- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (June 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415732972
- ISBN-13: 978-0415732970
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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"Are you interested in capitalism as a path to your personal utopia? This stirring moral defense of a free society is the place to start."
―Tyler Cowen, George Mason University
"In forceful strokes, Jason Brennan attacks the work of the late G.A. Cohen's defense of socialism and neatly shows why and how it is not the best of all systems even in the best of all possible worlds, let alone the highly imperfect world in which we live. His combination of accessible prose with technical precision is a model of good writing on political theory that should enable this book to reach the wider audience it deserves."
―Richard Epstein, New York University School of Law
"Gone is the false triumphalism of the 1990s. The question of how to organize society, and the ideological conflict between market systems and socialist systems, is live. Brennan offers in this brief volume a fully realized and compelling answer to Jerry Cohen's rightly celebrated book Why Not Socialism? Many of the responses to socialist advocacy dismiss command economies as impractical or impossible. But Brennan grants Cohen his premises, and carries out the argument in a way that faithfully mirrors the logic that Cohen tried to marshall in his defense of socialism. Brennan offers an unflinching defense of capitalism, and does it with style and humor. His writing is at once accessible to the first-time philosopher and yet persuasive to the denizens of the ivory towers. This book will be on the reading list for every class I teach."
―Michael Munger, Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Duke University
About the Author
Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, The Ethics of Voting, and A Brief History of Liberty, with David Schmidtz.
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Unfortunately many critics (and even proponents!) of capitalism assume it is less than an ideal system, but that is only because they compare an ideal socialist society to the imperfections of capitalism as fleshed out in the real world. Thus, critics of capitalism aren't comparing like with like, they are comparing apples to oranges.
The author ultimately does this by drilling down to the essence of what capitalism and socialism ultimately is: an issue of who should own what.