How did we get to be halfway through December already? It’s crazy, just crazy. I am ready for my holiday vacation, that’s for sure! We are expecting as much as 10 inches/25 cm of snow between tonight and noonish on Saturday. It remains arctic here so the snow will be light and fluffy and easier to shovel.
I have a huge pile of books that just now fell over on top of Waldo. Everyone is okay but Waldo is giving me the evil eye. Cats are so good at that. I have the Solstice menu planned for next week, the one day a year I cook. You’ll just have to wait for the reveal on that one but dessert is a vegan cheesecake. And after an email newsletter from the urban farm store that supplies us all things chicken, I am considering adding some lovely metal art to the Dashwood’s abode:
The books that tumbled onto Waldo are mostly all about neoliberalism and economics for some joyful holiday reading *snerk*. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions. Here is what I have piled up:
- Neoliberalism: a Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger and Ravi K. Roy
- The Birth of Biopolitics by Michel Foucault. 1979 lectures delivered at the College de France
- Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash
- The Establishment and How They Got That Way by Owen Jones
- Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang. This one covers a bunch of different economic theories and looks quite useful
- Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy. This one seems like more of an indictment but that’s ok, I like Roy, but maybe not the one to read for a foundational understanding.
- Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order by Noam Chomsky. Like Roy, probably one to read after a bit of general reading.
- Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang. Two books by Chang! But he seems to be really good and this one couldn’t be more on point with the current political climate if it tried.
- Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek. This one is about what global capitalism has brought us to. Pretty ominous and even the blurb is scary.
- Economix: How Our Economy Works (And Doesn’t Work) by Michael Goodwin. A graphic novel format to explain the history of economic theory!
- Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher. A nice counterpoint and alternative vision.
So there they all are. I am going to start with the Very Short Introduction for a whirlwind tour of the basics. Then I think I will go for the graphic book and then figure out what’s next after that.