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    Christopher Snowdon
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Snowdon takes the Spirit Level bibliography to task because it includes references to the authors previous works.

Snowdon takes the Spirit Level bibliography to task because it includes references to the authors previous works. That is a serious charge in academia. But it becomes ludicrous when Snowdon himself goes on this long effort.

Christopher John Snowdon is an author and freelance journalist based in the UK. He writes for Sp!ked and other publications. The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's New Theory of Everything, Democracy Institute/Little Dice, 2010

Christopher John Snowdon is an author and freelance journalist based in the UK. He is particularly known as a vocal opponent of Government intervention in matters such as alcohol and obesity; his Twitter biography states that he is "not that keen on the nanny state"  . The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's New Theory of Everything, Democracy Institute/Little Dice, 2010. Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking, Little Dice, 2009.

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The Spirit Level Delusion is, above all, a book that delivers and goes well beyond the promise of its subtitle - 'fact-checking the left's . Christopher Snowdon has provided defenders of freedom with powerful ammunition.

The Spirit Level Delusion is, above all, a book that delivers and goes well beyond the promise of its subtitle - 'fact-checking the left's new theory of everything'. It may well be that the next big battle for a free society will be fought against the new anti-wealth egalitarianism.

His second book, The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's New Theory of Everything (2010), is a response to and critique of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. His third book is The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800 (2011) YouTube Encyclopedic.

Author – Christopher Snowdon, adjunct scholar, Democracy Institute. Christopher Snowdon is the author of the acclaimed Velvet Glove, Iron Fist (2009) and The Spirit Level Delusion (2010)

Author – Christopher Snowdon, adjunct scholar, Democracy Institute. Christopher Snowdon is the author of the acclaimed Velvet Glove, Iron Fist (2009) and The Spirit Level Delusion (2010). The event is from . 5pm – . 0pm.

Level Delusion : Fact-Checking the Left's New Theory of Everything. by Christopher Snowdon.

The Spirit Level Delusion : Fact-Checking the Left's New Theory of Everything. The Spirit Level Delusion shines the light of reason on some of the extraordinary claims made in favour of big government in the twenty-first century.

The wealth of nations. New York: Classic House Books. The spirit level delusion: Fact-checking the left’s new theory of everything. Ripon, UK: Little Dice. Smith, E. Hill, . Marlowe, . Nolin, . Wiessner, . et al. 2010. Wealth transmission and inequality among hunter-gatherers. The Spirit Level Delusion (blog). Snyder, T. ed. 1993. 120 years of American education: A statistical portrait.

Through a sober assessment of the facts-including some inconvenient truths-The Spirit Level Delusion shows that the theory not only lacks empirical support but also fails the basic test of believability.

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Do Cubans live longer than Americans? Are Scandinavians happier than the British? Do Oscar winners live longer than other actors? Does capitalism cause mental illness? Does inequality lead to murder? Would higher taxes make us slimmer, more trusting and more charitable? The Spirit Level Delusion shines the light of reason on some of the extraordinary claims made in favour of big government in the twenty-first century. Several books (The Spirit Level, Happiness and Affluenza amongst others) have called for a radical shift in power from the individual to the state based on the supposedly devastating effects of wealth, economic growth and inequality. By examining all the available evidence, Christopher Snowdon tests the theory that 'more equal' countries are healthier, happier and more successful. Through a sober assessment of the facts-including some inconvenient truths-The Spirit Level Delusion shows that the theory not only lacks empirical support but also fails the basic test of believability. "If you haven’t read a book that made you laugh out loud on the bus or the Tube in a while, try Christopher Snowdon’s superb release, The Spirit Level Delusion. But the book’s subtle humour is not the reason I am recommending it. The Spirit Level Delusion is, above all, a book that delivers and goes well beyond the promise of its subtitle – 'fact-checking the left’s new theory of everything'... It may well be that the next big battle for a free society will be fought against the new anti-wealth egalitarianism. Christopher Snowdon has provided defenders of freedom with powerful ammunition." — Kristian Niemietz, Institute of Economic Affairs "Snowdon picks so many holes in the theory that were it a building it wouldn’t be passed as structurally sound by the most crooked of third world local government surveyors... I wish that everyone who espoused The Spirit Level would read The Spirit Level Delusion, which explains just how dubious the science behind this grand theory is." — Ed West, The Telegraph "The Spirit Level Delusion not only successfully and dramatically undermines much of the evidence in The Spirit Level, but also takes on the other fashionable opponents of economic growth... His engaging discussion unpicks the evidence of the anti-growth brigade and demonstrates that it is selective and partial. This book is excellent “tube reading”. — Philip Booth, City AM

Ricep
I have read both The Spirit Level and Snowdon's book. While one of Snowdon's criticism has some merit, The Spirit Level is guilty of 'going beyond the data' fairly often and drawing conclusions not really warranted by the data shown, the rest of Snowdon's critique is little more than a polemic.

The one statement he makes about Correlation Coefficients is wrong. He uses, in his graphic presentations, the square of the correlation coefficient (I suspect because it shows a smaller value) and then misinterprets it. So he obviously does not even have a basic understanding of statistical methods (or else deliberately misconstrues them). He also is given to adding points and dropping points from scatterplots and then re-interpreting them. Again, the relationsip either stands as shown or it doesn't. One cannot add and take away points helter skelter. And he seems inclined to drop what he calls outliers in violation of most accepted methods for doing so. Merely dropping a point because it's highest (or lowest) won't do, as there will always be a highest or lowest point. Also if a point is well outside the range of other points, that does not, by itself, warrant its exclusion. He clearly wishes to drop these points because they don't agree with his view, not out of any statistical justification.

Snowdon takes the Spirit Level bibliography to task because it includes references to the authors previous works. Has Snowdon any familiarity with academic research at all? Authors very frequently list previous work they've done in their references; happens all the time.

Snowdon's review also contains serious allegations and numerous Ad Hominem attacks. He accuses the authors of The Spirit Level of "cherry picking" their data on more than one occasion in his review. That is a serious charge in academia. But it becomes ludicrous when Snowdon himself goes on this long effort to find data points that either make his particular point or discredit The Spirit Level. That is clearly 'cherry picking'.

In my view, then, Snowdon's review, commissioned apparently by a right-wing think tank, is just a hatchet job. It has very little to commend as a serious critique of The Spirit Level.
tref
Snowden has blown the Spirit Level out of the water! I do not know how anybody could have confidence in the Spirit Level book's conclusions after reading this.
xander
ideologically-based nitpicking at a very revealing book
Enone
It's a well written book. It addresses all the major points and refutes them. Of course, the Left's army of One Star Reviewers will bring down the rating of the book, but I assure you the book is sound.
Bolanim
Interesting expose.
Bluecliff
Snowdon's refutation of Spirit Level is confirmation that you can twist anything anyway you like with a few statistics and graphs at hand. It is quite clear the Spirit Level was written to justify expanding government control over our lives. The book has a clarity of structure and style that makes it easy to read and easy to absorb the points being made. The argument from equality to bigger government is about as spurious as the man-made climate change swindle
Llathidan
It was an excellent deconstruction of 'The Spirit Level' - in particular the research interpretations used to bolster it.
The Niggs need to read this. Take down the Slavers still slavin' in America.