Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is the director of the William J. O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. Dr. Lawson is a founding co-author of the Economic Freedom of the World (Fraser Institute) series of annual reports, which presents an economic freedom index for over 160 countries. The report is cited frequently in the international press including in The Economist. Lawson has also written or edited two books and over 90 journal articles, book chapters, and policy studies. His popular writing has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Investors Business Daily, The Columbus Dispatch, and numerous other outlets. Benjamin Powell is the director of the Free Market Institute and a professor of economics in the Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. He is the author or editor of five books and the author of more than 75 scholarly articles and policy studies. His research findings have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His popular writing has appeared in Investor's Business Daily, The Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many large city newspapers. He has appeared on numerous radio and television outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on FOX Business Network's Stossel and Freedom Watch.
What is `socialism'? And do countries that overindulge in it wake up with bad hangovers? You bet they do. Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell give you the hair-of-the-dog cure. They provide a dose of political economy knowledge mixed with an understanding of the bene ts of economic freedom, add a strong dash of humor, and top it off with a cold beer. Have a Bob & Ben Eye-Opener and you'll feel like (and live in a place where you can make) a million dollars! -- P.J. O'Rourke * author of #1 New York Times bestseller Parliament of Whores * Professors Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell do a yeomen's job in proving that socialism sucks, the apt title for their new book. They show why there's no stampede into countries like Venezuela and Cuba and other socialist darlings of the U.S. leftists. What's more, over a couple of drinks, Lawson and Powell prove that Sweden is not as socialistic as portrayed by our leftists. -- Walter E. Williams * professor of economics, George Mason University * What a captivating idea Socialism Sucks embraces! A worldwide tour guide written in plain English by two high-end economists. An invasion of the world's most highly regulated hot spots where they can't even ef ciently produce or distribute something as simple and lovable as beer. A down-to-earth, almost fable-like lesson showing socialism's failures for all the world to see. And it even has some sidesplitting hilarity thrown in. I knew these guys were great; but I didn't know this side of them. Buy this book. Give it to your children and grandchildren, and to anyone who touts the nonsense-now fashionable in some American circles-that government power somehow produces more happiness than personal liberty. -- Judge Andrew Napolitano * Fox News *