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Noam Chomsky on the concentration of wealth and its consequences

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, by Noam Chomsky @@@@@ (4 out of 5) For decades, economic scholars have commented on the dangers inherent in the growing concentration of wealth in Western society. Though misleadingly referred to as “income inequality” in the new media, this critically important… Read More ›

Donald Trump: populism, or fascism?

The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics, by John Judis @@@@@ (5 out of 5) The unexpected emergence of Donald Trump as a major-party candidate for the White House has triggered a great deal of punditry about how the Republican Party managed to put forward such a bigoted and ignorant… Read More ›

“Who lost China?”

A review of The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia, by James Bradley @@@@ (4 out of 5) One of the conspiracy theories popular on the Far Right is that Franklin D. Roosevelt engineered the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to ensnare the US in World War II. Like so many… Read More ›

The President who launched the Mexican-American War

A review of A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent, by Robert W. Merry @@@@@ (5 out of 5) When we conjure up images of our greatest American Presidents, a handful of names invariably comes up: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, of course; Thomas… Read More ›

Confessions of a Silicon Valley techie

A review of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio Garcia Martinez @@@@ (4 out of 5) Hope King ran her review of Chaos Monkeys on CNN Money under the title “New book compares Facebook’s culture to fascism but fails to prove it.” The subtitle is equally revealing, concluding that… Read More ›

Understanding Wall Street’s great foreclosure fraud

A review of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, by David Dayen @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Recent events have made us all aware that police officers sometimes act outside the law, not just in fiction but in reality. But what about their bosses and their bosses’ bosses?… Read More ›

A liberal icon finds fault with liberal politics

A review of Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, by Thomas Frank @@@@ (4 out of 5) Blame for the widening gap between rich and poor and America is typically laid at the feet of the Republican Party, chiefly through the actions of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W…. Read More ›

Politics: a reading list

I was seven years old when I first became aware of politics. It was 1948, and the presidential race between Harry Truman and Thomas Dewey was underway. With all the wisdom of a seven-year-old, I picked the obvious winner, Dewey. We all know how that worked out. Maybe that’s why I didn’t get actively involved… Read More ›

The fascinating story of Bitcoin

A review of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, by Nathaniel Popper @@@@ (4 out of 5) If you’ve ever thought much about money, you may have wondered what gives it its value, especially if you’re aware that Richard Nixon took the dollar off the… Read More ›

Elon Musk wants to build a colony on Mars (for real)

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance @@@@@ (5 out of 5) When I was a child, I was addicted to science fiction. Many of the novels I read then rhapsodized about human settlements on Mars, the moons of the outer planets, and among the stars beyond. That… Read More ›