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  • The Privatization of Roads and Highways

  • Human and Economic Factors
  • By: Walter Block
  • Narrated by: Jim Vann
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

The Mises Institute is pleased to introduce Walter Block's remarkable new treatise on private roads that'll cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It's bold, innovative, radical, and compelling and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to see the failures of the state and see the alternative that's consistent with human liberty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but repetitive and poorly edited

  • By Alessio on 10-14-16

Great book but repetitive and poorly edited

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-16

The points made in this book are great, but the audio editing is a disaster.

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  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

  • By: Ha-Joon Chang
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but complicated

  • By Christopher Deaton on 05-03-16

This Ignoramus Should Read, Not Write, Books

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-15

What would have made 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism better?

The author should learn something about what he is going to criticize before he sets about criticizing it. But then, if he did, he wouldn't have written the book at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ha-Joon Chang again?

No.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the wealth created by the rich person got magically "redistributed up" from the poor person that didn't create it, to the rich person that did. It was confusing, but hilarious!

What character would you cut from 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism?

Ha-Joon Chang.

Any additional comments?

He does make a few good points, such as how certain political factors are incorporated into, and shape, markets, without free-market proponents noticing (in chapter 1). On the other hand, he proves practically none of his assertions, and most of his arguments "against" capitalism are based on his own misunderstandings of free-market arguments, i.e., straw-man arguments. As an avid free-marketer myself, I welcome *valid* opposing viewpoints. This book does not supply that.

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