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Capitalism with Morality Paperback – December 19, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0198292067 ISBN-10: 0198292066 Edition: 1st
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"Significant and timely...deserves serious consideration by the widest audience....Provides concrete directions for those concerned with the general welfare of the US."--Choice


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D. W. Haslett is at University of Delaware, Newark.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198292066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198292067
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Ebeling on December 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very in-depth and detailed economic as well as philosophical analysis that incorporates morality as a means of justification. Perhaps to difficult for drr8066 to understand, the book is highly detailed and informative. With strong ideas of reformed capitalism, the author well supports his argument. He speaks to various facets and ideals of society including liberty, opportunity, and employment. As a college student, I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from this intellectually stimulating composition. I strongly recommend it!
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Still one of the best critiques of political libertarianism around (libertarians reviewers of course diss the book but do not address its arguments). Haslett anticipates in this work many of the arguments developed more recently on the basis of public goods theory, collective action problems, and other market failures which show the limits of what free markets can deliver. But beyond these economic insights, it offers a sophisticated response to Nozick in terms of an indirect utilitarian conception of rights. I'm more of a Kantian, but I would compare this account with Brad Hooker's; it is sophisticated and careful philosophical work. Moreover, Haslett anticipates arguments in terms of social capital as well. Yet Haslett is no socialist; he also offers trenchant critiques of central social planning. This book should be reprinted with a new intro by the retired author (who I have never met, for the record).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheVileViolentViolet on May 29, 2014
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Wow did your parents mess you up D.W., limit inheritance to 100K?

I wasn't born with "Buffet Money" but I have an "EQUAL OPPORTUNITY". More needs to be done about things like limiting a group of people from taking "part" of a company public, then with their stock control, assigning a board that dilutes the stock by stealing it back through stock grants to themselves.

Seriously, it is AMERICA, feel free to leave all of your money to our wonderfully MORAL government upon your death. As for me, I will leave it to those I think will make the world a better place. And that may just include my children that I raised to have moral values.

I have an idea for your next stupid book...

I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for my whole life... whoa is me, NOT FAIR! I have an idea!!!! Why not make every one give all of their organs to donor programs upon death? That would have given me an equal opportunity to live a fair life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Chugh on August 26, 2014
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This guy is an idiot- he thinks that inheritance should be limited. What about the person giving away the money? You would actually be stripping their rights to do what they want with the money that they earned. Is the idea to 'level the playing field'? Or is this just some subversive left wing attempt to fill the coffers of our overreaching government and/or finance more entitlements?
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "drr8066" on April 22, 2002
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The author takes too long to say too little. Essentially the claim is that capitalism should be combined with strict redistribution of wealth upon death. No serious thought is given to the effects of this "solution." Don't waste your time. If you want to understand capitalism, read Hazlitt, not Haslett.
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