Friedman's arguments are provocative but at times lack rigor. In his comparisons of various countries, he offers no objective data to measure their levels of social progress, relying instead on his own--sometimes selective--interpretation of historical events. He glosses over the fact that China, where the economy has grown sevenfold since 1978, has seen little political change in that time. He also acknowledges that the Great Depression--which brought Americans together to achieve great social and political progress--tends to disprove his theory. Friedman makes a good case that the economy sometimes influences social movements, but the jury is still out on exactly when and how that happens. --Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Economic growth may be a necessary condition for social progress, but it is not clearly sufficient.
We find that this good, thought-provoking book offers a great deal of valuable insight into a seldom-considered aspect of economic growth.
Friedman is clearly a well-read man of wide interests, and he brings a great deal of his erudition to this book.
This book has opened my eyes to one explanation as to why things have happened as they have in our past and present as a nation. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Reynolds
Professor Friedman seeks a more open, tolerant and democratic society. He observes stagnation or reversals in these areas across the last 40 years, which he attributes to the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Tom K.
This is an excellent and extensive statement of economic and morality issues involving living standards with studies of inequality and globalization. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Gderf
Problem 1--Friedman's continual reference to things that he will cover at some point, maybe, if he gets around to it, using the phrase 'as we shall see' EVERY SINGLE TIME. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Michael J. Chapman
The "liberal" apporach of this book ignores the human cost of policies implemented at the macroeconomic level. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Oscar Cury
Reading Benjamin Friedman's "Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" brings up a sense of unease, the unease of reading a thesis that is at once original and commonplace. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by N. Tsafos
Since the rise fascism and Bolshevism in the 1920s there has been the question of how political rights and civil liberties correspond to economic rights and growth. Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by J. D Morrow
Economics is often considered a values-free discipline (and economists - well, a sperm cell has a better chance of becoming human). Read morePublished on November 30, 2006 by James W. Picht
Friedman explains how growth is good for promoting a freer, more tolerant and open society. The author gives good reasons for defending growth as the major objective of any... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by Giovanna M R Lima