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The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

    Some good ideas; some not so good

    Shows good insight on some aspects of the economy, but his advocating a progressive consumption tax is a pathetically bad idea. As a tax specialist, who has prepared roughly 10,000 tax returns, I could think of myriad ways in which to thwart such a tax, so the tax burden would inevitably fall hardest on those who were less fortunate.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Some Interesting Ideas

    Frank challenges many of the age old assumptions about economics and has some very interesting ideas that will make you rethink yours, but turns into a bit of an anti-libertarian rant towards the end

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Excited about this book

    I just listended to a great podcast on this book between Bob Frank and Russ Roberts (EconTalk). B&N isn't allowing me to include a link, but it is an easy web search.

    For full disclosure, I had Professor Frank in graduate business school.

    While I disagreeing with Professor Frank often, I believe his discussion on this book is refreshingly new. If the book is half as good as his podcast with Russ Roberts (link above), then I will be pleased. I will write another

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    An economist¿s eloquent plea for better government

    Philosopher Adam Smith himself was skeptical about the real-world results of his “invisible hand,” but you’d never know it by the way modern-day free market fundamentalists try to push every regulation out of the way. As Cornell economist Robert H. Frank notes in his assault on the ideological force field that has blocked much US government action, naturalist Charles Darwin identified the problem: Evolutionary incentives benefit individuals, not groups. Frank uses that insight to argue that government must abridge some personal gains for the greater good. Frank is an economics professor, and his book sometimes falls into a challenging didacticism. But he writes with admirable clarity and verve, and – while his prediction that the world will one day recognize Darwin as the father of economics is perhaps a reach – he has done nothing less than provide a fresh intellectual foundation for progressivism. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Frank’s treatise to lawmakers, economists, historians and civic-minded professionals who are concerned with the large questions society must tackle.

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