The Big Myth : How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market

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    The bestselling authors of Merchants of Doubt offer a profound, startling history of one of America's most tenacious-and destructive-false ideas: the myth of the "free market."

    "A carefully researched work of intellectual history, and an urgently needed political analysis." —Jane Mayer

    “[A] scorching indictment of free market fundamentalism . . . and how we can change, before it’s too late.”—Esquire, Best Books of Winter 2023

    In their bestselling book Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway revealed the origins of climate change denial. Now, they unfold the truth about another disastrous dogma: the “magic of the marketplace.”

    In the early 20th century, business elites, trade associations, wealthy powerbrokers, and media allies set out to build a new American orthodoxy: down with “big government” and up with unfettered markets. With startling archival evidence, Oreskes and Conway document campaigns to rewrite textbooks, combat unions, and defend child labor. They detail the ploys that turned hardline economists Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman into household names; recount the libertarian roots of the Little House on the Prairie books; and tune into the General Electric-sponsored TV show that beamed free-market doctrine to millions and launched Ronald Reagan's political career.

    By the 1970s, this propaganda was succeeding. Free market ideology would define the next half-century across Republican and Democratic administrations, giving us a housing crisis, the opioid scourge, climate destruction, and a baleful response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Only by understanding this history can we imagine a future where markets will serve, not stifle, democracy.

    The book, The Big Myth : How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market [Bulk, Wholesale, Quantity] ISBN# 9781635573572 in Hardcover by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway may be ordered in bulk quantities. Minimum starts at 25 copies. Availability based on publisher status and quantity being ordered.
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    Shipping Weight 2.04 LBS
    Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
    ISBN-13 9781635573572
    Pages 576
    Format Hardcover
    Publication Date 02/21/2023
    Language English
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