April, 2015

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

William Easterly
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In Tryanny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, William Easterly sets out to right an economic wrong. He does so by engaging the opposing ideas of the joint recipients of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economics, Gunnar Myrdal and F.A. Hayek. Their ideas have created an economic development divide with Myrdal spearheading the authoritarian technical development view and Hayek leading the free individuals development movement. Easterly draws on the last six decades of economic research to provide a critique of the authoritarian view in favor of individual rights perspective. And he does so in his usual entertaining, snarky, brilliant and poetic style. 

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