Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

An International Perspective
Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
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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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By Steven Schardein on 10-02-15

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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By Doug on 09-16-15

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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By Leo on 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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By Tim on 11-09-15

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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By Adam on 11-27-15

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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By Chrobry on 11-13-15

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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By Jefferson on 10-21-15

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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By Theo Rose on 09-28-17

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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By H.H. on 05-29-16

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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By Kansas Pilgrim on 05-05-20

For Dem Plantation and Escapees

Great book that explains the geographic, social, and political differences in the development of cultures, and why some are more advanced than others. Thomas also dismantles social darwinianism and eugenics, while confidently and unabashedly pointing out the advantages of Western culture. This book is NOT for those on the frays of of the Left/Right (Environmental/Genetic predeterministic) spectrum: i.e. for those afraid to challenge their PC preconceptions or for racists seeking junk science.

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By Amazon Customer on 03-21-20

Lots of evidence that disproves common beliefs

Easy listening, and quite quick as well. Accessible language and everyday examples. Another great book by Thomas Sowell

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By beard on 01-13-19

another great piece by Sowell

very enjoyable book. admittedly one or two anecdotes where in other works of his but it really proves his pints very well.
definitely recommended.

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By Jas Singh on 10-18-18

Thomas Sowell dropping bombs

Never before have I had my world view expanded by any book than this one. Forget what you think you know about people and how they've acted in the past or why and how wealth is created by people and ideas this is the book of all books.

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By Sitiveni on 11-05-19

Brilliant

I am a huge fan of Thomas Sowell. All of his writings are just brilliant. This book certainly challenges the readers views on topics from economics, to welfare, immigration, racial issues etc.

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By Anonymous User on 08-31-18

Informative and shocking

I really loved how many preconceptions were just swiftly invalidated, or heavily deconstructed to the point of annihilation. This book is great for those who wish to gain some insight and analytical perspective.

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By Akos on 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.

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