Posted: Sep 23, 2013 12:44 pm
by Newmark
I recently came across a comic book at the local library, titled Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works*. It proclaims itself to be an introduction to economics and economic history, along with a description of the sources of some of the problems the world faces today. Being a layperson in economics, I found it an interesting and illuminating read. However, since the political views that the book promotes are quite close to my own, my "too good to be true"-sense has started tingling, but I'm not competent enough in the field to evaluate its veracity.

Has anyone here read it? Is it factually correct, or is Goodwin just making it up? Does he omit important parts of economics, and are the quotes he has (from e.g. Smith, Marx, Keynes) given in proper context? Are there any well-founded conservative (or other) rebuttals?

*(Goodwin, Michael and Burr, Dan E. (2012) Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures. New York: Abrams ComicArts. 0810988399)