2.8.19

IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER.

Under socialism, what there is makes light beer look good.
“In Cuba, there were only two types of beer, almost the same in alcohol content and both tasted like skunky Budweiser. In North Korea, it was just god awful,” [Robert] Lawson, who is also the director of the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, told Fox News. “And, in Venezuela, the country has basically run out of beer because the government planners couldn’t import enough barley.”
That reminds me of the story of widespread bad-hair days in Poland, because the planners neglected to allocate any steel for bobby pins.

With all manner of phony socialisms en vogue these days, Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World might be just the corrective.  "'Socialism is a disaster everywhere it has been tried, historical evidence illustrates this,' added Lawson. 'The freer the country is, the more it prospers.'"

The book is co-authored by Mr Lawson and Benjamin Powell of Texas Tech's Free Market Institute.  The title, and some of the presentation, sound like we get a more social-scientific version of a P. J. O'Rourke travelogue, with humor accompanying the economics.
It’s called Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink their Way Through the Unfree World. You will laugh out loud on page after page. You will thrill in the adventures. You will guffaw at the sheer silliness of what these two dudes do and what they find. You will wish you had been with them but be very grateful that they both took time to write it all down. 
Jeffrey Tucker continues his endorsement.
Listen, this is a truly fun book but it doesn’t neglect serious economics. You can learn a tremendous amount of theory and history from these two masters of the craft– and also discover how to have a great time while trying to alert the world to what is the single most important choice we face in the entire world today: freedom or government control.

I highly recommend this delightful romp. At the end, you can tell people that you took a course in comparative economics, while learning a tremendous amount about beer.
We'll see if the economics establishment takes notice. (Yes, there is such an establishment. When is the last time anyone with a Texas Tech or Southern Methodist affiliation served as a vice president of the American Economic Association, for openers?)  The prestige publications continue to be an outlet for High Theory In Justification of Technocracy.  And don't let the process worshippers in Student Affairs discover that a textbook (even as a supplemental reading) has something nice to say about beer.

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