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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Block Narrator: Jeff Riggenbac Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Professor Block's book is among the most famous of the great defenses of victimless crimes and controversial economic practices, from profiteering and gouging to bribery and blackmail. However, beneath the surface, this book is also an outstanding work of microeconomic theory that explains the workings of economic forces in everyday events and affairs.

Murray Rothbard explains why: Defending the Undefendable performs the service of highlighting, in the fullest and starkest terms, the essential nature of the productive services performed by all people in the free market. By taking the most extreme examples and showing how the Smithian principles work even in these cases, the book does far more to demonstrate the workability and morality of the free market than a dozen sober tomes on more respectable industries and activities. By testing and proving the extreme cases, he all the more illustrates and vindicates the theory.

F.A. Hayek agreed, writing the author as follows: Looking through Defending the Undefendable made me feel that I was once more exposed to the shock therapy by which, more than fifty years ago, the late Ludwig von Mises converted me to a consistent free market position. Even now I am occasionally at first incredulous and feel that 'this is going too far,' but usually find in the end that you are right. Some may find it too strong a medicine, but it will still do them good even if they hate it. A real understanding of economics demands that one disabuses oneself of many dear prejudices and illusions. Popular fallacies in economics frequently express themselves in unfounded prejudices against other occupations, and in showing the falsity of these stereotypes you are doing a real service, although you will not make yourself more popular with the majority.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Void lon iXaarii | 8/26/2013

    " While undoubtedly the author is very smart I'm afraid he defends for the sake of defending, as opposed to being fair and trying to get to the bottom of truths. His effort and verbal skills are still appreciated but while they do have some good points I saw also some slight of hand type things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Robins | 7/28/2013

    " Excellent economic analysis of many much-vilified professions and roles. Not only does it defend these roles, but it goes above and beyond to discuss general economic principles of a free market and a hypothetical free society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keith Brooks | 2/23/2013

    " Block is crazy but in a fun kind of way. I didn't agree with everything in this book but agreed with enough of it to give it 4 stars . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed | 2/13/2013

    " Provoking, but nevertheless accurate in his analysis. This truly is defending the undefendable. Put your prejudices to one side and open up your mind. "

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