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Freedomnomics by John R. Lott Jr.
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Dec 27, 2009

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Freedomnomics is positioned as a rebuttal to Freakonomics and an advocation of free markets, however it turns out to be more than it claims. Lott uses sound reasoning coupled with statistics to show how “progressiveness,” a nice word for Liberal Politics, has eroded the traditional family values of our country for the worse. He also shows how gun control laws have increased crime and how the death penalty is responsible for the crime reduction of the 1990s. He does however, make excellent arguments for free markets, but that is hardly the focus of his book. My favorite is Lott's extensive sourcing which contrasts against other authors who print statistics and stories without any references. Overall, one of the best works on behavioral economics I have seen.

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