23 Things We Are Telling You About Capitalism

The e-book est finally arrivee. Based on that series I did for the ASI about Ha Joon Chang’s book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.

A critical look at what he’s saying from a free market perspective. Not surprisingly, there’s a large amount of divergence between our views….

37 thoughts on “23 Things We Are Telling You About Capitalism”

  1. Maybe, there’s definitely some printed. If you ask Sam Bowman at the ASI nicely he might even post you one.

  2. £6.45 for an 68-page e-book, or nearly 10p a page, rather at the pricey end of the spectrum. Capitalism in action, some might say…

    BTW will there be a Kindle version of the 20 Fallacies book soon?

  3. Well, I bought it but I agree – pricey. Would probably think twice next time. You should try to experiment with the price point Tim. I think you’d sell more at a lower price.

  4. There is a kindle version already made but the publisher doesn’t want to release it until we have a “proper book launch”. So I’ve no idea at all when that might be.

  5. Yep, pricey for the pages, but I’ve stopped thinking about books and games as objects and started considering then as experiences.
    So £6.40 for an hour’s entertainment. It’d cost me that in coffee for an hour.

    Two typos in first two chapters. Tut.

    Tell your publisher that they’re missing out on sales.

  6. bloke (not) in spain

    I was under the impression it’s the second to last syllable gets stressed in English. So possibly there never were.

  7. It reads like your other stuff; snide and falsely-entitled. And the typos are glaring. If it were Murphy, those would be crucified and argued “who are the idiots that proof this nonsense” etc.

    Clearly you don’t understand the real world, you know, the one where shareholders want an increase in their holding no matter what, giving free rein to whatever that entails.

    You also have a scant knowledge of the wider finance industry and how it isn’t anything to do with the real world, you know, the one that is screwing markets for their own ends. Markets are not free, you are right, but they’re not controlled and regulated by your enemies-of-thought, but rather the users and beneficiaries creating their best outcomes.

    You are as far away from the real world, you know, most of the real world, as you can get, and you say it like the snide tosser in the foyer of a hotel before a conference of twats.


  8. Sorry, that was a bit mean of me. I have a disappointing life in many respects, and sometimes it gets to me. Apologies to all.

  9. Sorry, I’m such a tool not to have spotted such a gormless trick. If everyone started doing this…

    also sorry about the lack of the possesive apostrophe.

  10. Gary – most noteworthy comment of the thread, albeit the bar is low.

    Arnald – it may be that my irony radar is off-beam, but was your second comment sincere? I ask because I sometimes enjoy the Spikemilliganesque quallities of your prose style, and I think there’s a sort of honesty to you, interspersed it must be said with an appreciation of what seems to be (at best) your Asperger’sy qualities, and also because occasionally you write things that are worth being written. And I sincerely hate to think of you sitting there, wherever there might be, toying with a revolver and a tumbler of whisky, in defence of Ritchie or of your occasionally principled desire to face down us changing room bullies.

    On the other hand, if it was insincere, then feel free to the decent thing.

    No need to reply, unless you feel the urge, but do keep coming back.

  11. @edward thank you

    Pot kettle klaxon: Chapter 11 “as to make me wonder whether Chang was proofread before publication.”

  12. @Edward

    Yes it was me. I am unhappy because my job involves stacking shelves at the channel islands Tescos. However my boss tells me I will soon be in top shelf management.

  13. Edward Lud

    No, I only posted once. Someone else is doing the others, obviously. It is the most lowly trick on anonymous comments boards, which is why a lot of them use ‘gravatars’ or similar, so you can tell who’s who if they use the same email add. for each post. But I guess we all know that.

    Ho hum

  14. @Tim

    The price point experiment has failed with me. GBP 6.45 for an e-book with virtually zero marginal cost of delivery is absurd – there’s not a chance in hell that the profit maximizing price point is there…

  15. @Matt Hardwick

    Three of the top ten Kindle ebooks are priced at £6.99, and of the others some are old (eg Gone Girl) and started out a lot pricier than they are (ie they sold a lot of copies at higher prices before the publishers reduced them to appeal to late adopters or whatever the equivalent is book-wise).

  16. The more depressing book is his Pelican Introduction.
    Anyone reading it (without a basic knowledge of economics) would get the idea that left wing economics has basically supplanted all other forms as the now accepted truth.

    Given it’s audience I can see a lot of clueless people swallowing it hook line and sinker.
    Tim – What about the ASI making a response book to the Pelican intro….?

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