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by Nicki Fellenzer
KABA Newslinks Director

November 17, 2003

Imagine an ideal society.

Not a socialist utopia described by collectivist dreamers, where every person is bound to everyone else by political obligation, guilt or government force, but a paradise where every individual is bound by honor to live free, achieve and rise to the pinnacle of his or her ability.

Imagine a world with unfettered religious freedom, where no faith is outlawed and no belief is condemned.

It’s a world where government’s only purpose is to protect the populace from outside aggression and manage courts of law.

It’s a society where one is free to be armed -- or not -- whenever one wants, without fear of government reprisal, without feeling feared, discriminated against and vilified by an uninformed general public and a government controlled media.  It’s a place where you carry your weapon in the open to assert your rights, and where those who rule do not fear an armed populace.

A world where human beings are free to live, love, achieve and succeed without state intervention, licensing or tracking.

If you believe the true potential of human beings can only emerge in a completely free society – a society without government control of individual behavior, government sanctioned “morality” and government appropriation of earnings by force – Freehold, by Michael Z. Williamson will have you yearning for change more than you ever did before. 

It will reinforce – maybe even redefine – what you view as human existence. 

But political and social philosophy aside… Freehold’s appeal is also its fast-paced action and thrilling military intrigue and suspense.  For the science fiction fan, futuristic military toys and powerful hardware paint a picture of the future that’s both sleek and impressive.   

Kendra Pacelli, is a Sergeant in the UNPF (United Nations Peacekeeping Forces).  The world on Earth is just what you would expect from a future spawned out of the actions of political leaders today – a subhuman hell, where every human step is sanitized, equalized and regulated by the government – the United Nations. 

Framed for theft of military equipment by corrupt UNPF commanders, Kendra, feeling she has no other choice, stages a daring breach of the embassy of the Freehold of Grainne – a colony that not only refused to join the UN, but rejected most of the common standards of ship registry, public health, public standards, and even reciprocity of laws.   

With the UN’s guidance and control, the media paints Kendra as a thief and a fugitive, further reinforcing Kendra’s determination to relocate to the only planet that will not extradite her to be tried in the UN’s kangaroo courts and ultimately punished for a crime she didn’t commit.   

The world she finds on Grainne is a stark contrast to Earth, and as Kendra adjusts to her new home and its unfettered, unforgiving freedom, she realizes that the life she led on earth – shackled, enslaved and controlled by the UN was merely existence.  What she finds in her new home is life – free, merciless, human life. 

Human beings aren’t registered and tracked.   

There is no mandatory formal, government controlled education or licensing for any career. 

Gun control doesn’t exist.  The Freehold citizens wear their arms in the open – not only to defend themselves, but to assert their rights.  Anyone can purchase a firearm from a street vendor, if they so desire.  No background checks, no licensing, nothing to impede a legitimate purchase.  Period. 

The free market dictates what businesses succeed and what enterprises fail.

Government officials are not elected by a barely informed, disinterested and disgruntled majority, seeking to gain as much largesse at others’ expense as possible.  They give up the majority of their possessions, and subsist on a small stipend for the privilege of “ruling.” 

People are free to do as they wish, as long as they do not infringe on others’ rights to do the same.  There is no appropriation of assets through taxes and no government sanctioned slavery or subsistence at others’ expense. 

Kendra’s initial reaction is panic – panic at the lack of regulation that the UN-controlled system has forced her to accept as necessary for the common good, panic at the free and unrestricted access to guns and military hardware, panic at the lack of sexual inhibition or any regulation of “morality.” 

The quality of life, unfettered and unregulated, allows Kendra for the first time to discover who she is, what she’s capable of and to develop a sense of pride in being a human being, determined, confident and responsible for her own life and her own destiny;  she’s free to earn, explore, achieve and succeed,  instead of living like government controlled cattle. 

But oppressive regimes are rarely satisfied with what they have.  Their leaders become addicted to power and hungry for more, swallowing every society in their wake.  And now the UN is coming for the Freehold, forcing the ultimate battle between tyranny and freedom – between oppression and liberty. 

Mike Williamson’s exuberant personality and sharp wit come through with every word he writes.  He yearns for a Freehold with every page.  He craves a Freehold with every paragraph.  He thirsts for the liberty of a society that allows human beings to be their candid, bold and shameless selves – free to achieve as much as they are able without interference from those who seek power over others.  He unabashedly describes the good, the bad and the ugly in an absolutely free world.  He doesn’t whitewash his heroes or his villains, but portrays them as emotional, fallible and flagrantly human. 

Freehold will be available in stores January 1, 2004, and you can preorder it from 

The first fourteen chapters are also available on the publisher’s website, and if you enjoy Mr. Williamson’s work on and want an early copy, you can contact him directly and get it signed by the author just in time for the holidays.


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The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. — Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646

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