Category Archives: books and book reviews

Human Interaction

Whereas reason is commonly viewed as a superior means to think better on one’s own, we argue that it is mainly used in our interactions with others. We produce reasons in order to justify our thoughts and actions to others … Continue reading

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A kind review of my book

From an Amazon reader, the second edition is much better than the first. It’s nearly three times as long (146 pages vs the original edition’s 54), and more importantly gets the ideas across better. And that’s important because this is … Continue reading

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Bank Lending and Non-bank Lending

Daniel Nevins, in Economics for Independent Thinkers, a book I mentioned the other day, thinks of non-bank lending as coming from savings and bank lending as created by fiat. I do not think in those terms. Think of an economy … Continue reading

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Tyler Cowen and Russ Roberts

Self-recommending. As usual, Russ does not just throw softballs at the guest, so you get more interesting at-bats. For example, [Russ]: I don’t sense the distinction between a less dynamic, more stable economy and a complacent one. So, tease that … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading

Two books that attack conventional economic modeling, especially in light of the financial crisis. I have a preview copy of Economics for Independent Thinkers, by Daniel Nevins. I have a review copy of The End of Theory, by Richard Bookstaber. … Continue reading

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Arguments for Liberty

That is the title of a new and recommended book. From my review: Arguments would make an excellent book of supplemental readings for a course in political philosophy. Such a course could use another supplement, consisting of readings of philosophers … Continue reading

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If I were an editor

I would be very hard on a lot of manuscripts. As a result, fewer published books would fail to meet my standards. By the same token, a lot of authors would be really frustrated, and they would give up trying … Continue reading

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Re-reading Bobos in Paradise

On p. 47, there is this: For one reason or another the following people and institutions fall outside the ranks of Bobo respectability: Donald Trump, Pat Robertson, Louis Farrakhan, Bob Guccione, Wayne Newton, Nancy Reagan, Adnan Khashoggi, Jesse Helms, Jerry … Continue reading

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Seaweeding

Seasteading is a new book by Joe Quirk, with Patri Friedman. I cannot resist calling it quirky. If you are expecting the book to consist mostly of wacko libertarian ideas, you are wrong. It consists mostly of wacko environmentalist ideas. … Continue reading

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Best Book of the Year?

Kevin Laland’s Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony is sure to make my top five and the early favorite to make number one. It got a mention from Tyler Cowen and a brief review from Robin Hanson. I would be curious to know … Continue reading

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