Thursday, April 30, 2009

What I am Reading: Inclined to Liberty through Scribd.com

While searching for something else I found this book through Scribd.com. Scribd looks like a great site and the account is free. Apparently, I can read what others have written and uploaded to Scribd.com and anyone can upload their work there as well.


The book is Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit by Louis A. Carabini. Having only read a few chapters I recommend it. My last post in March was titled Capitalism is Dying partly because of the threats to liberty that seem to be so accepted now and partly because all around me I hear the anti-capitalist rhetoric. This book is designed to help all of us to counter the anti-capitalist rhetoric. Again I recomment you read it.


You have options. You might order one from Amazon.com or you might try out Scribd.com. I am embeding the book from them below. I hope it works in the format of this blog, but if not you can click through and go directly to Scribd.com to find it. I have not tried to save the book in a way I can use my pen for markup, but the full screen format is great for reading on my Tablet PC.


I love finding more ways to find books on economics and technology. Try Scribd.com.


Important: Scribd.com clearly states on it's website that it is for works that the uploaders own. A quick search on google shows that there are publishers fighting them as well as publishers that favor them. This book is loaded by the publisher (as best I can tell) and it then is honest to use it in this way. It appears a terrific social website and a great use of Web2.0 technology. Their big contribution is their iPaper technology.




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Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit


Inclined to Liberty: The Futile Attempt to Suppress the Human Spirit Ludwig von Mises Institute We are surrounded every day by anti-capitalist clich├ęs. We encounter them in casual conversation constantly among family, friends, and casual talks at the store or church, to say nothing of the media.Famed investor and businessman Louis Carabini, the founder of Monex, has been hearing this all his life. He wrote this book to answer the critics of the free market in a way that they could understand and accept. His overriding theme is that all attacks on capitalism are an attack on liberty and the human spirit. His argument is that these attacks are futile. They backfire and don’t work to achieve socially desirable ends.There are two ideological tendencies: to be inclined toward liberty (letting others live their lives in any peaceful way) or to be inclined toward mastery (permitting others to live only as another sees fit).The topics he deals with include all of the most familiar: income inequality, CEO pay, the need to redistribute wealth, the need for government to create jobs, the limits to growth, the need to tax some particular industry, the need to end inheritance, the problem of materialism and capitalism, the need for more money, the lure of democratic decision making, the problem of luxury, and many other such issues.Carabini has a patience about his prose. He explains the economics. He explains the ethics. He explains the politics. And he always returns to the central theme of the human spirit. Every attack on capitalism masks the desire to rule others through force. It is a great theme in the history of classical liberal writing but Carabini brings it up to date for our times.If you are vexed by anti-capitalists’ attacks all around you, this book provides vast amounts of intellectual ammunition to deal with it. It is also an excellent book to give someone who just can’t seem to understand the merit of economic liberty.112 pages, paperback, 2008.