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Free Prices Now!: Fixing the Economy by Abolishing the Fed Hardcover – September 6, 2013
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-Host Kevin Price, The Price of Business 9/10/2013
"This compact book, subtitled Fixing the Economy by Abolishing the Fed, takes a new and refreshing approach to the economic problems that keep troubling us, apparently with no end in sight. Hunter Lewis argues that a key reason for the lack of recovery is that prices are not free to reflect the reality on the ground, the real values of various assets, and thus do not permit for sound economic thinking or real recovery from the crisis."
-- Henrik R. Clausen (Europe News) 9/25/2013
About the Author
ISBNs and titles of author's previous books: Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts, 978-1-60419-044-1; Are the Rich Necessary? Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values, 978-0-9753662-0-2;A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices That Shape Our Lives, 978-0-9661908-3-0
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In addition to his work at Cambridge Associates, Lewis has served as treasurer and president of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a graduate research institute affiliated with 150 American colleges and universities, president of the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, chairman of the National Environmental Trust, chairman of Dumbarton Oaks (affiliate of Harvard University), founder and chairman of the Trearne Foundation, which provides educational assistance to foster children, chairman of the Worldwatch Institute, chairman of Shelburne Farms, treasurer of the World Wildlife Fund (World Wide Fund for Nature), trustee of World Wildlife Fund International, member of the Advisory Board of Environmental Health Sciences, trustee of the Morgan Library, trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), trustee of the Peabody School, trustee of the Groton School, trustee of the Core Knowledge Foundation, and member of the World Bank Pension Finance Committee.
Lewis has contributed to many newspapers and periodicals including the New York Times, the Times of London, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly, as well as numerous websites such as Forbes.com. He is also an author and editor of books on economics and moral philosophy. His works include: Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts (Axios Press; September 25, 2009), Are the Rich Necessary?: Great Economic Arguments and How They Reflect Our Personal Values (Axios Press; September 25, 2007; Rev Updated PB edition October 30, 2009), A Question of Values : Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices That Shape Our Lives (Harper Collins, 1990, Axios Press, Rev Updated edition May 25, 2000), The Beguiling Serpent (Axios Press; August 31, 2000), Alternative Values: For and Against Wealth, Power, Fame, Praise, Glory, and Physical Pleasure (Axios Press; July 25, 2005) and The Real World War (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan/Putnam; 1982).
Top Customer Reviews
"Free Prices Now! begins by asking why the human race is still so poor. How can it be that billions still lack even enough to eat? It then provides the answer. A prosperous society is a cooperative society. Cooperation in turn depends on trust. And trust requires honesty."
Hunter believes the honesty we need today lies in allowing prices to be free to reflect the truth of economic realities. This book is perfect for anyone who is curious about free-market economics and looking to read one book that gives the reader enough of an overview along with the clarity of a detailed description of what a healthy economy would look like.
"The most reliable barometer of economic honesty is to be found in prices. Honest prices, neither manipulated nor controlled, provide both investors and consumers with reliable economic signals. They are the foundation for a successful economy.
A corrupt economic system does not want honest prices, honest information, or honest results. The truth may be unprofitable for powerful government leaders, private interests allied with them, or economic "experts" whose careers have been devoted to price manipulations and controls.
The US Federal Reserve and other central banks have created a system of "liar loans" and false prices. Other parts of government have contributed as well. In effect, the regulators on whom we depend have become dis-regulators.Read more ›
Here, Lewis shows us that true capitalism is not only the best economic model for any society, it is the only model. In America we have never truly tried pure capitalism. Because of Government intervention our economy always suffers. Inflation, higher taxes, government corruption - that is the norm in today’s America.
The author’s premise is that free prices (without government intervention) are not only an indicator of the health of our economy, it is it's very life blood. Prices show us what jobs are important, what products are no longer needed, what the future holds.
When we have government intervention, whether it is through printing money, raising / lowering interest rates, or capping prices, we have a group of men and women who think they know better that the collective desires of the rest of the country.
How can a few elected and unelected officials have enough knowledge to guide the economy with all of it's intricacies? They can not. All they do is make things worse. But they are too arrogant to admit that they can not even balance their own check books, let alone the government budget. The unintended consistences of their policies cost us billions more in taxes and inflation than if they would have just stayed on permanent vacation and let the free market work.
The reason I personally do not believe it is a government conspiracy is that I do not believe there is enough intelligence in Washington to pull off a conspiracy. Their ignorance, not their intelligence, is the cause of this mess.
Back to the book review. This is one awesome book.Read more ›
If you're someone who doesn't put too much thought into the economy and the pivotal decisions our economic leaders are making, then this book is a definite MUST READ! It will open your eyes and give you real food for thought.
It's no secret that most, if not all, Governments are wrought with corruption and greed, but Lewis sheds light on some of the finer details and the ramifications that affect the masses, as well as the importance of the consumer's right and role in bringing about economic freedom.
Although this book is filled with plenty of economic and financial jargon that may be a bit too much for some readers, the message is loud and clear.
Free Prices. Breathe new life into our economy.
Right now there is a vicious circle that sees the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Imagine if that could be changed. Well it can, and it's not that difficult to achieve. One of the most powerful things I took from this book is that the free price system will unleash an honest and trustworthy economy, where corruption cannot breed.
All I can say is, why has this not happened as yet? Why do we still find ourselves in economic slumps? Why do we give all the power to Government and Reserve Banks?
This is a book that everyone, no matter what your financial status is, needs to read. People tend to turn a blind eye and I think it's due to a certain level of ignorance on our part, although it's not exactly due to any fault of our own. It's our right to be informed; however, we're often kept in the dark. Lewis gives a brilliant account of the injustices that have rocked our economy, and it's time we stood up and took notice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lewis hits it out of the park again! I highly recommend this bookPublished 15 months ago by Craigers1961
We are being confused and mislead. The Free Market system has only served one group of people, who basically designed the Federal Reserve. Free Prices is not the same thing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by V. M. Ricks
Hunter Lewis writes to be understood, and this book is the best example of it in my opinion. I will be publishing a longer review on my blog ([...]). Read morePublished 22 months ago by George F. Smith
A MUST READ for the YOUNG
I have read and reviewed Lewis' previous book on the subject, "Where Keynes went wrong". Here is more and the awaited prescriptions. Read more
I am mightily irritated by the fact that the Kindle version of this book I just bought, while equipped with numbers to end notes, provides NO links to those endnotes! Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer