The Mises Review: Book Reviews from 2020
The Mises Review was a quarterly review of the literature in economics, politics, philosophy, and law which was edited by David Gordon.
As we prepare for 2021, here is a collection of Dr. Gordon’s book reviews from the past year. Each article features his piercing Rothbardian insight into some of the most important new books of 2020.
War: How Conflict Shaped Us
By Margaret MacMillan
Random House. 312 pages.
MacMillan’s book provides many insights into the true vileness of war, although she strays into some dangerous areas when she accepts the faulty economic notion that wars bring economic benefits through government spending.
Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
By Andreas Malm. Verso. 215 pages.
“The race to zero [carbon emissions] would have to be coordinated through control measures—rationing, reallocating, requisitioning, sanctioning, ordering” and much more.
Re-reading Economics in Literature: A Capitalist Critical Perspective
By Matt Spivey. Lexington Books. 133 pages.
Matt Spivey continues the pioneering work of Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox in bringing sound economics to the analysis of literature.
Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union
By Richard Kreitner. Little, Brown. 486 pages.
Secession and division are hot topics today. With red and blue states deeply at odds, subsidiarity may replace ideology as the great political issue of the twenty-first century in America.
The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return
By Michael Anton. Regnery Publishing. 441 pages.
Anton’s rhetorical talents are remarkable, and I urge everyone to read his book.
Tomorrow the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy
By Stephen Wertheim. Harvard University Press. 255 pages.
In this outstanding study, Stephen Wertheim shows that both views that dominate American foreign policy are wrong. In doing so, he vindicates for our time the merits of a noninterventionist foreign policy.
The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
By Michael J. Sandel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 272 pages.
If you think that it up to people themselves to decide whom they wish to associate with, I am afraid that in Sandel’s mind, you are an elitist guilty of hubris.
Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making beyond the Numbers
By John Kay and Mervyn King. Norton, 2020. 528 pages
There is almost never clear evidence that a theory’s predictions are false. You can always adjust something in the theory to make it come out true, and that
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