|About the Book|
The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. - John Maynard Keynes When Keynes wrote these famousMoreThe ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. - John Maynard Keynes When Keynes wrote these famous worlds in 1936, he never realized how far the new frontiers of economics would reach. He had no idea that today economists would be accurately predicting the outcome of national elections, telling investors to reduce their risk and maximize their returns through stock index funds, showing legislators how they could reduce crime by offering concealed weapon permits, or cleaning up the environment by auctioning off pollution permits.In his provocative new book, Mark Skousen contends that economics is no longer the dismal science. It is now the imperial science, invading like an army the new frontiers of crime, politics, religion, Wall Street, subjecting new economic analysis to gun rights, racial dscrimination, drug abuse, professional sports, health care, grade-school education, and environmentalism. Chapters include:* Why private companies were able to quickly solve their own pension problem, but Social Security cannot* Why the Food Stamp program works better than Medicare* The economic reasons for terrorism in the Middle East* Why consumer spending does not drive the economy* Great turnabouts in history: Paul Samuelson, Milton Friedman, and other famous economists who changed their minds* Economists prove that the poor are getting richer too* Leisure, the basis of culture* Are financial markets inherenlty unstable?* How economists are changing the way accountants do business* Has capitalism failed or succeeded? The tale of two graphsSkousen applies easy-to-understand economic analysis to your personal and financial life, your business career, and most controversies of the day.