(PRWEB) September 20, 2012
The ebook revolution has made it possible to distribute short stories at little cost to publisher, author, or reader. Author Anthony Horvath has released a collection of three stories that range across various topics, but one of them is particularly timely, as it is set against the backdrop of nationalized health care. The short story collection, "Polite Company and Other Short Stories" is available on Kindle and other online ebook retailers such as Barnes and Noble's Nook and elsewhere.
The three short stories in the anthology are "Polite Company", "Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge", and "Bring on the Brave World."
"Bring on the Brave World" is presently being expanded by Horvath into a novella at the author website Bard and Book.
Horvath says that despite all three stories being written in different time periods of his life with different experiences serving as inspiration, all three share in common a twist on some prevailing sentiment. A case in point is "Polite Company", which was written without Obamacare in mind, but nonetheless takes a jab at the philosophy driving nationalized health care.
"The classic joke against communism was summed up in the phrase 'some people are more equal than others.' Whatever good intentions might drive communists and socialists, the real world, and the real nature of humans, cannot be suppressed," Horvath says.
Horvath says, "People will call in favors, people will use wealth to find an advantage, people will exploit their unique positions of power and influence. Every time you create a new layer of oversight, you create a new group of people in a position to put pressure on the levers of power in a self-serving fashion. Eventually, you have so many layers that the existence of all the layers serves as a way to conceal self-interest."
The solution is not, Horvath says, to try to legislate self-interest, or 'take the money out of health care,' but to strip away all the levers of power so that people can have an equal opportunity to do what they were going to do anyway, but out in the open. "People were always going to act in their own interests. That's good, because they know their own interests better than a bureaucrat ever will. Instead of criminalizing it, we should put it out in the open and let the market sort everything out."
Horvath is also the author of the Birth Pangs series, which is two books into a seven book series. The third book is expected out in 2013.