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The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's New Theory of Everything by [Snowdon, Christopher]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (29 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JUPV6O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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Interesting ideas
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This is just not very good. just a rant...
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Really good expose of how cherry picking can be used to support a thesis. Obviously any theory that says all the differences between the US and Japan are due to factor x alone is a bit dodgy, but this really shows how poor it is.
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.
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A short but comprehensive debunking of a current political fashion - the Spirit Level (And other texts)
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As described, prompt delivery.
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By Paul Simister TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2013
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It saddens me that this book had to be written.

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.
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A book written by someone who argues against the ill effects of smoking should never be taken seriously.
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Because this aims to discredit the research for the book Spirit Level, you get two sets of ideas: the orignal proposition and the counter claims.
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
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