Friday, September 28, 2007

I am defeated

In my entire life to this point, I can only remember one time when I have started a book that I was not able to finish (Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason). It is time to add another book to that list, however: Benjamin Friedman's The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth. The basic theory that the author posits (that when economic growth is stronger, the classic liberal idea of the 'moral society' is also stronger) seems sound on its face, but what has defeated me is the 400+ pages of 8-point historical evidence to back the theory. Almost 200 pages in, and we have finally left the American Experience to delve into the British one. At this point I just can't take any more, so I'm reading Dragonlance, instead.

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