the ladder who work legitimately. Didn’t she marry a playwrite or producer? Chastity and monogomy meant nothing to her, she was an atheist and in the end a liar who lived on the social security she wrote against and spoke out against in Atlas. What an old hypocrit.

    October 23, 2012
  631. Well, every bureaucracy, including police and military, are rife with potential for abuse (and examples with the police and military are stunning and numerous). If potential for abuse is all you need to abandon a system, there would be no systems left. Regardless, I do tackle the problem of those abuses and others in the book, and while you may disagree with the 4th function premise, that is the thrust of the argument made.

    October 22, 2012
  632. Tony Smith said:

    The quote you cite by Rand can be condensed to this: The only proper functions of government are to protect your rights and your property from injury or fraud. In fact, I have often heard Judge Andrew Napolitano say exactly that. Oversight is a illegitimate function of government and one rife with potential for abuse and manipulation . . . precisely as we see occurring today. I can think of no better example of abuse of such oversight than the EPA, as corrupt a bureaucracy as ever existed.

    October 22, 2012
  633. Oversight is not included in Laisse-fair either. I would take it a step further and argue that oversight is actualy a part of Objectivist system since in fact it is required for government to survive, but Objectivists (Libertarians and Rand) would not concur, so I add it as a 4th role and argue from that position.

    October 22, 2012
  634. Ayn Rand said “The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breaches or fraud by the others”. But what I argue is that without a 4th role, that of oversight, corporations as entities (as opposed to individuals) will become larger than the government and economically leverage it out of existence (as nearly happened in 2008). Then all government will be gone, and you have Corporatism.

    October 22, 2012
  635. Tony Smith said:

    But that is where your premise is flawed, at least to the extent that it claims to rebut Rand’s philosophy and laissez-faire. Citing to Webster, laissez-faire is “a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights.” Laissez-faire presupposes a government strong enough to enforce those property rights, which also encompass individual rights, since every individual has a right of property in his own life. The setting for your book, however, is a society in which no such government exists. Therefore it follows that laissez-faire capitalism also cannot exist in such a society. Besides, to my knowledge, Rand never advocated absolute anarchy.

    October 22, 2012
  636. BINGO! You hit the nail on the head. I argue that if you had true laissez faire capitalism as Rand suggests, you’d necessarily devolve into Corporatism (Webster’s) which would be no different than (well, actually far worse than) government. That’s the point. Thus, I argue, her system is unsustainable.

    October 22, 2012
  637. Tony Smith said:

    In other words, a de facto government.

    October 22, 2012
  638. Contracts are enforced by private police/military, paid for by corporations.

    October 22, 2012
  639. Tony Smith said:

    I will give it a read.

    October 22, 2012
  640. Tony Smith said:

    If there is no government in your book, then what entity enforces contracts? A rose by any other name . . .

    October 22, 2012
  641. Oh, I misread your earlier post. You HAVEN’T read the book. Okay, explains a lot. There is absolutely no government in the book (none at all, not anywhere), so your objection is non-sequitur.

    October 22, 2012
  642. The book does not rebut or comment on corporatism in the context you specified (which I would call crony capitalism), so an objection on those grounds would be non sequitur.

    So, for the second time…given that I am rebutting Corporatism (as defined by Webster’s), and I am arguing that lack of any government creates Corporatism (as defined by Webster’s), can you please explain where my premise is flawed.

    October 22, 2012
  643. Tony Smith said:

    If your book opposes corporatism, in the context I specified, then it does not rebut Rand at all, but rather concurs with her. Rand did not oppose government, she opposed the encroachment of government into the sovereign realm of the individual. She opposed any government where the rights, freedoms and creative force of the individual are subjugated to the will of the government. As Rand warned, “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” I think we have arrived.

    It is too much not too little government that leads to corporatism. Again turning to Rand, “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” If that is not an indictment of corporatism, I don’t know what is.

    October 22, 2012
  644. Okay. So what my book opposes is Corporatism, as defined by Websters. I concede that ALL LIBERTARIANS, Rand included, would oppose it at least as strongly. What the book argues is that, without at least some form of government, society would necessarily devolve into corporatism. So now, could you re-explain to me where my premise is flawed. Just trying to understand.

    October 22, 2012
  645. Tony Smith said:

    I understand. I should have specified the context. Solyndra and GM, in the present administration, and Halliburton and Bear-Sterns, in the former, are excellent examples of the kind of corporatism I am talking about.

    October 22, 2012
  646. Tony Smith said:

    Because corporatism, or corporate welfare, as it is most commonly called today, depends on governments to provide the subsidies, regulations, tariffs, spending, and protections that corporatists desire.

    October 22, 2012
  647. Why not? Why is government needed for corporatisim?

    October 21, 2012
  648. Tony Smith said:

    Nick, corporatism — what the Brits called mercantilism and what Lincoln, Clay and Webster euphemistically called “internal improvements” — cannot exist without government.

    October 20, 2012
  649. Just giving a little grief for the Romney Comments – I actually read the book and while I am a Capitalist and a corporatist – based purely off of being a Science Fiction Buff I give it good marks. Sometimes its just best to go with what it is a good book with a sound story and if you wrote it as an answer to Aynd then good luck. If it was just an idea then run with it. Stay out of the political arena with it as its to good to get caught up in the BS that is our Political system.

    October 20, 2012
  650. @Patrick: Well, I’m quoting Kirkus and Clarion. Specifically Clarion (the second largest industry reviewer) called it “A brilliant rebuttal to Atlas Shrugged”. Kirkus (the largest and most respected industry reviewer in the country) called it “Profound…scathing, ceaselessly engaging”. These reviews can be found online at the respective websites.

    In particular, I’m quoting the Kirkus review above. Please look it up (google it), and if I’ve quoted it out of context or inappropriately, let me know.

    Otherwise, come on. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a book where the author didn’t tout good reviews. You’re just being silly.

    October 20, 2012
  651. @Tony

    Well, I’m glad to be having a discussion with someone who’s read the book, thank you.

    I agree that every libertarian does, for the most part, oppose corporatism. I also concur that the distinction is rarely made in the book. It is, however made, and I think you’ll find that Kate concurs that the world as they have it is not what capitalists intended.

    The argument I make (especially towards the end) is that without government, capitalism must necessarily devolve into corporatism.

    October 20, 2012
  652. The fact that he has to tout it as a Rebuttal for Atlas Shrugged means it can’t stand on its own merits anyway!

    October 20, 2012
  653. Tony Smith said:

    I think your premise is flawed, Nick. Ayn Rand championed capitalism, not corporatism, and she was vehemently opposed to the idea that any entity, whether a government or a corporation, could own an individual and his labor. While I have not read your book, from the reviews and its synopsis I have read your book appears to oppose corporatism, as does virtually every libertarian I know . . . including this one.

    October 20, 2012
  654. Maggie Gatza said:

    I’m glad you’re getting such positive reviews, Nick!

    October 18, 2012
  655. Well if you missed the constitution , then missed A.S. completely as well, which makes you perfect to come up with a laughable idea to take her work apart. It hurts the liar because the truth is his deadly enemy, that once his customers find out about the scam, they would not bring law suits against this person . An objectivist ‘s first comitment is to the truth , the fact is that your theory is true for any social system from the federal gov. to your dentist’s promise to help you take care of your teeth : how about a cheating wife or husband think the truth is their friend…

    October 4, 2012
  656. Also I would like to note: Atlas Shrugged and this novel seem to warn us of the same thing. They warn us against the LOOTER and the MOOCHER. Government can take that form, and if so, then so, too, can Corporations. Government IS an important facet of Law and Order. Ayn Rand recognized this fact and was adamant about it (she praised the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and its principles). And for those debating her discrediting her philosophy through her actions… Yes, she did so. But what if you were in her shoes, wanting to be able to live how you hoped you could when you’re playing by the looter’s/moocher’s rules? It would have been better she died a martyr, but she didn’t really like that idea to begin with, unfortunately.

    September 27, 2012
  657. Objectivism aside… Isn’t it true in Christianity that the liar is hurt more than the victims? (This is coming from a Catholic).

    September 27, 2012
  658. First, we hire an author. Then we get him to write about the awful consequences of unbridled corporate growth and power maybe even having someone prosecuted for “stealing” an item that is traditionally free like maybe rainwater or sunshine. At this point I would like to leave it to the moderator.

    September 18, 2012
  659. @Stephen Well, I think you make a fair point. There are, I think, more people who-by hard work-have tremendous success, than people on my side of the argument give credit for.

    I think where you live informs your views on this. I come from Massachusetts. I know families where there’s no father, the mother holds down three jobs, and the son has a job, goes to school, and takes care of his baby sister, and I get offended (naturally) when people say that the reason they’re in trouble is because they’re not working hard enough.

    And much of my time is spend mingling with the 1%, a number of whom relied on welfare at one point or another in their lives (supporting each of our points. They, as you point out, were able to make it with hard work, but also couldn’t have made it without welfare).

    One of my best friends was born and raised in New Mexico. A reliable source, he tells me that 2/3 of the people he sees on welfare are abusing the system, have no interest on working. He knows people popping out babies just to get more money.

    My position on this tends to be closer to yours than you might think. I agree that too many people are gaming the system, and that a number don’t work hard and say “Hey, I want the American dream, why hasn’t someone given it to me?”, but I think a social safety net has benefited far too many people to abandon it.

    I would argue that the system needs to be improved. How would I do it….?

    I’ll post that in my next post in a few hours.

    September 18, 2012
  660. I guess I know too many Vietnamese who came here with nothing and are now very wealthy from their hard work work and sacrafice.

    September 18, 2012
  661. Thanks Doug. I would add, that the notion that anybody can pull themselves up from their bootstraps, and compete in any meaningful way against the beneficiaries of a privileged life, is simply a means by which those with power to justify tyranny against those without.

    September 18, 2012
  662. It’s called barriers to entry, Stephen, and it is the mantra of the corporatocracy.

    September 17, 2012
  663. Hmmmm, well I don’t know how her big fans will spin this, and believe me, I am on the edge of my seat to find out, but this seems quite hypocritical to me, and frankly an act that works to completely discredit everything she ever claimed to believe and promote in her works.

    September 16, 2012
  664. It appears to be. She required lung surgery, and was eventually unable to pay all of her medical bills. Her law firm asked her to go on Medicare and Social Security to avoid bankruptcy, which she ultimately did, collecting under the name Ann O’Connor (Her husband’s family name).

    September 16, 2012
  665. Is it true that Ms. Rand got sick in her later years and in order to receive adequate healthcare, she ended up using public assistance, based on paperwork she knowingly falsified? Just asking.

    September 15, 2012
  666. Bob Perry said:

    She’s been exploited just like most religions are. Look at Jesus. Whether he was real or not 90% of the Bible teachings are against what the MOST IMPORTANT DUDE in the Bible said. Jesus has been exploited by rich people too. In fact, they have so much money they have a little city that has countries rites. And they can protect pedophiles for centuries and cover it up and no one can do a damn thing about it.

    September 11, 2012
  667. Bob Perry said:

    But they don’t see it that way Lysa. That’s the point I think you’re missing. You see her as she wanted to be seen and I’m saying that people with bad intentions have used her and the semi-intellectual have backed them because they see her in a positive light also.

    September 11, 2012
  668. Bob Perry said:

    I understand your frustration Lysa. You have studied her and read all of her works. Especially if you have studied her in college. That really gives you deep emotions and a feeling of ownership. But I’ve heard that you can’t make a decent movie of her books, or at least, one’s never been made. Why she chose to right in fiction to express her philosophy makes me wonder about her intent. I know she was a screenwriter that had moderate success at best and had a play or two produced, but no hits. I still say that some Rich men saw her as an opportunity and exploited her. I don’t believe she ever realized it, of if she did, she never wrote about it, maybe out of embarrassment. They needed her ideals to take control IN REAL LIFE part of the American political field. What better way than to convince young men who thought they were intellectuals that she was the new Socrates. The rich didn’t make money directly off of her, but they have amassed Billions using her to convince half-wits like Paul Ryan. But theres been hundreds of politicians and worse that have had a belief in her. Greenspan being the worst person of all since he has affected the whole financial world and all he comes back with is, “I can’t believe that financial institutions would lie and cheat”. REALLY? What part of humanity did you miss while you had your head up Ayn’s ass?

    September 11, 2012
  669. Lysa Fisk said:

    p.s. the koch brothers & all the other corporate clowns? they are Randian VILLAINS.

    September 11, 2012
  670. Lysa Fisk said:

    i’m a hopeless Romantic. i just read Gardner’s Moral Fiction for seminar. glad i did. rand’s version, the romantic manifesto, was much better. but, i feel so much better about everything that we are going to be discussing Romance.

    September 11, 2012
  671. Lysa Fisk said:

    i wish people would stop admitting that they’ve never read ayn rand & then go on to discuss ayn rand as if they had when everything they say demonstrates that they haven’t.

    September 11, 2012
  672. Bob Perry said:

    I will admit that I’ve never read Ayn Rand. I’ve read books about her that praised her. I started to read her Playboy interview in around 1965, which they just recently republished for some reason. I will say I agree wholeheartedly with Bud Spence on this. I couldn’t finish the interview. When a philosophy has become a religion, and in my opinion her’s had by the 1960’s, it’s all bullshit. Her answers were bullshit and the questions never challenged her. Religion and Philosophy although put next to each other in book stores, are two separate things that shouldn’t cross over. At least they don’t for me.

    September 11, 2012
  673. Lysa Fisk said:

    she majored in history & philosophy, if memory serves. & she warned us about the specter of fascism creeping over this land… was she human & fallible & not always right? of course. & i would have to agree with the water thief on this… However, Alice Rosenbaum did have a rather rosy view of the american people. turns out we’re just as human as the russians were… just as likely to game the system & it doesn’t matter what the system is.

    September 11, 2012
  674. Lysa Fisk said:

    <--- avid reader of Ayn Rand. it looks to me like the water thief has actually read the stuff. & as a matter of fact... Alice Rosenbaum, aka Ayn Rand, was a russian jew. she was subject to the russian pograms against the jews which meant that she was persecuted for being a jew. her family owned a factory which they lost in the war. Alice Rosenbaum was from a middle class family & she went to the University before she fled russia. she had a classic liberal arts education from a russian university. she worked very hard. anyone who thinks writing a book of over 1000 pages in your second language is not WORK does not understand WORK at all & perhaps ought not to have a keyboard until he/she does the work of learning to actually find out about something before opening his/her mouth & showing his/her ignorance.

    September 11, 2012
  675. Dan Hébert said:

    “Objectivism” is a crock anyway, devised by some bourgeoisie Russian Jew who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never had to concern herself with something as mundane as, oh, working for a living.

    September 10, 2012
  676. @Colin – you are, yourself, pretty good at that “talking down” to somebody.

    September 7, 2012
  677. Bud Spence said:

    I agree that I spelled Ayn wrong and stated that things I’ve heard said about her made me form an opinion of her idea’s about how only people that agreed with her had any rights and screw the rest. These opinions may be based on someone else’s statements and totally wrong. That said, I find her repulsive, based on her interview with Charlie Rose and I didn’t listen for very long. It was enough to make me pass by anything that had her name attached to it. You still are an ass to trash me for my spelling skills, I don’t claim to be a scholar. I do know that Paul Ryan lied over and over, so based on what I’ve seen here, Paul Ryan is wrong. Wrong in her eyes and wrong for America. Also Ryan claims to be a “Christian” and based his life on her, an atheist. Based on that Paul Ryan is wrong in her eyes and is wrong for America.

    September 7, 2012
  678. — Chris: She said harsh things about her critics, but it was all true in her world, and I never saw her be mean spirited about it or say things out of spite. I’ve never seen her mock people (if she did, I’d love to see an example of it), or use sarcasm to make a point (“Who the hell is Ian Rand”). I hope I’m not wrong, I’d loose a lot of respect for her if I am.

    September 6, 2012
  679. — Terry…. I would probably agree with you, but in a roundabout way. Rand may have been a psychopath (incapable of remorse or guilt), I don’t know– I don’t think she was psychotic. But her first principal what that there was no god. Her second was that you should never, ever (EVER), lie, cheat, steal or take advantage of anyone – ever. That covers most of the 10 commandments (murder is both theft and taking advantage). I think anyone who believes those central tenants (as I believe Rand did) must be called a moral person. But she felt those rules shouldn’t be violated because they damaged the self. My problem is that, for Objectivism to work, the vast majority of people must agree that that lying, cheating, and stealing is worse for the aggressor than the victim. But with the human ability to rationalize, I’ve never seen any evidence that vast majority believe that (I don’t think that even half the population believes that). Indeed, even Daggny Tagget in Atlas Shrugged commits murder (though an attempt is made to rationalize it, it’s clearly murder). If you can’t get the vast majority of people to accept that all lying is reflected back on the liar worse than on the victim, Objectivism becomes EXACTLY what you call it — fascism. In that respect Ayn Rand is identical to Karl Marx. Their theories looks GREAT on paper, but are catastrophic in real life because they rest on the false assumption that the majority of people won’t take advantage of the system.

    September 6, 2012
  680. Sorry you misstated the question. The answer still applies. I won’t mock you for misspelling Objectivist. Rand “mocked” wrongheaded thinking and people in the harshest terms, both in person and in her writing. People who see “pernicious evil” in her writing see it only because that’s what they are looking for, a closer definition of “psychotic,” Terry.

    September 6, 2012
  681. — Michael…. Thanks for the clip… Man, it SUCKS that they couldn’t get the actors from the first movie back. 🙁

    September 6, 2012
  682. – Colin: You seem to suggest that it’s a binary state, that we either have absolute freedom or tyranny. Is it realy that black and white? No shades of grey?

    September 6, 2012
  683. I ask, because even against her harshest critics, Ayn Rand never mocked them, tried to humiliate them, or used sarcasm. She never got emotional, just used reason.

    September 6, 2012
  684. — Chris, you are correct. What I meant to say was not “misspelling”, but for “misspells”. So on what Objectiveist, Randian principal of engaging in the process of reasoning are you relying when slamming someone for who misspells Ayn Rand or suggesting that they don’t read?

    September 6, 2012
  685. Terry Baker said:

    Fascists are indifferent as to means, and they generally don’t care about the victims of their governance and power. There’s a lot of common ground with this inside so called “Objectivism.” AS for the idea of people being in effect moral or amoral gods in their own little universe, this has a lot of appeal for some undeveloped minds. Rand, it turns out, was a rather ordinary psychotic. Her philosophic rambling pernicious and dripping with evil. Those supporting her ideas range from deluded to very much actively evil themselves. I can’t imagine any society much based on Rand’s distortions of reality that would be anything but a tyranny.

    September 6, 2012
  686. Look carefully and you’ll notice he got it wrong twice. That’s NOT a mispelling, that’s not knowing who or what the hell you’re talking about. Defend that if you think he agrees with you for the right reasons, not simply because he agrees with you. Phyllis, if you didn’t understand it at 17, that’s defenseable. It’s time to grow up, my dear.

    September 6, 2012
  687. Mr. Campbell… Ayn Rand treasured, above all other things, reason. The act of reasoning, of thinking for yourself. Tell me, on what Objectiveist, Randian principal of engaging in the process of reasoning are you relying when slamming someone for misspelling Ayn Rand or suggesting that they don’t read?

    September 6, 2012
  688. I read “Altas Shrugged” as a 17 year old. It didn’t make an impression on me. Many other books have over the years. Chris Campbell, please try not to make an ass of yourself while you are using my name……………….

    September 6, 2012
  689. Damn, Bud, you obviously haven’t even read any of Rand’s works, if you read at all. And who the hell is Ian Rand?

    September 6, 2012
  690. Bud Spence said:

    Thank you for having to patience to explain these things to an old fart like me. Ian Rand is a sick person, if that is not “over reaching” to call her a person. I wish more folks new what she taught fools like Paul Ryan, as it might open their eyes to the dangers of voting for these guys, before it is too late.

    September 5, 2012
  691. OTFL – On The Floor Laughing… As in, “That was really funny!”

    September 5, 2012
  692. Bud Spence said:

    I guess OTFL is the new secret?

    September 5, 2012
  693. Bud Spence said:

    I give up, what does OTFL mean?

    September 5, 2012
  694. Bud Spence said:

    Screw Ian Rand! And not in a sexual way… Ug!!

    September 4, 2012
  695. Mike Ohfive said:

    In the middle of this book and enthralled. Great book so far!

    September 4, 2012
  696. Heidi Hanson said:

    Read it, liked it very much.

    September 4, 2012
  697. You have a booboo on your site – the Twitter link is malformed. (I’m not an admirer of your project but I’m interested in all things Rand.)

    September 4, 2012
  698. Ian – Why did you not put together a group and get a loan and purchase the publishing company? Why is it somebody’s else responsibility to provide you a job?

    August 29, 2012
  699. Vote for Romney and keep me rich and untaxed.

    August 24, 2012
  700. I love the whole idea of stealing water from Ayn Rand!

    August 20, 2012
  701. Philip Boddy said:

    Well, it also sounds like Bechtel in Bolivia with Rummy… The flick, Quantum of Solace, came close to hitting it on the nose.

    August 16, 2012
  702. Philip Boddy said:

    Has the makings of a Matt Damon and George Clooney movie!

    August 16, 2012
  703. Ian Brewer said:

    Your book sounds great, just what’s needed. I’m unemployed and broke right now (a private equity corporation bought out the publishing company I worked for and sent my job to the Philippines), but when I have the money, it will be on top of my list. Best of luck to you.

    BTW, if you ever need a book designer, I’m available. 🙂

    August 13, 2012
  704. Maggie Gatza said:

    I’m so excited for you and your success!

    July 18, 2012

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