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fegeldolfy posted on Sat, Jan 5 2013 10:54 PM

Is anyone familiar with the works "On Classical Economics" and "Marxism:Philosophy and Economics" by Thomas Sowell, and if so, do you recommend them?

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I'm not familiar with Marxism, but On Classical Economics is great for my money.

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What did you like about it?

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I've read Marxism and I recommend it.  It's a general overview of Marxism with a critique at the end.

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yes I just found an ebook version of Marxism online. It looks good.

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Raoul replied on Sun, Jan 6 2013 2:21 AM

Rothbard criticizes it in the second volume of his History of Economic Thought. Indeed, Sowell asserts Böhm-Bawerk demonstration's in Karl Marx and the Close of his System is erroneous. According to Rothbard, this passage of Sowell's book was written when the author was still marxist and was not changed since. 

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Sowell... Was a Marxist?

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Yeah,strange isn't it?

I found a RevLeft thread where someone recommended this book. He of course couldn't resist calling Sowell an Uncle Tom though.

 

anyways I'm actually more interested in On Classical Economica because I have no way of previewing it because I may order the paperback from amazon.

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Raoul replied on Sun, Jan 6 2013 5:30 AM

According to wikipedia:

Sowell has stated that he was a Marxist “during the decade of my 20s"; one of his earliest professional publications was a sympathetic examination of Marxist thought vs. Marxist-Leninist practice.[10] His experience working as a federal government intern during the summer of 1960 caused him to reject Marxian economics in favor of free market economic theory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell

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I've already found a copy of Marxism, so now I'm mostly interested in what people think of On Classical Economics.

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