This highly political novel tells the story of the 22nd century, when the governments of the world have collapsed under the weight of their own inherent flaws (one must note that this book is considered one of the Bibles of the Libertarian movement).
In the place of most of what used to be the United States of America is a free-wheeling laissez-faire anarcho-capitalistic society known as the Syndic. Sprung from the Mafia of the past, the Syndic practices a hands-off approach to statehood, letting the wheels of free enterprise (and that includes activities formerly regarded as criminal) run unimpeded by petty laws.
Enter Charles Orsino, a gallant young lower-echelon mobster, who is destined to play a greater role in the future of the Syndic than he had expected. Throughout the novel, we follow Charles on an odyssey-like journey through many dangers - and along the way, we are treated to expositions on anarcho-capitalist political philosophy. This may sound somewhat boring, but Kornbluth is a good author, and he manages to pull it off.
Original title: The Syndic
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political