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Author Phillip Hathaway envisions a nation operating efficiently without war or taxes.
– The Republic of Sovereign States, the fictional country in Hathaway’s novel, was once a free nation of sovereign states. Tragically, it was pushed into a civil war when some of the states tried to exercise their constitutional rights to secede from the union. Those who pushed them into war flooded the media with propaganda that fighting a war to keep the nation together is a just cause.
“But their true intent,” says Hathaway, ”was to centralize the government thereby taking away state sovereignty and, ultimately, individual free will. Then a dictator was placed in charge and everyone’s movements were tracked with biometric technology.”
Shockingly, it’s not too dissimilar from the United States where The Real ID Act of 2005 would enable government officials to use Biometric Tracking to monitor our every move anywhere on the globe. They could track our trips to the grocery store or when we go for a walk, too. The current administration and the chief of homeland security are pushing for this bill and Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) introduced the Pass ID Act in July of 2009 which is a slightly adjusted version of the Real ID Act.
Hathaway addresses several other issues in his short novella that cause healthy debate in the United States. When asked why he uses fiction to stimulate change, he said, “In Les Miserables
Victor Hugo effected social change to the sometimes heartless legal system of France where he introduced the idea of mercy. If he had made an appeal to the courts, I doubt that he would have been nearly as successful. Yet, a good story can cause social change simply because people enjoy a good story and because it appeals to both liberals and conservatives. Gustave Flaubert was another writer who championed social change by causing awareness of the destructive nature of materialism with his Madame Bovary
; and, of course, there is the enormously influential Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand.”
Hathaway’s fictional country, the Republic of Sovereign States, has hundreds of illegal military bases around the world. It, therefore, needs a huge central taxing agency to take income tax from everyone’s paycheck. The protagonist of the novella proposes closing all those unconstitutional military bases as well as stopping other unconstitutional spending. All the necessary revenue is generated through import taxes and similar taxation. So, the citizens are free from that crushing national tax burden.
We asked him if he thought the same thing could happen in in this country. “Yes, of course. We simply need to stop all the illegal spending, which is, by the way, just about all of our spending; this would be accomplished by simply operating our government under the auspices of the Constitution. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to align the value of the dollar with the value of gold, as well.”
Hathaway’s ideas are unique but more and more people are beginning to feel they make sense.
The Romantic Struggle
(Hardcastle ISBN 978-0-9796844-6-3) is available now at Amazon.com
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Heated national debate linked to controversial book.
A book of short stories and novellas titled, The Romantic Struggle, is brimming with provocative social commentary that is causing debate.
– There are ten short stories and two short novellas in Phillip Hathaway’s new book. It is, however, the title story, The Romantic Struggle
, that is getting all the attention.
The story takes place in the fictional Republic of Sovereign States where the government uses Biometric Tracking to monitor the people’s every move – just like the Pass ID Act which the White House is pushing. If that weren’t enough, same race marriage is forbidden with the convoluted logic that this is a way to celebrate diversity. But in so doing the state is actually eliminating diversity, particularly diverse thinking.
Yet there remains hope. A poet soldier, named Justin, leads a rebellion against the occupying rogue government. Justin’s real character is revealed when, in a dream, he asks Helen, his true love to, “teach our son to always love. To never hate. To always tell the truth. To serve others in humility. To never incite violence. To take the sword as the very, very last resort and only when survival is at stake. Yet, to wield it with cold bravery. These are the ways of the true aristocrat.”
Justin is either rallying his followers, leading them into battle or writing poems about his struggle. It is, however, his amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Sovereign States that is garnering much of the attention and debate. One of the most poignant ideas in its constitution is allowing all political matters to be handled by the individual sovereign states – an idea that would give more sovereignty to the individual and just might work in real life.
I won’t reveal how things turn out for Justin. But after you read this unique, short novella, there are several other stories to enjoy that have nothing to do with politics.
“Miss Ann Thrope” – a clever play on the word misanthrope
– is fun and especially well developed. “Tempest of the Aquitania” is a murder mystery suspense thriller that keeps you guessing until the very last sentences. “Ian Andersen” and "The Sarcophagus Heart” is a story of a young man’s passionate fight for love and his place in the world that all takes place in 1816 England. “Theocidal Tendencies” is a science fiction story that may cause Ray Bradbury some envy. And there is the story described by the author as possibly his favorite: “The Dream of Christopher Perkins”.
So, should you enjoy a good story, you will not go wrong with Hathaway’s new book.
The Romantic Struggle
(Hardcastle Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9796844-6-3) is available now at Amazon.com