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There are only two ways that humans work together: They cooperate with one another or they coerce one another. And once you realize this fundamental fact, it will change how you see the world.

In this myth-busting book, Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan display their wisdom and talent for explaining complex topics; these skills have attracted a devoted audience to their weekly podcast, Words & Numbers, and made them popular speakers around the country.

By looking for cooperation and coercion in everyday life, they help make sense of a wide range of issues that dominate the public debate. You'll come away from this book with a clear understanding of everything from the minimum wage to taxes, from gun control to government regulations, from the War on Terror to the War on Drugs to the War on Poverty.

It turns out that coercion is necessary...sometimes. Even in a democracy, we all abide by rules, including plenty that we don’t agree with, in the name of getting along.

But in the end, Davies and Harrigan show that cooperation, without question, is the key to human happiness and progress. The more we encourage it, the better off we all are.

©2020 Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Economic and political analysis minus the vitriol

A regular listener of James and Antony on Words & Numbers. This plays out like an extended version of the podcast, but is great to have on hand as a reference. Not necessarily as a "gotcha" for when talking politics with your enemies, but as a chance to show your friends not only what the data is on certain issues (ie minimum wage), but also what the data means when interpreted appropriately, and the societal and governmental history that got us there in the first place. The great thing the authors demonstrate is that we don't need masters degrees in economics or political science to think about government policy.

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Should be Required Reading

If everyone in the USA understood the concepts in this book, we could spend a LOT less time arguing.

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Great book!

Nice dive into the perils of asking government to do everything for us, versus figuring out how to do things together.

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Excellent food for thought.

I highly recommend this book. It provides a reasoned look at the size and scope of government, the impact of policies and why they may sound good, but in reality they do not produce the expected results. The information is presented in a straight forward manner and does not require mental gymnastics to understand. I recommend it for all ages, but especially young people between 15 and 25.