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Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Democracy is overrated. Capitalism, on the other hand, doesn't get enough credit. In this provocative and engaging book, John Mueller argues that these mismatches between image and reality create significant political and economic problems--inspiring instability, inefficiency, and widespread cynicism. We would be far better off, he writes, if we recognized that neither ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 31st 1999 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Erika RS
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted this book to make its case well because I think it has an important thesis. The central idea of this book is that capitalism tends to have a worse reputation than it deserves and democracy had a better. In particular, "capitalism actually tends, all other things being equal, systematically, thought not uniformly, to reward business behavior that is honest, fair, civil, and compassionate" and "actual democracy, [is] notable chiefly for discord, inequality, apathy, hasty ...more
Matt
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I came to this book by way of Mueller's partial use of circus history to illustrate his points about capitalism. It's an approach in which I see a lot of potential and hope to use in my own writing. The problem with it in this case is that the author appears to be a lousy historian. He leans heavily on examples from poor and biased sources, most notably the outdated and exalting book _Those Amazing Ringlings and their Circus_ by Gene Plowden (published by Caxton Printers of Caldwell, Idaho in ...more
Patrick Bair
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
An interesting theory, but poorly proved by self-serving platitudes, homilies and bromides. The farther I read, the more trouble I had avoiding the conclusion that I was just wasting my time.
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