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Deepak Lal

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Via Marginal Revolution, I am informed that Deepak Lal has released his new book, called Reviving the invisible hand: The case for classical liberalism in the 21st century:

    Reviving the Invisible Hand is an uncompromising call for a global return to a classical liberal economic order, free of interference from governments and international organizations. Arguing for a revival of the invisible hand of free international trade and global capital, eminent economist Deepak Lal vigorously defends the view that statist attempts to ameliorate the impact of markets threaten global economic progress and stability. And in an unusual move, he not only defends globalization economically, but also answers the cultural and moral objections of antiglobalizers.
    Taking a broad cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach, Lal argues that there are two groups opposed to globalization: cultural nationalists who oppose not capitalism but Westernization, and “new dirigistes” who oppose not Westernization but capitalism. In response, Lal contends that capitalism doesn’t have to lead to Westernization, as the examples of Japan, China, and India show, and that “new dirigiste” complaints have more to do with the demoralization of their societies than with the capitalist instruments of prosperity.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to plug an interview (PDF) I did with Professor Lal seven years ago at a Liberty Fund conference.

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July 6, 2006 at 9:06 am

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