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Praise for Economix
“I just cannot stress enough how amazing this book is.”
–James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com
“It’s simply phenomenal.”
– David Bach, author of Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire
“Goodwin has done the seemingly impossible–he has made economics comprehensible and funny.”
– Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
“An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information. What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject”
– John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
“Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.”
– Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University
Mother Jones today has one more reason not to buy bottled water: It’s coming from the most drought-afflicted regions of the country.
I’m not saying never buy it. If it’s hot, you’re thirsty, and there are no water fountains nearby, it can make sense to spend $1.50 for a bottle of water. It’s healthier than Coke, after all.
But seriously, if you’re buying it more than occasionally, stop. A little bit of planning (and filtering if the tapwater in your area doesn’t taste great) saves you money and doesn’t take water from where people actually need it.
Writing Economix took a lot of work—I started in earnest in 2004 and the book wasn’t published till 2012—and the whole time I had a rather loud voice in my head telling me that I was simply throwing away my life.
At some point during those years I came across Stephen Notley’s brilliant Bob the Angry Flower. One comic, called “Rhetorical Flair,” especially spoke to me.
I recently contacted Notley about buying the original art, and soon afterward it showed up at my house. And it’s great! It’s much larger and more awesome than I had any right to expect. Check it out: