The chapter on self-sufficiency as the road to poverty should be printed in all newspapers and be required reading in classrooms.
The insight from this book has touched my life…I would like my daughter’s teachers to adopt this book for material for their debate team.
Americans have been asked to make the choice between the path of increasing protectionism and the road to freer trade. Roberts’s fable puts the reader in the driver’s seat, with the advantages and drawbacks of each route entertainingly but carefully put forth. A tour de force that helps to punch holes in the currently fashionable case for protectionism.
Russell Roberts’s clever allegory clearly points out the fundamental danger threatening free trade: the favoring of the few at the expense of the many. More importantly, he makes a difficult subject understandable…and enjoyable!