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Hypocrites & Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek Hardcover – July 1, 2012
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Before chairing the economics department at George Mason, Boudreaux was president of the Foundation for Economic Education; associate professor of legal studies and Economics at Clemson University, and assistant professor of economics at George Mason University.
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So when Randi Weingarten says markets won't solve the schooling crisis, Boudreaux asks her to imagine groceries being supplied the way education is. Folks would pay property taxes, and the Government would spend the taxes on building and supplying grocery stores. Of course you would be "assigned" to your neighborhood "public" grocery store where you would receive your weekly allotment of groceries for "free". Grocery administrators would decide the quality and quantity of groceries you would receive. Wealthier counties would have better stores, and Boudreaux suspects that the quality of the local public supermarket would play a major role in your choice of where to live if you could afford to move.
When a Mr. Warner writing to the "Los Angeles Times", hoping to defeat members of Congress who voted against Obamacare, asked readers to remember these opponents "Every time you have to pay an extravagant co-pay ... or deductible", Boudreaux chides Mr.Read more ›
Donald J. Boudreaux is a professor at George Mason University: an economist and a lawyer, he was Chairman of the Economics Department at GMU for 8 years, and currently teaches in GMU's economics department and law school. He is a staunch advocate of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and non-interventionist foreign policy. He frequently writes letters-to-the-editor in support of these principles, in opposition to newspaper articles/editorials that counter these principles, or display what he believes to be economic illiteracy. But newspaper editors are not the only targets of Boudreaux's pearls of wisdom: he will write a letter to anyone whom he encounters displaying economic illiteracy or advocating Big Government, whether it is a radio talk show host regurgitating talking points that have no basis in sound economics; a politician arguing for ever-more governmental power; or a blogger arguing that America is somehow economically harmed by importing cheap goods made in foreign countries.
He almost certainly has the world record for letters written to the editor -- he has written nearly 5,000 letters over the past decade!Read more ›
Why is it necessary to read about these wrong opinions? Because the misconseptions that are repeated over and over on the radio & television and in the newspapers are not that many (the state can do better job allocating resources and managing than people themselves; that minimum wages help the poor; etc. etc.) and chances are you hear the same thoughts from people around yourself. Donald Boudreaux's book gives you a set of tools which you can use to explain to your friends and family why these popular ideas are wrong or misguided, and never work as intended.
I've been visiting Don Boudreaux's Cafe Hayek website for a couple of years and I purchased this book as a way to say thank you for his time spent maintaining the website. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because it is just a bit more monotonous to read that I may have liked. But if you listen to politicians and talking heads and wonder why is it that they talk bulshit and nobody around you gives a damn, then you will enjoy reading 'Hypocricies & Half-Wits' and know you're not alone out there :)
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Donald Bourdreaux has the rare talent of being insightful but incredibly concise.This is a book of pithy replies to economic illiteracy masquerading as political wisdom that he... Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by N.M.Buyer
This is a silly and very polemical book representing a fringe perspective of economic theory. It appears to be a non-peer reviewed publication, a "vanity press" book. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by art
Some polemicists seek to engage the strongest arguments of their intellectual opponents. Others are more comfortable engaging the dumbest arguments of their opponents. William F. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Gregory Gilman
It is hard to put this book down. The response letters Don Boudreaux pens are direct, analytical, and humorous, characteristics often lacking in the published pieces he is... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Unclefstop
An easy to read, unbiast and eye opening book. very entertaining and informative! I would highly recommend this book to anyone.Published on March 6, 2013 by Isidro
This book is a collection of letters to the editor by Don Boudreaux. If you read the blog at Cafe Hayek, or get the email from the same there probably isn't a lot new here. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Boudreaux is the soul of brevity and hits his target everytime. His "letters to the editor" should be a regular feature in the Wall Street Journal.Published on January 29, 2013 by Dann Thomas
I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if possible. I enjoy how Boudreaux turns conventional wisdom on it's head with wit and brevity. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Santa Fe Frenchy