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Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America's Economic Ills Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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"Freakonomics, meet Fubarnomics. A hilarious book that defines an era only minds like Wright's can get us out of." --Amity Shlaes, author, The Forgotten Man and senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.
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Wright's (well documented) belief is that far from the name calling on the left and right, the current state of F'ed up (Google: FUBAR) economics is the fault of both aisles of government, combined with an ample dollop of corporate interference that has created a climate where laws work at odds with one another to create a systemic problem deeply rooted in our economy of today.
A typical example of this Fubar-state would be in the field of agriculture, where government pays subsidies to farmers for lost crop yields while at the same time destroying crop surpluses to keep prices shored up. Wright casts a wide swath as he examines problems related to everything from Social Security, to the home mortgage business, to custom home construction to health care, all the while systematically explaining how we got into the conundrums of today and, in his final chapter, how we might best get out of the ditch.
No field is left unscathed as Wright's analysis goes back hundreds of years to shed light on both current day malaises as well as primary examples from the past (slavery, the Civil War, the Great Depression) to illustrate to the reader how competing interests can subvert systems to the point where few if any are realizing the goods intended within these programs and organizations.Read more ›
As I started the book the author quickly jumped on the blame bandwagon for popular targets. He claims to be on no one's side, but he's definitely not interested in hearing both sides of the story. I felt myself becoming offended because I have been an employee of a City Government, and my father owned his own construction business for many years. The author takes delight in pointing out how terrible all Government is, despite saying repeatedly that the U.S. is the greatest country on Earth (huh?). He goes on and on about how corrupt the construction industry is, as if every private construction business that does "custom" work were filled with pirates and thieves.Read more ›
While I disagree with some of his proposals (e.g. I don't think making patients pay more out of pocket for health care is a good idea), I nonetheless learned a lot from Fubarnomics and highly recommend it to liberals and conservatives alike.
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The good Professor Wright delivers on his promises in the book, Fubarnomics, in which he looks at what he calls 'hybrid failures'- instances in which both the markets and those... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Gregory McMahan
FUBARNOMICS: A LIGHTHEARTED, SERIOUS LOOK AT AMERICA'S ECONOMIC ILLS offers a fun look at contemporary economic woes, considering examples of Fubar - an acronym meaning 'fouled up... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
After about twenty pages, the writing style that Robert Wright uses in his book, Fubarnomics, began to drive me nuts. With the knowledge that 300 more pages followed, I gave up. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Stephen T. Hopkins