Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World

Univ. of Chicago. Oct. 2020. 232p. ISBN 9780226739663. $25. BUS
This book pulls together in one volume the major thoughts and concepts and history of the Bourgeois Deal and historical events that led to it. McCloskey (Bourgeois Equality) and Carden (economics, Samford Univ.) describe the “tsunami of betterment,” which led to a growth in innovation as well as an increase of income by 3,000 percent. The roots of this movement began with a “combination of happy accidents...led ordinary people to revalue the bourgeoisie and embrace dissent with modification.” McCloskey and Carden write, “our point and the point of the Bourgeois Deal is that the world can...escape poverty, nastiness, and brutishness.” They include the aforementioned events that led to revaluation of the virtues of the Bourgeois Deal. They describe things that affected change in ethics, philosophy, and ideology. Also analyzed are the contributions of leading thinkers including economists and philosophers, notably Adam Smith. It includes bibliographical references for further reading.
VERDICT This thought-provoking work is recommended for economics faculty and students, and researchers in economics and history to “think differently” about these respected disciplines.

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