Joseph Jarvis, “The Purple World: Healing the Harm in American Health Care” (Scrivener Books, 2018)
Americans pay double what every other developed nation in the world pays for healthcare. Does that mean that we are the healthiest? No. In fact, we are the worst of them all. American healthcare is plagued by things like preventable medical error, high taxes, and the tens of thousands of... Read More
Pat Garofalo, “The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs” (Thomas Dunne, 2019)
Politicians love to woo entertainment corporations to their states and cities through subsidies and tax cities. But Pat Garofalo argues that such incentives waste taxpayer money in The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019). Garofalo details how filmmakers, gambling... Read More
David Colander and Craig Freedman, “Where Economics Went Wrong: Chicago’s Abandonment of Classical Liberalism” (Princeton UP, 2018)
If you are reading this, you have probably run into the “Chicago” model at some point or another, in terms of public policy, orthodox modern finance, macro or micro economics, or any other arena where theoretical abstractions about human behavior (generally but not exclusively about or derived from economics) have... Read More
Darren Barany, “The New Welfare Consensus: Ideological, Political and Social Origins” (SUNY Press, 2018)
The 1996 repeal of Aid to Families with Dependent Children — the New Deal-era relief program for poor women with children — was a seminal moment in the modern history of the US welfare state. That the charge was led by a Democratic president makes it even more noteworthy. Join... Read More
Rick Van Noy, “Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
As climate change politics abound, Dr. Rick Van Noy’s Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (University of Georgia Press, 2019) cuts through it all to get to the core. What matters? People’s experiences with climate forces and how they are managing them now and planning to do so... Read More