Books

"Does the Economics Department Rule the World?"

Even at this late date it still amuses me that some people think academic economists have tremendous power.

The title of his book indicates that it will be a broad attack on social science. In reality, it is largely an attack on social scientists, most often conservative and libertarian ones, that he does not like. Among his list of evildoers is Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan, Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, Steven Levitt, Tyler Cowen, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Steven Pinker, James Q. Wilson, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, and Richard Dawkins (not a social scientist but he makes Blakeley’s cut anyway). These scholars are then blamed for a long list of sins including, among many others, the housing bubble and crash, something he calls the “market polis,” the management ethos, online dating, inequality, the capitalist hellscape of Blade Runner he says we are living in, broken-windows policing, the war on terror, and democratic peace theory. Conservatives, it appears, should take heart. Despite their vanishingly small numbers in higher education, they have still managed to ruin the world.


New book, free for four more days

A reader of this humble blog, Reuben Moore, has written a book on the real estate business, The Competent Broker: Seeking Competence and Integrity in the Real Estate Business. A Kindle eBook version is free through Thursday using this link. The book's intended audiences are as follows:

People who are thinking about entering the market either as buyers or sellers or both. First time buyers or sellers. Or, perhaps you have had a less-than-ideal experience in the past. And now, you are seeking a better experience.

People thinking about getting a real estate license, or newly-minted brokers just finding your way. Hopefully you will read this work along side of more conventional material. And you can judge the probity of this work for yourself.

Disaffected brokers, who see the business clearly. Perhaps you are dissatisfied with the status quo and are seeking a better way. I hope you will find this work candid and refreshing. 

Reuben is the Broker-in-Charge of Brick and Garden Real Estate, providing real estate services in the Greater Raleigh NC area. Their very nice website is here.