Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

TANSTAAFL, the Economic Strategy for Environmental Crisis Paperback – 1971

4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1971)
  • ASIN: B000M0KE6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,048,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
TANSTAAFL derives it's unusual title from a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. Heinlein imagined a lunar colony facing ecological catastrophe and outlined an old fashioned revolutionary war for independence, once that owed more to Thomas Jefferson than Che Guevara, as the solution. But how did this get to economics?

"The fundamental principle on which this strategy is built may be expressed in a simple slogan--There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, the "TANSTAAFL principle," for short. The TANSTAAFL principle is closely related to the fundamental theorem of ecological economics, that everything depends on everything else. Everything worthwhile has a cost. Whenever you think you are getting something for nothing, look again--someone, somewhere, somehow is paying for it. Behind every free lunch there is a hidden cost to be accounted for."

"The task of ecological economics is to figure out how to restructure the economic system so that these hidden costs will be brought out into the open, with the ultimate aim that no one who benefits from the use of the environment will be able to escape without paying in full. The rest of this book is devoted to working out specific applications of this general strategy in order to deal with specific problems."

Those quotes are from the author, Professor Edwin Dolan, a leading Austrian school economist. The 'Austrians' are noted for their strong support for free market economics, generally arguing from philosophic and logical grounds, rather than from the more empirical approach favoured by most mainstream neoclassical economists. This book, written way back in 1971, addresses the concerns of the then newly emerging environmentalist movement from a free market perspective.
Read more ›
1 Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse