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chadkoh

chadkoh@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 6 months ago

Typically I read two books simultaneously: one fiction, one non fiction. I love audiobooks, and usually follow the same pattern. So two books in text, two books in audio simultaneously. Sometimes, when I want to get through a book quick, I'll do both audio and text.

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2024 Reading Goal

62% complete! chadkoh has read 22 of 35 books.

Ruha Benjamin, Janina Edwards: Imagination (AudiobookFormat, 2024, Highbridge) No rating

Imagination isn’t a luxury; it’s a vital resource and a powerful tool for our collective …

In order to flourish as individuals and a society we must free ourselves from the strictures of standardized testing, industrialized education, “accelerated learning”, technocratic utopianism, solutionism, longtermism, white supremacy and eugenic thinking, the carceral state, credit scoring and the “ordinal society” (See Fourcade and Healy), and more! It is hard to be imaginative when we are oppressed… but we have to be imaginative to overthrow the oppressors. In an ultimately hopeful argument, Benjamin provides example after example of real projects where humans work together to protect one another and lift one another up. She argues for “radical interdependence” and building a safe, equitable society to further our collective “radical imagination.”

Danielle Allen: Justice by Means of Democracy (EBook, 2023, University of Chicago Press) No rating

From leading thinker Danielle Allen, a bold and urgent articulation of a new political philosophy: …

Ch: Blind spot is mis-interpretation of Rawls. Although he tried to unite positive & negative liberty, he actually prioritized the negative: autonomy depends on well-governed state; not everyone will engage with politics, ie political equality is merely a good competing with other goods. This gave neolibs their opening, and the people permission not to use their voice. Ends by saying she is not going to fix Rawls.

Danielle Allen: Justice by Means of Democracy (EBook, 2023, University of Chicago Press) No rating

From leading thinker Danielle Allen, a bold and urgent articulation of a new political philosophy: …

Prologue: Recent political outcomes have not matched political beliefs. We're “surprised” by a blind spot. Need a new justice-focused political economy that allows for human flourishing: "power-sharing liberalism". Political equality protects justice; justice achieved by democracy. Identifies with fallibilist, corrigibilist democratic eudaemonism. (Kinda Deweyen pragmatism. Speaks of “non-domination”… Anarchism?)

finished reading Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch: Prophet Song (AudiobookFormat, 2023, Bolinda audio) 5 stars

On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother of four Eilish Stack answers …

… this wore me out. Emotionally… wrung out. Each chapter he just squeezes, squeezes, squeezes. The characters are so real. Lynch's writing is very poetic. He uses denominalization heavily. The writing makes everything feel alive, even the dead.