Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NZ's own Spirit Level

Tomorrow New Zealand's version of The Spirit Level will be released.

 “This book is a timely addition to the work of British Health researchers Wilkinson and Pickett, Sir Michael Marmott, the New Economics Foundation historian Tony Judt, economist Joseph Stiglitz and others, which demonstrates beyond doubt that income inequality is causally related to many of society’s social ills..."

The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact checking the Left's New Theory of Everything can be found here.

A review:

 "If you haven’t read a book that made you laugh out loud on the bus or the Tube in a while, try Christopher Snowdon’s superb release, The Spirit Level Delusion. But the book’s subtle humour is not the reason I am recommending it. The Spirit Level Delusion is, above all, a book that delivers and goes well beyond the promise of its subtitle – 'fact-checking the left’s new theory of everything'... It may well be that the next big battle for a free society will be fought against the new anti-wealth egalitarianism. Christopher Snowdon has provided defenders of freedom with powerful ammunition."
— Kristian Niemietz, Institute of Economic Affairs


Eric Crampton said...

Egads. Depressing that anybody still cites Spirit Level positively. Andrew Leigh, no raving neolib, also rather thoroughly debunked it.

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CorrectGuy said...

I remember having a long argument with a couple of green party activists on Facebook about the Spirit Level book - they held it to be absolute gospel.

Just ordered a copy of the Spirit Level Delusion via Amazon. Thanks Lindsay for highlighting this, looking forward to reading it.