This book is a wonderful introduction to Economics for those (like myself) unfamiliar with the field. The author clearly and logically illustrates economic principles by examining what he takes to be the major economic fallacy of modern times: That all public spending and intervention is only good, and has no secondary consequences.
Mr. Hazlett sets out his one lesson in the first 20 minutes, and then uses the rest of his effort to illustrate using easily understood examples and actual scenarios. This contact with reality is refreshing for those wearied by the large amount of theoretical illustrations employed by other economists.
Although his views will be out of favour with many North Americans and their increasing devotion to government spending & protectionism, Hazlett presents a surprisingly balanced case for his one lesson.
As the examples unfold, we are reminded that unions are NOT always bad, government spending is NOT always bad, we DO need to consider those who have lost work due to large scale shifts in the workplace due to technology.
The one lesson comes back to it's origin: There are consequences to our actions.
We are encouraged to consider those consequences, think first, and then act. This is a bad thing?
all scenes involving missionaries
The missionaries in this book are completely foreign to any real missionaries I have known. Those portrayed in this book are the sort that Christopher Dawkins would like to debate because they would be so two-dimansional and easy to overcome.
This book was awarded the Prometheus "Best Novel" of 1983
some marginally sympathetic characters
Got this as a deal-of-the-day. Finished it because the main mystery was intriguing, but the protagonist and most of the other characters were dislikable to loathsome. Some threads were left unresolved, but I would not listen to another book in this series even if it was free. Fans of George R.R. Martin might like this series, but I did not.
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