- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Reissue edition (September 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780226041025
- ISBN-13: 978-0226041025
- ASIN: 0226041026
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nobel Prize–winning economist Becker (Human Capital) and U.S. Court of Appeals judge Posner (How Judges Think) apply economic perspectives to a wide range of contemporary issues in these unwieldy essays culled from their jointly written blog. Social problems ranging from terrorism and pre-emptive war to Internet gambling and steroid use are subjected to analysis yielding surprising arguments; for example, they argue that drunk-driving laws penalize behavior that is not criminal (drinking) instead of the harmful outcome (accidents) and ask, Why punish the 99-plus percent of drunk driving that is harmless? The book is most compelling when addressing the legal aspects of eminent domain and pharmaceutical patents, much less so when it pans over national and global issues like ethnic profiling, where the arguments feel well-worn. Despite some valuable insights, the writing itself is ponderous and lacks the references and rigor to make it genuinely academic, but comes across as too dense for good blog writing. And even though the authors acknowledge that their audience might be unfamiliar with the economic principles they apply, their only concession is a brief overview of economics in the introduction. (Nov.)
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If not, Common Sense is a very insightful set of brief and intelligible position papers on controversial topics that are debated as gentlemen are intended to argue their positions.
There are 49 `current topics' that are adroitly argued with facts and insights. The topics are sharply distinguished as controversial, left and right, for or against, matters of the heart or otherwise. Whether you are for or against the argument, for the sake of the argument, Common Sense is effective and interesting.
This collection is certainly one of the best for serving up both sides of the issue. Quite interesting all around.
If two authors are going to be this pedantic, they should at least go through their blogs and organize them, look for a central theme, and present a single point of view. The dialectic isn't terribly informative when the two participants agree to such a great extent.