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The Struggle for a Better World

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In The Struggle for a Better World, Peter J. Boettke explores how the social sciences, and political economy in particular, help us understand society and its institutions of governance. Boettke advances an approach for understanding, articulating, and pursuing a coherent and consistent vision of a society of free and responsible individuals who may prosper through voluntary participation in the market and their communities. In this volume, a collection of addresses, lectures, and papers over the past two decades, Boettke articulates ideas which, if consistently pursued, can help fulfill liberalism’s emancipatory promise to advance human flourishing and overcome adversity caused by economic, social, and political injustice and repression. Boettke advocates for liberal cosmopolitanism,

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In The Struggle for a Better World, Peter J. Boettke explores how the social sciences, and political economy in particular, help us understand society and its institutions of governance. Boettke advances an approach for understanding, articulating, and pursuing a coherent and consistent vision of a society of free and responsible individuals who may prosper through voluntary participation in the market and their communities. In this volume, a collection of addresses, lectures, and papers over the past two decades, Boettke articulates ideas which, if consistently pursued, can help fulfill liberalism’s emancipatory promise to advance human flourishing and overcome adversity caused by economic, social, and political injustice and repression. Boettke advocates for liberal cosmopolitanism, grounded in the principles of equality, justice, and liberty, and the basic recognition that all people are dignified equals, as the best hope for a better world.

Endorsements:

“In his deep and eloquent book, Boettke makes the case for liberalism—‘liberalism’ understood not as ‘tentative socialism’ but in its root meaning, of a society without slaves. No subordination of women to men, adult children to fathers, subjects to tyrants. But it is not in Boettke’s vision cruel. His liberalism is generous and openhanded and respectful, willing to listen, really listen, in an age of closed ears. Open yours, and read his book.” — Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author of Why Liberalism Works

“Peter Boettke succeeds in integrating the best scholarly ideas from more than two centuries into a coherent narrative explaining the condition that Western societies are in today. He also clarifies the opportunities we have to escape the worst tendencies of our age. This book is an excellent melding of solid scholarship with analysis of today’s urgent public concerns.” — Mario J. Rizzo, Associate Professor of Economics and Director, Foundations of the Market Economy Program, New York University; Co-Author of Escaping Paternalism

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Economic and Political Liberalism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
1. The Battle of Ideas: Economics and the Struggle for a Better World
2. Economics and Public Administration
3. Liberty vs. Power in Economic Policy in the 20th and 21st Centuries
4. What Happened to “Efficient Markets”?
5. Is State Intervention in the Economy Inevitable?
6. Why Does Government Overspend? Because It Has Too Much Power
7. The Role of the Economist in a Free Society
8. Don’t Be a “Jibbering Idiot”: Economic Principlesand the Properly Trained Economist
9. Information and Knowledge: Austrian Economics in Search of Its Uniqueness
10. What Should Classical Liberal Political Economists Do?
11. Context, Continuity, and Truth: Theory, History, and Political Economy
12. Fearing Freedom: The Intellectual and Spiritual Challenge to Liberalism
13. Rebuilding the Liberal Project
14. The Reception of Free to Choose and the Problem of the Tacit Presuppositions of Political Economy
15. Competition, Discovery, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Case for International Liberalism in Our Time
16. Pessimistically Optimistic about the FutureConclusion: Liberalism, Socialism, and Our Future
Conclusion: Liberalism, Socialism, and Our Future
About the Author
Index

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