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Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.

He/they for the praxis.

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2% complete! loppear has read 3 of 101 books.

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Trade Wars Are Class Wars (2020, Yale University Press) 4 stars

wonky but clear enough

3 stars

Clearly titled, global financial crises and gluts are not primarily due to rational investor pursuit of productive capacity but excesses of central bank liquidity, capital mobility, and savings by elites (that is, depressing wages and consumption domestically), and trade imbalances are pulled by foreign demand for investment/assets inexorably. Convincing data and histories, though the writing often jumps to details before giving the point.

Trade Wars Are Class Wars (2020, Yale University Press) 4 stars

Companies everywhere fight for larger shares of a global market even as they collaborate to suppress the size of their domestic markets. [...] "competitiveness" has become a euphemism for pushing wages down, [... and] generated a global spending shortage. Trade wars are an almost inevitable consequence of globalization as it has been practiced.

Trade Wars Are Class Wars by , (Page 225)

Though the book is mostly about global finance imbalances and central bank policies over the last 30-150 years, not so much corporate policy, this paragraph in the conclusion sums up most of the point.

Bewilderment (Hardcover, 2021, W. W. Norton & Company) 5 stars


4 stars

An intimate parental dive into the wonder of the natural world and urge to activism in the face of our wide-eyed trance walk to species destruction. This felt narrower and less rounded than The Overstory, which may be fitting to cataclysm, and the traumas and some obvious referents may irk (mostly they didn't interfere here). The middle half's beauty justified it all for me.

The Art of Gathering (2020, Riverhead Books) 3 stars

"A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend …

focus on people

3 stars

This is simultaneously very good (human interactions and facilitation focus over logistics, richly justified) and limited business-level book (so many illustrative stories, key points probably fit on one page).