Economics And Its Enemies

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Anti-economics is described as the opposition to the main stream of economic thought that has existed from the eighteenth-century to the present day. This book tells the story of anti-economics in relations to Smith, Ricardo, Mill, Walras, Keynes and Hicks as well as current economic thinkers. William Coleman examines how anti-economics developed from the Enlightenment to the present day and analyzes its various guises.

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Overview

Anti-economics is described as the opposition to the main stream of economic thought that has existed from the eighteenth-century to the present day. This book tells the story of anti-economics in relations to Smith, Ricardo, Mill, Walras, Keynes and Hicks as well as current economic thinkers. William Coleman examines how anti-economics developed from the Enlightenment to the present day and analyzes its various guises.

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"Unique, intensive and extensive in its subject matter...this volume has every quality to become a classic."—C.J. Talele, Choice
"William Coleman's wonderful book [is]...a terrifically valuable piece of scholarship...vast reading and it shows."—David M. Levy, George Mason University
"...a crushingly learned volume on the history of economic thought. This should definitely earn him professional praise."—Eric Jones, University of Melbourbane, Policy
"It should be on the shelves of anyone interested in intellectual history, alongside the works of Isaiah Berlin."—P.P. McGuiness, Editor, Quadrant
"I am reading it with great pleasure"—Robert Lucas, Nobel Laureate in Economics 1995
"This is a brilliant book, conceived on a vast and daring scale, and argued with magisterial conviction."—Dennis O'Keeffe, Salisbury Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403941480
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

William Oliver Coleman is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• PART I
• The Damnation of Economics
• PART II
• The 'Wretched Procurers of Sedition'
• The 'Apostles of the Rich'
• The Dream of Nationhood
• The Totalitarian State and the 'Economist-Scoundrels'
• PART III
• The General Contagion of its Mechanic Philosophy
• The Moral Economy
• The Religion of Love and the Science of Wealth
• Crusaders and Consumers
• Rival Gospels of Wealth
• PART IV
• The 'Unconquerable Private Interests'
• 'The Infallible Dicta of the Holy Mother Church of Political Popery'
• 'Economists, Glory to You and the Jews!' A Postscript on Anti-Semitism
• The Notes so Puzzling Failure of Anti-Economics

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