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What would have made Wealth and Poverty better?
I am disappointed in this new edition. The degrees of logic and social commentary in this edition is disappointingly poor. I highly recommend you skip this addition and seek out an original edition. Read that with a mind toward the time period and environment it was written. The genius of Gilder is not his ability to defend supply side economics. His genius is identifying the secondary social externalities both good and bad of government policy.
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I like the book. Mr. Gilder has a commanding understanding of both the art and science of how economies rise, fall and work and makes clear the difference between capitalism in its purest sense and the "friction" caused by politics, religion and plain old human nature. It's positive on the future. The language in the book is a little archaic as Mr. Gilder tries to emulate the prose of the past. It would be great to see this book written with a more modern linguistic style. Also, the book would be more powerful without the bias of the author's strong perspective on God, feminism and races. In fact, all of the economic and capitalist theory and workings could be explained well without these topics being discussed in the point blank, unapologetic manner expressed in the book and would make this author's views on capitalism as a roadmap to the future more accepted by a much broader audience.
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