The Joy of Freedom: an Economist's Odyssey

The Joy of Freedom: an Economist's Odyssey

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The Joy of Freedom: An Economist's Odyssey isn't a dry tome about free market economics: it brings the idea of freedom to life through stories of people who have discovered it in their own lives. David Henderson brings together these stories as never before, celebrating those in American society -- and around the world -- who are fighting to get the government off their backs. The cause of freedom led David Henderson to join the Reagan administration as a senior economist with the Council of Economic Advisers, to become the economics editor for the National Review, and to make the case for freedom in dozens of articles in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and Red Herring. In this book, written as an intellectual sequel to Milton Friedman's legendary Free to Choose, Henderson tells the stories of freedom with extraordinary power, illustrating the centrality of freedom to a well-run economy and a good society. Henderson's stories may be a revelation; for example, he shows how property rights have been used to protect wildlife, from elephants to hawks.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 725.74g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130621129
  • 9780130621122

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''The joy of freedom is a quasi-autobiographical clarion call of a free society. It is passionate and eloquent, yet at the same time, thoughtful, informed, and profound. A splendid statement of the moral case for a free society, at the same time it is an informed and comprehensive survey of its practical virtues and of the harm done by widespread government intervention'' - Milton Friedman - Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Nobel Laureateshow more

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. The Joy of Freedom. 2. Hooked on Economics. 3. We Won, But... 4. You Belong to You. 5. Your Right to Property. 6. Freedom of Association. 7. Free Markets Versus Discrimination. 8. The Joy of Capitalism. 9. Whose Income? Who's Distributing? 10. Meet Francois Melese. 11. Market Virtues and Community. 12. A Tour of Washington. 13. Maybe We Can't End Death, But Let's Take a Shot at Taxes. 14. The Social Security Crisis: Why It Happened and What We Can Do. 15. Free and Healthy at Half the Cost. 16. Freedom and Education Versus "Public" Schools. 17. The Environment: Own It and Save it. 18. Freedom in Our Time. Index.show more

About David Henderson

DR. DAVID R. HENDERSON is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution, and Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is editor of The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics and writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal and Fortune. In 1984, he won the Mencken award for investigative journalism for his first Fortune article, "The Myth of MITI." Formerly a monthly columnist for Red Herring, Henderson has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, and The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. Henderson was previously senior economist for health and energy with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. He has testified against the draft before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on taxes before the House Ways and Means Committee, and on health policy before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. In the late 1970s, Henderson spoke on college campuses and on television against a renewal of military conscription. Born and raised in Canada, Henderson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Winnipeg in 1970 and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976.show more

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