Book of Letters-to-the-Editor

by Don Boudreaux on June 4, 2011

in Books, Economics

Sometime next year (probably in May 2012) a book of 100 of my best letters-to-the-editor will be published, in both paper and e-book form. The publisher and I (with the help of Jim Tusty and Bob Chitester at Free To Choose Network) are now in the process of winnowing down nearly 5,000 letters to 100.

The plan is to have a letter on the left-hand page and, on the right-hand page across from the letter, some new material that relates somehow to the letter – for example, a cartoon; an updating of any data that might be in the letter; an especially interesting reaction to the letter; etc.

I welcome from you any suggestions you have for which of my letters are good candidates to be included in the book.

I welcome also suggestions for the book’s title.


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foxmarks June 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

“How will you free-ride on this, Daniel Kuehn?”

“Petitions to the Fourth Estate”

“Sir, I Believe You are Mistaken”

“Next Time, Get it Right”

John; Oceanside, CA June 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Nearly every single one of your letters sends in into about 30-40 minutes of web surfing. I recommend that your book include lots of links.

It seems to me that there will be a section just dedicated to Paul Krugman. I imagine 20 letters? And what about the other lights at the Grey Lady: Kristol, Freidman, et al? Are you sure that you should keep it to 100 letters?

wsanman June 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

One of my all-time fave letters is “Who Pitches In”…

An excerpt:

“First, in market economies incomes aren’t “distributed”; they’re produced and earned. Second, persons whose earnings rise disproportionately more
than those of other persons generally achieve this outcome by increasing their production disproportionately more than other persons increase theirs; the fact that someone’s income rises means that he or she already is pitching in more.”

Nathaniel June 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

This is fantastic news! If there is one letter that must be in the book it’s the open letter you wrote to Sen. Nelson regarding consumer protection for pre-paid calling cards:

Andres June 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Title suggestion: Open Letters To A Confederacy of Misguided Editors

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