The new Worstall book


Available at Amazon here, in paperback.

20 little essays looking at economic fallacies: from both left and right. Fallacies are fallacious, after all.

Or here at

Might be on Kindle at some future date, might not be. The next book after this will be Kindle only I think…..

31 comments on “The new Worstall book

  1. I don’t think I’ll buy it until Ritchie has reviewed it. That way I’ll get double the pleasure from reading it with his commentary to hand.

  2. List of fallacies

    Fallacy 1: Infinite growth in a finite system is impossible Fallacy 2: We’re going to run out of mineral reserves in this coming generation Fallacy 3: The Labour Theory of Value Fallacy 4: Economics Can Tell Us The Solutions To Our Problems Fallacy 5: Companies Should Pay More Taxes Fallacy 6: We’re Successful At Trade Only If We Make Lots Of Exports Fallacy 7: Government Should Provide Goods And Services Because These Are The Things The Public Wants Fallacy 8: The risks of climate change mean that we should spend anything to prevent a 2ºC rise in temperature Fallacy 9: Neoliberal globalisation has only benefitted the rich: inequality is rising as a result Fallacy 10: Creating jobs is a benefit of doing something Fallacy 11: Developing countries should protect their infant industries Fallacy 12: Margaret Thatcher destroyed industry in the UK Fallacy 13: The Easterlin Paradox shows that more money doesn’t make people happier Fallacy 14: The value that a company provides to an economy is defined by how much it pays in taxes Fallacy 15: Financial speculation in food should be banned Fallacy 16: The lump of labour fallacy Fallacy 17: Globalisation is bad for the environment Fallacy 18: Markets can solve every problem: there’s no need for regulation at all Fallacy 19: But what can we trade if everyone is better at making everything than we are? Fallacy 20: The Laffer Curve shows that tax cuts always pay for themselves

  3. dearieme

    1 Used from £19.92
    4 New from £9.99″

    That can happen. There is a trading strategy for relatively rare books of setting your price marginally higher
    than another on Amazon. The idea
    is that you don’t sell too cheap where you don’t really know the price. It can even be automated. But if two traders both do it, the price goes up indefinitely. Some (say) £50 worth second hand books got priced at thousands.

  4. Markets can solve every problem: there’s no need for regulation at all Fallacy

    It was all looking so good until Fallacy 18.

  5. I’m in. Take a few days to pick some others so I get free shipping, but I’m in.

    Tim, you were to work on some bigger book. Where’s that stand?

  6. You can go to the Amazon page and click on the “I’d like to read this on Kindle” if it makes you feel better.

  7. Apparently, 200 years ago today, you guys did a pretty good job burning down Washington DC.

    So, anyone interested in taking a tour of our capital’s gas stations?

  8. Disappointing that none of the fallacies are about or mention R Murphy given that his views take up such a high proportion of the postings on this blog

  9. How many of the 23 things are in the 20 book? Which of the two should I request a signed copy of.

  10. Another vote for Kindle.

    Or, if you like, I’ll wire you a tenner and you can email the epub. Cut out the middle man.

  11. Yet another request for a non-dead-tree format. Don’t care whether it’s Kindle, PDF, epub, html… though if it isn’t kindle or epub then a distinct preference for no DRM to reduce the hoops I need to jump through to read it the way I want to.

  12. I was going to buy one and then lend/give it to a friend.

    You’d obviously prefer I instead buy two copies.

    Let’s split the difference – I’ll recommend it to him.

    P.S – If it had been priced at £6.99 I would have bought two. So much for Fallacy 20 eh?

  13. Please put it on the kobo. If for no other reason then as an author you want people to have two choices for people to buy books from. I am sure you can argue why better than I!

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