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By John Tamny

Forbes editor John Tamny makes use of exciting tales from activities, video clips, pop culture, and well-known companies to illustrate the elemental rules of economics. The Rolling Stones, the Dallas Cowboys, and Paris Hilton turn into examples of excellent and undesirable tax coverage. The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, and The Sopranos show the drawback of antitrust rules, whereas the Michigan Wolverines’ 2007 loss to Appalachian kingdom explains why laws frequently fail to accomplish their meant goal. NBA superstar LeBron James’ exploits at the basketball court docket illustrate unfastened exchange and comparative virtue, whereas the cooking of bird wings makes the case for a reliable dollar.

Popular Economics is an everyman’s advisor to how cash quite works—a lesson politicians try out (and fail) to understand each day.

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