August 12, 2002

Chris Bertram Likes Brink Lindsey's Book

Chris Bertram--like me, starting from a basic view of the cosmic all skeptical of and somewhat hostile to Brink Lindsey's--reads Lindsey's Against the Dead Hand and--like me--finds at an extremely impressive book:


...Well, I've had some critical things to say (and I can imagine some plausible replies). But the fact that I've been moved to go on at such length demonstrates that this is an extremely readable and challenging book and one that I'm happy to recommend to anyone who wants to hear the case for capitalist globalisation put eloquently and persuasively...

Posted by DeLong at August 12, 2002 03:51 PM | TrackBack


could I perhaps suggest that the reason that this book appears more "impressive" than Stiglitz's is that Lindsey is free to attack strawmen of his own devising while Stiglitz has to set his lance against actually existing, and well-funded institutions?

Posted by: Daniel Davies on August 13, 2002 02:06 AM

Sorry, no. The reason Brink's book appears (and is) more impressive is that it is well researched, well written and cogently argued whereas Stiglitz, despite having a Nobel prize-winning intellect, produced a book which is egotistical, lazy and poorly written. A sadly missed opportunity

Posted by: Chris Bertram on August 13, 2002 10:33 AM

Lindsey book is impressive but does not address a South Africa, a Brazil, an Argentina. If the theory is convincing, the specific cases will call for considerably more policy flexibility.

Posted by: on August 13, 2002 11:34 AM

"starting from a basic view of the cosmic all..."

Here I thought it was because basically you were both Arisians. Though I suspect Bush to announce any day that he's working for Boskone, and that Cheney is a Plooran.

(And if this makes no sense to any readers: Emily Litella suggests E. E. "Doc" Smith.)

Posted by: Gary Farber on August 13, 2002 02:03 PM

Mr. Farber: Please report immediately to be fitted with your lens...

Posted by: Mentor on August 14, 2002 08:40 AM
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