*Stubborn Attachments* opening week

I thank all of you buyers and reviewers for making the opening week of Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals such a success.

The book hit #1 in 4 Amazon browse subcategories over the last week:
– Macroeconomics
– Commerce
– Philosophy
– Theory of Economics, and also Comparative Economics

Comments

Congratulations, Tyler!

It's rank is #3000 on Amazon out of all books which is pretty high. Congratulations.

Shooting up like a rocket to #1,700

I wish you had picked a more established publisher. The book is not available at any of the public libraries around me. According to the San Francisco Public Library, the book is not available through any of their vendors.

The book is just $15 and can be at your doorstep in a day or two. Quit complaining.

Congratulations tyler

I will buy it. Usually I get my books off Piratebay but this book is the exception (that proves the rule).

Seems dubiously categorized in "philosophy", I think, but I suppose that's not unusual for Amazon.

Indeed. "Arbitrary ramblings" would be a better category.

we disagree
it is an excellent and coherent philosophy book
and it has footnotes
which is cool

Man, that's creepy. What is it supposed to convey?

Doctor Evil crushing the Earth between his fingers as the Universe bleeds red?

Hahahahaha.

I still have no idea what this book is about

Now you're just being stubborn.

The literary genius Alvo Torelli has also written a work about "stubborn attachments". It is called "The Litte Girl and the SuperGlue" and you can find it here: https://www.asstr.org/~Alvo_Torelli/Stories/LittleGirlAnd/littlegirlsuperglue.html

I'd buy it right away if I had the option to "Add Audible book to your purchase for just $x.xx"

I like to switch back and forth.

Bought it, got an eye infection, cant read it. I am sure it will be either terrible or awesome. I look forward to being thoroughly disgusted or enlightened by it.

Here's a Cowen essay on economic growth that will give one pause: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/14/upshot/the-lack-of-major-wars-may-be-hurting-economic-growth.html

It may not be a popular idea at this blog, but governments can do more than engage in destructive wars. Like building infrastructure for transportation to facilitate industry and economic growth. In my low country community, the prevailing attitude is that government exists to be exploited. Thus, local government is responsive to the needs of growth, especially population growth and the construction of housing. Public facilities, not so much. What all these fine folks don't seem to realize is that soon enough when one flushes the toilet it won't go down, it will go up: our sanitary sewer system is way over capacity, and little is being done to address it other than band aids to keep the sewage flowing and housing construction going. When Hurricane Irma flooded many houses in the area, evacuated residents assumed it was storm surge. Little do they know that it was mostly the result of the storm sewers backing up when the power when out and the electric pumps wouldn't push the water through and out the system. I knew it because I saw it, so I had the perimeter of my house disinfected (my house didn't flood). War, who needs war. What we need are public facilities to promote and handle economic growth. Otherwise, we will be drowning in our own shit.

Arrived in the mail for me yesterday.

"I end this book by reiterating some core claims. Our civilization carries many wonderful plural values. Preserving and extending those values through time should be our priority. Sustainable economic growth elevates living standards and human welfare, and delivers other plural values. The case for a good society, appropriately specified, is sound, and it does not fall prey to the usual problems of utilitarianism or consequentialism. It is permissible to believe in absolute or near-absolute human rights. We can be, and must be, partially utopian in our personal and political commitments. We should not be afraid to think in terms of the big picture, rather than evaluating everything on a case-by-case basis. We should be deeply skeptical of particular instrumental views of what is likely to promote the good."

Tough book to read. Argument is quite elevated. So I read it twice, or at least skimmed it twice.

I have no argument with the conclusions: Wealth makes humans happier. Growth should be environmentally sustainable. And human rights should be enforced and are important.

But I think one major factor is left out.

Humans are crazy. We like to kill other humans. We like to be boss. We do not see far into the future at all.

Good luck getting political support for your arguments.

I enjoyed your book. Glad you wrote it.

Revisiting this just to say a few things.
I have been thinking about society and the nature of different collapses and I think even the pessimistic view of human history does not offer a very good counterargument to Tyler's Thesis for Sustainable Economic Growth.

Imagine a Station Eleven scenario, (if you have not read it you should; the premise is a Shakespeare troop's travels after society collapses.) in which say Louisville is reduced to 300 people. Even in that scenario, I imagine electricity would be working again within 10 years, maybe even fewer depending upon whether you got the right 300 people. Of course, there are some types of collapse where humanity slowly over a century loses the current stockpile of 3000 years of accumulated know-how, but it's really hard for me to assign any probability to that scenario which does not also result in human extinction.

Growth should go forever.

Books are really valuable and a solid high school education should equip people with the tools to rebuild and grow the economy.

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