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- Publisher: Monday Books (29 Aug. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JUPV6O
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- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If equality is so important why not choose Latin American countries with similar language, religion, culture, climate, history etc to study it? I guess that as the most violent South American country (Venezuela) is also the most equal then it would disprove the theory.
Certainly Venezuela has a lot more in common with its neighbours than Japan does with the US.
The original Spirit Level book showed that inequality of income and wealth was at the root of society's ills once income reached a reasonable level. After that equality mattered more than pushing up the average GDP per person statistic.
The book made sense and for those left of centre, supported their existing views and for those on the right who were prepared to have an open mind, it will have given them cause to challenge their views.
But this book shows that the original is not the unbiased presentation of research data that it first appears. Instead data has been cherry picked to create the trends that the authors wanted to show to justify their doctrine.
The Spirit Level Delusion isn't a good book. Its premise is negative... to destroy an argument rather than to advance an alternative. However it is necessary.
Manipulation and distortions of the truth must be challenged.
Remember the quote "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" by Edmund Burke.
Politics dressed up as science and empirical economics is dangerous to society no matter whether it comes from the left or the right.
Personally I believe inequality is a serious problem but I'm disappointed that The Spirit Level is constructed on such a fragile basis.
About my book reviews - I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 4 stars means this is a good to very good book.
In the event it focuses on the statistics, and sampling rigour, and guess what! it has as much a point to prove as I assume Spirit Level had.
Not the most gripping of reads but the ideas are there
Most recent customer reviews
This book is a waste of money. I studied W&P's original The Spirit Level for my masters degree. It was thought provoking, mostly apolitical and convincing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. Jones
It is easier to find faults with anything that has been published rather than to come up with genuine solutions to what is globally recognised as after Climate Change, inequality... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tyrone poet
Snowden's ostensible purpose may have been balance, but on the evidence, his petty language and childish mudslinging will turn discerning readers off. Read morePublished on 31 May 2015 by sin sin minkin
Right wing dogma guiding the interpretation of facts. Not much else to say really.Published on 2 Jan. 2015 by Peter j
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