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The Joy of Freedom: An Economist's Odyssey isn't a dry tome about free market economics: it brings the idea of freedom to life through stories of people who have discovered it in their own lives. David Henderson brings together these stories as never before, celebrating those in American society -- and around the world -- who are fighting to get the government off their ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 24th 2001 by Financial Times/Prentice Hall
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Brian
Nov 30, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
This book is foundational for anyone wanting to understand the issues of freedom, that being a tiny government, weaned off the money they steal by force. A question Dr. Henderson asked was what would you do if for most of your life there were no taxes and all of a sudden the government said we are taking 35% of everything you make, he said there would be revolution. Well they take that and more but because we don't know any other way, and its a gradual progression we get used to it like the ...more
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Best book I've read in a long time.

I've read Henderson's blog for a long time and enjoy his writing, enjoy his reasonable approach, enjoy his arguments from a position of principle and rational thought.

Based on my love of Henderson's other writing, I thought I'd probably like this book too. I enjoyed it at least as much as I thought I would. His starting point is similar to my own. That is, freedom is fundamentally important. People truly have a right to freedom, a right to make voluntary choice
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I enjoyed the book and would say it's worth reading (my ratings run as follows: 3=good, 4=lots of dog-eared pages and will keep on the shelf, 5 = buying this book to give to others). It's consistent with other libertarian/economic material I've read but with real-life experiences backing up the concepts - all from someone who was aware and clear-headed from an early age and lived through the DC sausage grinder.
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Professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Fraser Institute and Independent Institute, editor of The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics. Henderson also blogs for the economics blog EconLog along with Bryan Caplan.
From 1982 to 1984, he was the senior economist for health policy and, from 1983 to 1984, the senior economi
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