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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth-production factors such as geography, demography, and culture. Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state.

Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others, Sowell draws on empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe. Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

©2015 Thomas Sowell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Important Contribution

The author brings clarity and common sense to questions of importance. If you are interested in the many reasons for social progress, prosperity, inequality and the success or failure of government programs, read this book.

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A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

Common Sense. It is a term so reflexively invoked that its true meaning has been diluted and its significance misplaced. But it is with this foundational component that Dr. Sowell concocts all of his brilliant analyses of economic conundrums, many of which are truly not as complex as they have been made out to be.

Wielding the power of Occam's Razor, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics is the latest in this long stream of impactful contributions from Sowell. He is my favorite economist, though if you happen to find yourself deeply embedded within the throes of the intelleligentsia, he could very easily become your least favorite after his crystal-clear interpretations of statistical quagmires effectively shatters everything you thought you knew about current affairs.

Proceed with caution and excitement. Highly Recommended.

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  • 10-06-15

Liberals may not like but they should read

This is a great explanation of how affirmative action not based on productivity, causes more hindrance than help.

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Assists in understanding modern cultural movements

This book uses an information based argument to better understand the driving forces of cultural movements of 2015. The book spends time showing similar movements causes and effects on a global scale.

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Must read, facts & analysis vs hyperbole & myths

Great book must read. Gives perspective to conditions today. Provides facts and analysis to support counter arguments to many fallacies circulating in popular culture, politicians, and the media.

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Thomas Sowell what else one need to know?

brilliant. while a lot of it already covered in his other books, such as culture and conquest, this book is still amazing. I can't recommend it enough and should be required reading.

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Great insight on the global economy

Where does Wealth, Poverty, and Politics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the top books I've listened to so far... the facts help an individual approach situations on a new level.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction, but the book really did make me think of how every situation has two sides to it.

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Must listen, read, and recommend others to.

If you find yourself getting into political debates with complete idiots and you yourself running low on evidence to back your claims, you would benefit tremendously to listen, read and recommend this iconic work. Anything Sowell writes is likely to enlighten. History doesn't produce many like him. It punches demagoguery and media bias in the gut and it will arm you with the facts about wealth, poverty and politics.

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Excellent international look

Great insight into the cultural and economic perspective of the various international cultures.... liberals need to read a book like this!

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A must read for would-be SJWs

This book opened my eyes to the economic and political forces at work in the public square today. I realized to what extent the economic disparities, the "1%", and even Bernie Sanders are just the latest incarnation of a human drama as old as time. I highly recommend this incredibly well-documented book. Arm yourself with the facts.

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  • 02-27-17

Excellent paradigm shifting information

Thomas Sowell presents an alternative perspective on economics than what you'll hear from much of the main stream media. It will challenge your assumptions.