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Read 'the spirit level' first!, 14 April 2011
Admittedly, I have only read part of this book, but that was enough. There is a profound asymmetry between these two books, which seems to have been overlooked in a spirit of post-modern relativism. The Spirit Level is the culmination of hundreds of research years of rigorously peer reviewed, intellectually honest research, by hundreds of researchers from many different countries, and many different backgrounds. This book is an attempt to nullify the findings of this research in one fell swoop, based on the prior assumption that market forces are righteous, and governments are evil. It is cynical in its view both of the scientific method, and of the intelligence of the general book-buying public. I recommend reading and making sure you understand The Spirit Level, before bothering to tackle this attempt to retard rationally-directed progress, for ideological ends.