Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Big Business: Tyler Cowen’s Compelling Case for Large Corporations

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos laughs during the grand opening of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Wash., January 29, 2018. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)
Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero, by Tyler Cowen (St. Martin’s Press, 272 pp., $28.99)

Professor Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and the Mercatus Center — and Marginal Revolution, and the New York Times, and much else — is consistently one of the most interesting and original thinkers on human affairs that our public discourse has to offer. He is an economist, but an economist who understands economics in the very broad sense of praxeology — “human action,” as Ludwig von Mises put it. And so you can read Cowen on street food in Singapore; the “market underpricing of autistic labor”; art collecting (his review of Doug Woodham’s Art Collecting Today contains this quibble:

This article appears as “The Case for Corporations” in the May 6, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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