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The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey Paperback – February 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Small Business Hawaii Inc; 3 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962346721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962346729
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Schoolland does a wonderful job of exposing the foibles and hypocrisy that permeate government programs and policies, making a highly effective case for the free market and the libertarian principle of self-ownership.
The book is written as an easy-to-read children's story, but since it also operates on a deeper level, it is a compelling read for adults as well. I would recommend this as a "must read" for everyone above the age of ten, and would not hesitate to recommend it to an adult of any age. In fact, when friends and family ask me to explain my political philosophy, I get them a copy of "Jonathan Gullible."
An interesting side note, is that although the book has been published in at least 22 languages world-wide, significant difficulty is encountered getting the book carried by the Hawaii State and Public School Library systems, here in the author's state of residence. Recently, several such institutions have been asked to carry the book, and upon their failure to acquire it on their own, copies were donated. The donated copies are currently undergoing a review for "balance" before placement can be approved. Ironically, this fits in rather well with the message Schoolland has presented in "Jonathan Gullible."
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After returning from Brazil, South America I purchased a copy of this book. I was amazed, because it seemed to be describing the country I had just been living in! This wonderful, readable book shows the fallacies of collectivism in terms that anyone can understand, using narration. In fact, I'm reading it to my 7-year-old daughter these days for bedtime.
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I bought 1 copy of this book for my 13-year old nephew, but kept it for myself (I'm 25). Now, I'm getting a few more. It is just so well-written, I couldn't let go of it. Some of my friends, who are usually uninterested in politics or economics, read it almost nonstop with pleasure. At least they now understand the basic idea of a voluntary free-market society and how it's different from our society today. Even if they disagree, at least they know better than to misinterpret the free-market issues due to ignorance.
The only gripe about this book is that a few chapters are a bit formulaic and sometimes don't make the underlying concept as clear as other chapters do. It appears to me that the author didn't take enough time to develop his ideas well enough in those few chapters. I hope he will clarify them in the next edition.
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This is a wonderful young-adult literature book on free-market economics and the inherent problem of things like publicly owned land, eminent domain, welfare, the drug problem, the one major weakness of pure democracy and other such things. Part of what makes it such a delight is that there are references to many great economic ideas and thinkers such as Ludwig Von Mises (the cat, Mices), who had been many brands of socialism before becoming one of the greatest economists ever, Frederic Bastiat's candlemen's petition, Murray Rothbard (the Great Bard), etc. Using small little stories, the book illustrates the inherent conflict over many government programs and regulations and how they also benefit either special interests or bureaucrats in particular. This is a great way to get interested in economics as a whole and alsw the libertarian movement as well.
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I took economics this past summer with Mr. Schoolland. Very cool teacher and his book definitely supplemented the class. It really helped me to understand the economic theories because he presents them in a comprehensible fashion. Good book to have!
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