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Railroading Economics

The Creation of the Free Market Mythology

By Michael Perelman

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| Paperback | 9781583671351

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Most economic theory assumes a pure capitalism of perfect competition. This book is a penetrating critique of the rhetoric and practice of conventional economic theory. It explores how even in the United States—the most capitalist of countries—the ma Continue

Most economic theory assumes a pure capitalism of perfect competition. This book is a penetrating critique of the rhetoric and practice of conventional economic theory. It explores how even in the United States—the most capitalist of countries—the market has always been subject to numerous constraints.

Perelman examines the way in which these constraints have been defended by such figures as Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, and Herbert Hoover, and were indeed essential to the expansion of U.S. capitalism. In the process, he rediscovers the critical element in conservative thought that has been lost in the neoliberals present. This important and original historical reconstruction points the way to a discipline of economics freed from the mythology of the market.

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 224 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1583671358
  • ISBN-13: 9781583671351
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publish date: 2006-06-01
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 967 mm x 1,418 mm
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