Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
This is for the serious philosopher only. It is very well thought out but not for the feint of heart. Whether you are a conservative or liberal it is worth looking at the assumptions behind your political leanings. This is a well explained treatise on why people at opposite ends of the political spectrum think the opposite side is crazy. It turns we do not mean the same things by the same words. Not the kind of thing one would recommend to the type of person who follows Paris Hilton’s every move. This book is to political / philosophical thinking what Steven’s Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is to physics.
I am one of those people who seldom read current political stuff. The vitriolic nature of most current political commentary is more than I can take.
This book is different. Not an attack on any one person but what our system has become. If nothing else he asks all the questions we should ask ourselves. Ron Paul will challenge your political comfort zone no matter where it is.
It is often said that Ron Paul is a radical. I would agree. So were Washington, Jefferson, Franklin... Now that the Presidential "show" is over do yourself a favor and read something with some meat. I do not agree on every issue but I admit his views are well thought out. You will probably even learn some history along the way, not a bad thing.
I would like to think that a man like this could be elected president some day. After witnessing the Campaign of 08 I no longer think a decent, intelligent, thinking man like Ron Paul has a snowball's chance in hell.
I you liked Basic economics you should also like this book. More of the simple concise explanations of the economics behind what is going on in the world today. The discussion of the health care system alone makes this book worth reading. In my opinion Sowell is probably one of the greatest minds of the late 20th century.