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Freedom 101 [Paperback]

Dr Madsen Pirie
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5 Mar 2008
Freedom 101 is a personal refutation by Dr Madsen Pirie of many of the common errors of economic, political and social debate. He has selected 101 of these erroneous assumptions in order to show why they are not correct. Many of them are in daily circulation as if they were truisms. We are told that, 'the world is running out of scarce resources' or that, 'we should protect the poor by fixing the price of essential goods'. The author shows in his pithy style why these and other assumptions are incorrect. Of his selected 101, some are based on errors of fact, some on false arguments, and many of them on a misunderstanding of how economics works. This is a refreshing book, full of sharp insights to help readers clarify their own thoughts and equip them to bring that same clarity to aid the understanding of others in discussion and debate.

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  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Adam Smith Institute (5 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902737563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902737560
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as usual 1 Sep 2010
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Madsen Pirie has a very incisive mind, and a very clear and pithy way of making his points. This book is no exception.

It categorically debunks a lot of widely held but unfounded beliefs. It would be funny if it wer not that Politicians base policy on those falsehoods, and most of us go along with them because we have been conned too.

Pity Tony Blair and the New Labour control freaks did not have a copy.
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A very absorbing book full of mostly well-argued points in a concise, easily accessible format.

Thought provoking, giving foundations for further research if the reader feels so inspired yet providing enough ammo for match-winning banter with those achingly anti-market pro-state fashionistas decorating the grubbier bars and draping themselves, iMac clad, over a pavement coffee table.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better books available 1 Nov 2010
By M. Dunn
This book intends to set up a series of arguments and then debunk them. However in some cases the arguments are straw man arguments in any case. In others the "debunking" simply makes the rather obvious point that these arguments do not propose a perfect solution: certainly any side of any political debate has some plus and minus points to it (otherwise it would not be debated), but simply pointing out the obvious minus points without considering whether these outweigh the positives is insufficient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent piece 27 July 2008
Well worth getting. A very thorough and well-written analysis of a wide range of issues.
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