I'm not sure I really understand Tyler Cowen's idea here, but I think you have to respect it. In the meantime, if you like his blog, his book -- Discover Your Inner Economist -- won't disappoint. It manages to hit that sweet spot of being like the blog, but not in a way that makes you feel like you've already read it all.

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