A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Microeconomics
Mainstream textbooks present economics as an objective science free from value judgments. The Anti-Textbook argues that this is a myth-one that is not only dangerously misleading but also bland and boring. Challenging the mainstream textbooks’ assumptions, arguments, models and evidence, this book puts the controversy and excitement back into economics to reveal a fascinating and a vibrant field of study-one which is more an ‘art of persuasion’ than it is a science. Paralleling a typical textbook, each chapter provides a brief synopsis of the topic at hand before presenting an analysis and critique. Drawing on the work of leading economists, the Anti-Textbook lays bare the blind spots in the texts and their sins of omission and commission by demonstrating the hidden value judgments and lack of evidence, as well as the silencing of contrary evidence and alternative theories.