When I began reading the description of the book, it sounded quite interesting, and to some extent it still does. However, when I got to the section that listed these supposed "conventional" wisdoms, I asked the question, when are these considered conventional thoughts? Here is a list of the topics discussed in the book:
- Our kids will earn more than we do.
- Free trade is always good, no matter who gets hurt.
- Employers should be responsible for health coverage.
- Taxes hurt the economy.
- Schools are a local matter.
- Money follows merit.
We can already tell from the last portion of the point where they say: ... no matter who gets hurt.
It would be just as easy for them to say: Free trade is not always good, no matter who benefits. By using the original wording, they are making it implicitly clear that people are hurt by free trade, why ignoring the fact that some people benefit from free trade.
While I can guess that I would not agree with Mr. Millers view points, I would still find some of the topics he brings up could be quite interesting. Too bad I won't be able to go to the seminar.