The 19 essays in this book, selected from over two decades of Roy Childs´ thought, present both the range of his interests and the core of his philosophy. Some are well-known; some are published here for the first time. Here are newspaper columns, pieces of investigative journalism, scholarly discussions, reviews of books and music, and even a lecture. All express the love of liberty that was Roy Child´s most distinguishing characteristic. The lead article is the book´s title essay, setting the philosophical tone for not only this volume, but Roy´s life. Over the last century, he observes, "we have seen a massive growth in state power at the expense of what Albert Jay Nock called ´social power´." To what result? "Honesty calls upon us to proclaim that power is everywhere impotent in the face" of today´s problems. And that he does eloquently and often.