Angus Black is a pseudonym, but the word is out that the book was written by a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Chicago. The Chicago influence is strong. In fact, in many ways, A Radical’s Guide to Economic Reality is a “hip” version of Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom. Black is apparently trying to appeal to participants in the drug culture, and other such “dropouts.” He seems to be making an honest effort to educate his audience to economic reality by speaking about subjects that they’re likely to have special interest in, and in terms that they will understand. However, Black has adopted an exceedingly patronizing attitude toward his readers. One doubts that any of the people to whom he is ostensibly appealing will either appreciate his style, or accept his arguments (indeed, some of his readers may be impervious to any form of argument, but that is another matter).