Princeton University Press
(May 2018)



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Eric A. Posner, E. Glen Weyl

Uprooting Property and Democracy for a Just Society

Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking--and pretty much all conventional thinking about markets, both for and against?on its head. The book reveals bold new ways to structure markets for the good of everyone. It shows how the emancipatory force of genuinely open, free, and competitive markets can reawaken the dormant nineteenth-century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation.

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl demonstrate why private property is inherently monopolistic, and how we would all be better off if private ownership were converted into a public auction for public benefit. They show how the principle of one person, one vote inhibits democracy, suggesting instead an ingenious way for voters to effectively influence the issues that matter most to them. They argue that every citizen of a host country should benefit from immigration?not just migrants and their capitalist employers. They propose leveraging antitrust laws to liberate markets from the grip of institutional investors and creating a data labor movement to force digital monopolies to compensate people for their electronic data.

Only by radically expanding the scope of markets can we reduce inequality, restore robust economic growth, and resolve political conflicts. But to do that, we must replace our most sacred institutions with truly free and open competition?Radical Markets shows how.

Eric A. Posner is the Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
E. Glen Weyl is principal researcher at Microsoft and visiting senior research scholar in economics and law at Yale University.

E. Glen Weyl's talk at the One Bank Flagship seminar is a fantastic introduction to the ideas in the book:

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One of the most exciting books in social sciences published in the past several years. Very original, using a consistent ideological approach, and intellectually compelling. -- Branko Milanovic, author of Global Inequality


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Perhaps the most ambitious attempt to rethink democracy and markets since Milton Friedman. Twenty years from now this just might be the book people are talking about. The writing is excellent, with great examples and historical detail. I admire the ambiti


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