October 29, 2009
THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF OUR CONNECTEDNESS. OR, IS IT OUR DISCONNECTEDNESS?
Becker, Gary S. & Richard A. Posner, Uncommon Sense: Economic Insights, From Marriage to Terrorism (Chicago & London: U. of Chicago Press, 2009) (When reading Gary Becker, and especially when reading Richard Posner, if one does not find oneself in the logical and intellectual contradiction of both nodding one's head in agreement while simultaneously shaking one's head in disagreement one has probably not carefully read neither Becker nor Posner. And therein lies the value of this collection of postings and comments from their joint blog: hearty food for thought, especially where they disagree between themselves, or agree in the conclusion but get there by quite different footpaths. An intelligent reader has no recourse but to unpack and questions their premises, think for him/herself and, thus, be transformed.).