My 2011 book Rollback was packaged all wrong. The publisher pitched it to Tea Party people, which could have been all right except the book was therefore portrayed as just another attack on Obama, or (even worse) a book on the federal budget (zzzzzzzz).
All last year I had to struggle against the marketing and packaging for the book, in order to convey what it was really about. It finally became exhausting.
Contrary to the impression given in promotional material, and on Amazon, here are the kinds of things you can expect to find in it:
- Could we survive without the welfare state?
- Was the Industrial Revolution a disaster for workers, and evidence of the wickedness of the free market?
- The market vs. global poverty
- How the market, in spite (not because) of government, leads to higher living standards for everyone
- How the market leads to improved working conditions and does away with child labor
- Federal education programs: a critique
- Doesn’t Sweden prove a large welfare state is compatible with lasting prosperity?
- If government shrinks, won’t big business fill the void and oppress the public via predatory pricing?
- Why it’s impossible to design a wealth redistribution program that does not cause net harm
- The truth about “affordable housing” programs
- Iceland and the financial crisis: a case study of free markets run amok?
- California energy “deregulation” – proof that free markets don’t work?
- Is the Savings & Loan (S&L) crisis evidence of the failure of free markets?
- The real record of Sarbanes-Oxley
- OSHA and workplace safety
- The FDA
- Don’t we need to make an exception for government science funding?
- A primer on the War on Drugs
- Obamacare: the problems and the solution
- Why “stimulus” programs make things worse
- How prudential regulation contributed to the financial crisis
- Are some firms “too big to fail”?
- The real story of “deregulation” and the financial crisis
- Is Paul Krugman right to absolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of blame?
- The military-industrial complex and the U.S. economy
- Has the Federal Reserve really made the U.S. economy more stable, as so many proponents try to claim?
- What caused the bank panics of the nineteenth century? Are they evidence of the need for a central bank?
- The separation of money and state
- Do we need the Fed to protect us from deflation?
- Regulation as an anti-competitive device
- Possible approaches: agorism, jury nullification, Free State Project, and more
For a mere eleven smackers, it’s yours.