Tuesday, 16 August 2016

steele's Neoliberal Reading List

I was putting together a reading list for sanepride and figured why not just go nuts with a post. If you guys would like to do a book club reading on one of these books I would be down. Given how much we talk politics on this site it seems only fitting that we should be reading books on what we're arguing about. I'll put a link to my dropbox with copies for those of you who can't afford to buy them. If you can please do so, etc.

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.
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[by steele@12:26amGMT]


steele said @ 12:27am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:2 Good]
1234 said @ 12:52am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:-5 Boring]
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JWWargo said @ 12:55am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
Bias is bias. What would a neoconservative reading list look like? (seriously asking. I try to absorb from all sides.)
ABCDE said @ 1:01am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:2 Funny]

Neoconservative is pretty much a meaningless term, but it likely encompasses those who don't believe in monetary remuneration for labour.

Digits is made of different stuff, and believes in... uh... I actually have no idea. But we probably wouldn't get it because we're too busy shooting up Pokemon GO off his tax dollars.

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1234 said @ 4:41pm GMT on 16th Aug

What would a neoconservative reading list look like?

I have no idea.

(seriously answering.)

mechanical contrivance said @ 4:46pm GMT on 16th Aug
The Bible
Atlas Shrugged
The Prince

...I'm guessing.
arrowhen said @ 6:32pm GMT on 16th Aug
JWWargo said @ 6:36pm GMT on 16th Aug
This was the best one I could find. (You were 1 for 3.)
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:19pm GMT on 17th Aug
I'm surprised I did that well.
conception said @ 10:50pm GMT on 16th Aug

This has been pointed out to me to be a popular conservative book for reading.
JWWargo said @ 12:41am GMT on 17th Aug
I heard her be interviewed on Glenn Beck and... no thank you. (But perhaps I need to suspend my filters in those cases in order to better understand the conservative mindset.)
conception said @ 12:58am GMT on 17th Aug
Yeah, the amazon write-up is like a who's who of logical fallacies... But I was told to "read the book not the blurbs".
lilmookieesquire said @ 12:56am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:0 Interesting]
Be honest.

Are you Sanepride-after-he's-had-a-few-drinks?
sanepride said @ 1:10am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:4]
Maybe I'm numbers-after-he's-had-a-few-tokes.
lilmookieesquire said @ 1:11am GMT on 16th Aug
Know we know why upmods are all green eh. Eeeeeeeh Sanepride?
sanepride said @ 1:12am GMT on 16th Aug
lilmookieesquire said @ 5:48am GMT on 16th Aug
arrowhen said @ 1:13am GMT on 17th Aug
Have you ever looked at the back of a +1 Underrated on weeeeeeeed?
midden said @ 1:34am GMT on 16th Aug
Rock on, dude. It brings out the best of us all.
midden said @ 1:31am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:-1 Underrated]
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1234 said @ 10:33am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:-1]
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bbqkink said @ 1:30am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:2 Interesting]
Here is one...it is not all that good but it's free.

The Authoritarians
Bob Altemeyer
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba

Jodan said @ 3:02am GMT on 16th Aug
holy shit I've met this guy, although U of M is a very small place.
JWWargo said @ 12:53am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Interesting]
Fun serendipity: Was just listening to the latest Common Sense podcast episode this morning and he made the Clinton/Nixon comparison as well.
sanepride said @ 1:07am GMT on 16th Aug
Lest we forget Nixon's Democratic opponent in 1968 was a status quo heir-apparent to an administration that strived for progressivism but ultimately betrayed the youth of the time. I like the Trump/Wallace comparison, especially because Trump has about the same chance of winning, but I think Hillary is a much closer parallel to Hubert Humphrey than Nixon.
sanepride said @ 12:55am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
Thanks. Nixonland especially is one I've been planning to read.
Historical context FTW! (except in this case, it's really FTL).
steele said @ 12:58am GMT on 16th Aug
You're welcome. Try to avoid the cognitive bias skimming this time ;)
sanepride said @ 1:11am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
I'll try, but not much I can do about my compromised attention span.
lilmookieesquire said @ 1:03am GMT on 16th Aug
Say what you want about Nixon but it seemed to be a quite pivotal presidency.
captainstubing said @ 10:32am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Interesting]
Indeed. And he would likely be intolerable to current Republicans, too. I guess the same could be said of McGovern and the Dems. And so it goes.

For those who haven't read it the Frost/ Nixon book is really, really very good. Well worth a lazy afternoon of reading. He was a pretty complex charachter ole Tricky Dicky.
satanspenis666 said @ 1:46am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Informative]
The New Jim Crow made me really angry.

Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" is really good. It basically disproves Reaganomics. While widely discredited when first published, it has really overcome a lot of scrutiny and is becoming more and more accepted by economists. It has a very simple theory. Inequality occurs when the rate of return on capital is greater than the growth of the economy.
HoZay said @ 7:20am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Informative]
Here's Piketty with a TED talk, New Thoughts on Capital In The 21st Century.

Quite a lot of Piketty material on the Youtube

No substitute for reading the book, but still...

Jodan said @ 3:06am GMT on 16th Aug
I'll second the recommendation for this one . I went out and bought this one, there were so many graphs, my pdf copy was getting annoying.
bbqkink said @ 2:43am GMT on 16th Aug [Score:1 Funsightful]
I'm not sure this is kosher but I am finished with this you can read it....I can loan a book to a friend..I paid for it it's mine right?

lrdcthulu said @ 9:40pm GMT on 16th Aug
Shout out for Nixonland. Part 2 of a trilogy (Before the Storm and The Invisible Bridge) that are a really good look at politics between 1964 and 1976.
steele said @ 5:19pm GMT on 13th Jan
I finally read The New Jim Crow. I put it into this reading list on a recommendation from a friend and after reading, I gotta say it may be the most exhaustive example of how hypocritical the socially left aspects of neoliberalism are. It was enraging, almost overwhelmingly so. There were many times I would wonder how a system that intricate and entrenched could ever be dismantled. We've got our work cut out for us.

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