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In Pursuit : Of Happiness and Good Government

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A modern classic--back in print and available again. Originally published in 1988, this book draws on advances in psychology and sociology to explore the fundamental questions of what is meant by "success." Rich in fascinating case studies. Line drawings, graphs and tables.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by ICS Press (first published 1988)
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Curtis Edmonds
Feb 25, 2014 Curtis Edmonds rated it it was amazing
* A Parallel Review of "In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government" by Charles Murray and "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink!': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection" by Bill Watterson

Calvin: "Why should I go to school?! Why can't I stay home? Why do I have to learn? Why can't I stay the way I am? What's the point of this? Why do things have to be this way? Why can't things be different?

Calvin's Mom (throwing Calvin out the door): Life is full of mysteries, isn't it? See you this afternoon.

Calvin (a
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I had issues with the upside down triangle of opportunity.
Gene
May 11, 2012 Gene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this classic of libertarian thought about 20 years ago, and I'm glad I pulled it back off the shelf and re-read it. I find Murray's analysis to be fascinating because he has not aligned himself with a cause or even with Left or Right positions. He simply goes back to the basics about what government is for and what accomplishes those goals. It's easy to lose sight of these principles in the murky world of day-to-day politics.

Reminding the reader that a legitimate goal of gov't is to
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David Robins
May 09, 2009 David Robins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By focusing on happiness Murray shows that so many of the social programs that purport to do good actually do harm, by isolating individuals and destroying communities; that income transfer is a net detriment, and that communities of free people unimpeded by government (except to prevent force and fraud) would be far closer to utopia than the failed welfare state.
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May 26, 2012 Stefani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For more than just monetary reasons, it's best if the government steps down and communities step up when it comes to solving social problems. The government's job shouldn't be to "(social) engineer" our lives, it should be to remove the impediments to us pursuing our own happiness... with self-esteem/respect, responsibility, effort, etc.
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