Very little of the content of this book has appeared on Marginal Revolution. It contains my thoughts on the death of American restlessness, what is happening with segregation by race and income, how we have become a nation of “matchers,” why crime rates will move up, the ultimate sociological roots of the economic great stagnation, why Steven Pinker is probably wrong about world peace, what we can learn from the riots and violence of the 1960s, why the bureaucratization of protest matters, marijuana vs. cocaine vs. heroin, in which significant way gdp statistics really do under-measure productivity, the importance of cyclical theories of history, and what Tocqueville got right and wrong about America.
And much more! Most of all it is about why the future will be a scary place.
I also am making a special offer for those who pre-order the work. Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or my gmail), and tell me you have pre-ordered The Complacent Class, and I’ll send you a free copy of another work by me — about 45,000 words — on the foundations of a free society.
I have been revising this second one for over fifteen years, and it is called Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. It is finally ready.
You will receive links to an on-line version with images, a pdf with images, and a plain vanilla pdf for Kindle.
In that work, I outline a true and objectively valid case for a free and prosperous society, and consider the importance of economic growth for political philosophy, how and why the political spectrum should be reconfigured, how we should think about existential risk, what is right and wrong in Parfit and Nozick and Singer and effective altruism, how to get around the Arrow Impossibility Theorem, to what extent individual rights can be absolute, how much to discount the future, when redistribution is justified, whether we must be agnostic about the distant future, and most of all why we need to “think big.”
These are my final thoughts on those topics. And to be fair, this is likely to come out someday as a more traditional book, but that will not happen soon as I have not shopped it around to any publisher. So if you pre-order The Complacent Class, you’ll get what is an advance and also free copy of Stubborn Attachments.
Are you feeling down because of the political conventions? Or maybe you’re feeling down because of me? This is exactly the bracing and optimistic tonic you need. These two works, taken as a whole, cover where we are at and also where we need to go.
Addendum: If you are a member of the media and would like to receive a review copy of THE COMPLACENT CLASS (St. Martin’s Press; On-sale: February 28, 2017), please contact Gabrielle Gantz: email@example.com; or 646-307-5698.