I did not appreciate the tendency of the author to belittle any and all that schools of thought that disagree with him. This tendency subtracts from the arguments being presented and weakens his case. If the author truly believed his ideas superior then such tactics wouldn't be necessary.
It's amazing how relevant this decades old text still is today. The simplicity of Hazlitt's thesis and its potential impact on the economy of our country is why I suggest this should be required reading for every single school child before receiving a diploma. This book contains something for everyone to chew on regardless of your level of understanding of basic economics. It is also a blunt reminder of how rational thought has succumbed to political interests.
Easy to follow reasoning highlighting the hidden consequences of economic intervention. Highly recommended...especially to Janet Yellen and all elected officials
Very eye opening. The insights written about so long ago are still so true yet we continue down the same slippery slope.
I was extremely surprised at the Knowledge and Insight that was put forth in this book in such an elementary and concise manner. The lack of the United States "Government", "World Governments", in failure to learn from not only local but internationally documented historical consequences to the results of taking excess from "workers", to pay/compensate "non-workers", thereby creating an increase of a [unwilling/unwittingly] government dependent people. Done: to be able to control these peoples!! This book should be taught on every street corner and field...
This book was last published in 1978, but the information it contains is still spot on in 2015. I wish all people and politicians would read it, understand it, and apply it.
The book was easy to read and follow along with. The book's content was very intellectually enlightening and contains necessary information for anyone who is just starting to learn about economics.
Economic concepts are well illustrated by easy-to-understand examples.
Jeff Riggenbach's reading of this book was well done. His tone enhances the reader's ability to interpret the information in the book.
The United States' economics policies have, for the most part, only hurt the economy.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who handles any amount of money!
I mistakenly thought this was a basic textbook on economic theory - a good starting place or refresher. But it's not. Instead, it's a series of of arguments in favor of post-WWII conservative economic policies. It doesn't start with "what is economics" like a real course, but dives right into critiques of high taxes, big government, etc. It makes some good points, but it's so one-sided that it seems untrustworthy. Also, it's from the mid-1940's, and some of the proposals are obsolete. If the author had limited himself to teaching basic economic theory, the book would have aged better, but since he's arguing for specific doctrines, it's out of date. If you're very conservative, you might like hearing these arguments for what you already believe. If you're looking for an even-handed objective book on economic theory, I don't recommend this.