Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

by Thomas Sowell


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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth. We cannot properly understand inequality if we focus exclusively on the distribution of wealth and ignore wealth production factors such as geography, demography, and culture.

Sowell contends that liberals have a particular interest in misreading the data and chastises them for using income inequality as an argument for the welfare state. Refuting Thomas Piketty, Paul Krugman, and others on the left, Sowell draws on accurate empirical data to show that the inequality is not nearly as extreme or sensational as we have been led to believe.

Transcending partisanship through a careful examination of data, Wealth, Poverty, and Politics reveals the truth about the most explosive political issue of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465082933
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, and Amherst. The author of Intellectuals and Society and the classic Basic Economics, among others, Sowell lives in Stanford, California.

Table of Contents

1. Issues
2. Geographic Factors
3. Cultural Factors
4. Social Factors
5. Political Factors
6. Implications and Prospects

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Wealth, Poverty, and Politics: An International Perspective 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Explains wealth, poverty and politics not only in America, but throughout world history to the present. Enlightening; should be required reading for college students. All can benefit from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas Powell is one of the great geniuses of our time, I highly recommend