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Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats", leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor. In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, best-selling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world’s poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development - one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution - will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.
©2013 William Easterly (P)2014 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

Excellent case for human rights

Strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the debate of democracy vs technocracy, and also the case for why all humans should have equal rights.

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By Lazar Antonic on 02-21-15

Great read but not as goodnas the w.m. Burden

I enjoyed the book. It makes a good case against authoritarian growth but fails to persuasively show how political freedoms would stimulate growth.

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By Snehal Sidhu on 11-04-16

Provocative, but I prefer his academic work.

I really love and admire Easterleighs academic work. This book was interesting and I learnt some things. It had some weaker parts though. A large part of the book complains that some of Hayek's points have been overlooked. This strikes me as not a very bad thing, and anyway untrue. The first chapter is a frustrating defence of an argument not yet given. And some of the argument after that depends on equivocation. Still, there is much to be learnt here and some economics history that was new to me.

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