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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 March 2013
Essentially a pamphlet that might take the average reader a little less than half an hour of effort to get through. There are two central ideas here. Firstly and not surprisingly, markets 'do it 'better. If a good or service needs to produced at all or in sufficient quantity,then reduce regulation, allow prices to provide incentives by getting the government to leave citizens and businesses alone. Secondly and as importantly,is the notion of 'concentrated benefits and diffuse costs' as a way of explaining the inertia of government bureaucracy. Namely that there are too many interested parties in maintaining the status quo. As the costs are spread amongst millions of tax payers, any expansion of government spending is barely noticed by citizens. So tax payers,especially if they are the beneficiaries of governmental largesse will either be neutral or welcoming of such generosity.

Freidman has a direct, unvarnished prose style, but there is also a hint of humour and humanity to level matters. For instance he asks the question, if the industry can produce all the cars needed,why is the production of roads by government not able to keep up with demand? Obviously, the government has failed. He is of course being disingenuous. Roads require planing, consent of stakeholders and evaluation of possible social and private need. Witness what happens when planning and the rights of citizens are ignored- the various railway booms of mid-Victorian Britain, where lines were constructed that had little or no chance of being profitable, leading to spectacular financial loss and a degraded countryside. Similar issues exist in many Less Developed Nations where land rights are ignored, leading to loss of habitat, social inequity and a lack of possible investment. So, government must some role to play, the exact question is , just how much?

'Why Government is the Problem' is a persuasively written and illuminating essay, that would especially appeal to those readers who would like to dip their intellectual toes in the clear water of free market economics.
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on 9 September 2016
An informative little book on why Government, rather than capitalism and the free-market are the problem. The greatest thing about Milton Friedman is not his vast knowledge and informative manner, but his easy to read way of conveying information.
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on 12 December 2016
Friedman always provide an interesting analysis and this essay really gives a different perspective.
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on 7 September 2017
His economic theory is very fair to human kind
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on 27 March 2018
It makes too many jumps. It reeks of an essay written to back ones own beliefs than to react to evidence.
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on 23 September 2017
Another excellent analysis by the great thinker and supporter of liberty Milton Friedman.
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on 14 February 2013
Agreat little book,after reading this one realises what amarvelous superb man milton friedman was a huge loss to all free thinking people
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on 20 November 2015
Purchased as a gift. All arrived on time and as described. Good introduction to an interesting area of study.
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on 2 February 2015
good read
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on 17 February 2016
interesting essay, the title is revealing enough
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