Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Tyler Cowen Book Coming



The full title of the book is Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals.

Tyler writes:
 I have been working on this book for about twenty years, and I recommend it to you all.
From the book blurb:
Growth is good. Through history, economic growth, in particular, has alleviated human misery, improved human happiness and opportunity, and lengthened human lives. Wealthier societies are more stable, offer better living standards, produce better medicines, and ensure greater autonomy, greater fulfillment, and more sources of fun. If we want to continue on our trends of growth, and the overwhelmingly positive outcomes for societies that come with it, every individual must become more concerned with the welfare of those around us and in the world at large and most of all our descendants in the future. So, how do we proceed?
I find Cowen books very uneven. The more he moves in the direction of policy the less I find his books interesting. His book, An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies, on the other hand, is great. I have adopted some of his tips to find good eating places.

The blurb to his new book leaves me less than excited. This line, in particular, makes the Randian remnants left in me want to vomit:
 If we want to continue on our trends of growth, and the overwhelmingly positive outcomes for societies that come with it, every individual must become more concerned with the welfare of those around us and in the world at large and most of all our descendants in the future.
The release date is October 16 but it is ready for pre-order.

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-RW