It's a cool story. The only problem is: it's pro-government, not pro-freedom. Barry sees government as the good guys, corporations as the bad guys. Kinda dumb that he doesn't understand that the government's grant of limited liability to corporations is what allows them to behave irresponsibly and get away with it.
Another book based on a similar social vision is C.M. Kornbluth's The Syndic It tells the story what happens after the government & financial systems have collapsed under the weight of their own bureaucracy. The Syndicate supplies liquor, gambling, women, loans, employment and its own justice -- in other words, everything the public needs, at prices everyone can afford. It's the best of all possible worlds -- until the bad old US Government begins to re-emerge. The characters aren't as well drawn as Barry's, but it's much more libertarian. Written back in 1953, but still a fun read.
Cory Doctorow's Little Brother is absolutely excellent -- I read it too late to put in my top ten, but it belongs there.
Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose
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