Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
is interesting because it covers how the Koch Brothers and their associates like the DeVos family manufactured the reemergence of libertarianism ideology into the mainstream. But it does so by painting the Democrats as the victims. Why is this interesting? Because 1. as you read Listen, Liberal you'll notice that they were taking advantage of what the Koch Brothers were doing until 2010 when the culmination of the Koch Brothers' decades of investment blindsided the DNC. And 2. Because I think if we were to do a side by side timeline we would find that the successful takeover of the DNC by neoliberal factions are most likely a side effect of the early groundwork the Koch Brothers were laying down.
Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier
covers neoliberalism from the point of view of the Info-Economy which as he points out is largely flawed not only due to the sharing mindset of humanity but by the resources and scale available to those with the wealth to abuse it. It discusses the Silicon Valley libertarian mindset and how data mining companies like facebook are in fact widening the gap between the middle and upper classes through what is ultimately a theft of data from the lower classes, and how we are likely setting ourselves up for collapse. Mr. Lanier, a futurist at Microsoft and known as one of the fathers of VR has a great handle on how the Data Mining companies are fucking the people. However, the solution he presents to the flaws of the Info-Economy is a very neoliberal one which not only am I not fond of, I don't believe it solves the problems we're facing outside the Info-Economy. It's very much one of those this guy is a genius type situations, but when all you have is a hammer all your problems look like a nail.
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
covers the rise of neoliberalism in the DNC and the US. Yes the DNC has largely become a socially leftist libertarian organization. If you disagree with that you're probably not going to like this book or what it discusses.
Postcapitalism; A Guide to the Future by Paul Mason
... This book covers neoliberal economics from a global perspective. It discusses how the Info-Economy has possibly broken the bang bust cyclic nature of Capitalism, the necessary amount of labor shift that is required for neoliberal policies to maintain stability, and how it's likely we've set ourselves up for a massive collapse. It then factors in the seemingly impossible challenges we face in regards to climate change, the coming demographic shift thanks to people living longer and having less babies, and how these things are going to affect humanity going forward. He offers a solution which is probably not going to be enacted and if any of his numbers are anywhere close to accurate we are all going to be FUCKED UP THE ASS without a single drop of lubricant. On the bright side, he is hopeful for the future.
The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class by Guy Standing
. I have not read this yet. All those people neoliberal economics are putting out of work, the poor and uneducated, they're discussed in this book. Trump supporters, Brexit supporters, the victims of neloliberalism and Globalization, they are the Precariat and they are growing and they are scared and they are pissed.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
don't worry black people are still being fucked! Thanks very much to the Crime Bill and Welfare Reform of the Bill Clinton presidency we can now happily point out the justice system is inordinately fucking over the black community like you would not believe. I haven't read it yet, should get it done in the next couple of weeks.
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
- Covers Nixon's early beginnings right up to Watergate and then fade to black. So many parallels between back then and what we're currently dealing with. And it's easy to claim Trump would be Nixon in this situation, but honestly I find that when you think of Clinton as Nixon with Trump as George Wallace it makes a lot more sense of understanding how badly we are fucked right now. Oh and you know what's funny, 30 years or so of politics over 600 pages and not one mention of incrementalism.