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Great Book, 15 Feb. 2013
More serious than JP Floru's previous book (What the Immigrant Saw), Heavens on Earth is just as enjoyable. I never thought that countries as diverse as Chile, New Zealand, and China had so much in common policy-wise. While in Britain, Europe and the US political leaders are bickering about the redistribution of a reducing pie, enlightened leaders in Hong Kong and Singapore make the pie grow so everybody is better off.
The book explains how failing countries became and are becoming rich. Sometimes too detailed, there are some real gems in it: "When tax is 50%, you work one day out of two for the state and you are only half free"; "When the state takes responsibility over our lives, we become like animals living in herds who are led by shepherds"; "Rulers always think that they can do better than the ruled". Or, even in the dedication: "To leaders who don't redistribute what is, but allow people to create what can be".
What are we waiting for? Or, as the writer puts it: "The choice is yours. Will your children live in poverty, under the status quo, or be prosperous beyond your wildest imagination? Do you choose regulation, a "third way", or freedom?
This is a must read for anybody interested in politics or economics at any level. Easy to approach and very readable. As you might have guessed, I enjoyed it immensely!