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Thieves of Experience: How Google and Facebook Corrupted Capitalism - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Age of Surveillance Capitalism The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power By Shoshana Zuboff Published 01.15.2019 PublicAffairs 704 Pages"
book  review  internet  technology-effects  social-media  surveillance  business-model  capitalism 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
Radical Optimization: On “Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement A Year Inside the Optimization Movement By Carl Cederström, André Spicer Published 11.07.2017 OR Books 368 Pages"
book  review  self-improvement  capitalism  ideology 
march 2018 by tsuomela
The Unholy Family
"Melinda Cooper, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Zone Books/MIT Press, 2017)"
book  review  political-science  history  conservatism  neoliberalism  neoconservatism  family  values  capitalism 
february 2018 by tsuomela
The Party’s Over: Looking Back on Communism - Los Angeles Review of Books
Vanguard of the Revolution by A. James McAdams and Red Hangover by Kristen Ghodsee
books  review  communism  history  20c  capitalism 
october 2017 by tsuomela
Hirschman, A.O.: The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph (Paperback and eBook) | Princeton University Press
"In this volume, Albert Hirschman reconstructs the intellectual climate of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to illuminate the intricate ideological transformation that occurred, wherein the pursuit of material interests--so long condemned as the deadly sin of avarice--was assigned the role of containing the unruly and destructive passions of man. Hirschman here offers a new interpretation for the rise of capitalism, one that emphasizes the continuities between old and new, in contrast to the assumption of a sharp break that is a common feature of both Marxian and Weberian thinking. Among the insights presented here is the ironical finding that capitalism was originally supposed to accomplish exactly what was soon denounced as its worst feature: the repression of the passions in favor of the "harmless," if one-dimensional, interests of commercial life. To portray this lengthy ideological change as an endogenous process, Hirschman draws on the writings of a large number of thinkers, including Montesquieu, Sir James Steuart, and Adam Smith."
book  publisher  history  economics  capitalism  ideas 
october 2017 by tsuomela
The Great Leveler — Brett Christophers | Harvard University Press
"For all the turmoil that roiled financial markets during the Great Recession and its aftermath, Wall Street forecasts once again turned bullish and corporate profitability soared to unprecedented heights. How does capitalism consistently generate profits despite its vulnerability to destabilizing events that can plunge the global economy into chaos? The Great Leveler elucidates the crucial but underappreciated role of the law in regulating capitalism’s rhythms of accumulation and growth. Brett Christophers argues that capitalism requires a delicate balance between competition and monopoly. When monopolistic forces become dominant, antitrust law steps in to discourage the growth of giant corporations and restore competitiveness. When competitive forces become dominant, intellectual property law steps in to protect corporate assets and encourage investment. These two sets of laws—antitrust and intellectual property—have a pincer effect on corporate profitability, ensuring that markets become neither monopolistic, which would lead to rent-seeking and stagnation, nor overly competitive, which would drive down profits. Christophers pursues these ideas through a close study of the historical development of American and British capitalist economies from the late nineteenth century to the present, tracing the relationship between monopoly and competition in each country and the evolution of legal mechanisms for keeping these forces in check. More than an illuminating study of the economic role of law, The Great Leveler is a bold and fresh dissection of the anatomy of modern capitalism."
book  publisher  history  economics  monopoly  capitalism 
august 2017 by tsuomela
How bosses are (literally) like dictators - Vox
"Elizabeth Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It (Princeton University Press, 2017)."
book  excerpt  business  government  power  labor  work  freedom  free-markets  markets-uber-alles  ideology  capitalism 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The United States of Work | New Republic
"PRIVATE GOVERNMENT: HOW EMPLOYERS RULE OUR LIVES (AND WHY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT) by Elizabeth AndersonPrinceton University Press, 224pp., $27.95 NO MORE WORK: WHY FULL EMPLOYMENT IS A BAD IDEA by James LivingstonThe University of North Carolina Press, 128pp., $24.00"
book  review  labor  work  ideology  capitalism  neoliberalism  business  management  power 
april 2017 by tsuomela
VersoBooks.com
"In one of the true classics of twentieth-century political economy, R. H. Tawney investigates the way religion has moulded social and economic practice. He tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace. The book offers an incisive analysis of the morals and mores of contemporary Western culture. In tough, muscular, richly varied prose, Tawney tells an absorbing and meaningful story. Today, the dividing line between the spheres of religion and the secular is shifting, and Religion and the Rise of Capitalism is more pertinent than ever."
book  publisher  capitalism  religion  economics  fiscal-policy  finance 
february 2017 by tsuomela
Jason W Moore
"Research: capitalism as world-ecology, political ecology, environmental history, food and agriculture, world history, political economy of agrarian change, financialization."
people  research  sociology  academic  environment  capitalism 
october 2016 by tsuomela
Prophet and Loss | New Republic
Review of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion by Gareth Stedman Jones.
book  review  biography  marx  19c  ideology  capitalism 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Tsing, A.L.: The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. (eBook and Hardcover)
"Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. In all its contradictions, matsutake offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction. By investigating one of the world’s most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth."
book  publisher  commodities  food  capitalism  exchange  trade  environment 
july 2016 by tsuomela
Challenging the Oligarchy by Paul Krugman | The New York Review of Books
"Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich Knopf, 279 pp., $26.95"
book  review  economics  capitalism  inequality  class  oligarchy 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Big Mouth Strikes Again | Peggster
Simon Pegg on nerd culture success and capitalist consumer control.
sf  culture  geek  nerds  capitalism  consumerism 
may 2015 by tsuomela
What Caused Capitalism?
Reviews of Cambridge History of Capitalism, Enlightened Economy by Joel Mokyr, and Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert
book  review  capitalism  history  globalization  economics 
may 2015 by tsuomela
The Meaning of Black Friday | Jacobin
"Black Friday relies for its occult meaning on the previous inviolability of Thanksgiving, which it then debases. This year, with the 8 AM Thanksgiving openings, it has completed the process, and eaten its way out the other side of what remained of the “holy” day. As a traffic accident it began, and thus does it end, a disaster that everyone recognizes as such, but no one has much idea what to do about — paralyzed by the contradictions of a culture whose system has gone to war against it."
holidays  shopping  retail  symbolism  symbols  capitalism  economics 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Sleepwalking Through the Ruins – The New Inquiry
"Signs and Machines Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity By Maurizio Lazzarato Translated by Joshua David Jordan MIT Press 280 pp May 2014"
book  review  critical-theory  capitalism  neoliberalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Instant Gratification - Paul Roberts
"Paul Roberts is the author of The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification, from which this essay has been adapted."
society  impulse  psychology  culture  narcissism  critique  capitalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Preventing Economists' Capture by Luigi Zingales :: SSRN
"The very same forces that induce economists to conclude that regulators are captured should lead us to conclude that the economic profession is captured as well. As evidence of this capture, I show that papers whose conclusions are pro-management are more likely to be published in economic journals and more likely to be cited. I also show that business schools’ faculty write papers that are more pro management. I highlight possible remedies to reduce the extent of this capture: from a reform of the publication process, to an enhanced data disclosure, from a stronger theoretical foundation to a mechanism of peer pressure. Ultimately, the most important remedy, however, is awareness, an awareness most economists still do not have."
economics  capture  ideology  markets  capitalism  academic 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Scribe Publications | What About Me?
"According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today’s pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses, while individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives. In What about Me?, Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of thirty years’ acceptance of neo-liberalism, free-market forces, and privatisation, and the resulting relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live."
book  publisher  markets  capitalism  success 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Kapital for the Twenty-First Century? | Dissent Magazine
"Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, trans. Arthur Goldhammer Belknap Press, 2014, 671 pp."
book  review  capitalism  income  economics  class  inequality 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Gilles Deleuze
Transitions from 'sovereign societies' to Foucault's 'disciplinary societies' to 'control societies'
critical-theory  capitalism  control  discipline 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Rage Against the Machines | Ian Bogost | The Baffler
"Like free digital services more broadly, the real purpose of the videogame business—and, indeed, of American business writ large—is not to provide search or social or entertainment features, but to create rapidly accelerating value as quickly as possible so as to convert that aggregated value into wealth. Bingo!"
online  gaming  games  design  business  finance  gambling  addiction  business-model  capitalism 
march 2014 by tsuomela
The New Normal: School Shootings as Industrial Disaster » Cyborgology
"Industrial disasters are called “accidents” instead of terrorism because they are committed in the name of profit. A freight train derailment is just as calculated, deliberate, and ruthless as a homemade pipe bomb. The only difference is that industrial terrorists don’t know exactly when the bomb is going to go off and they never have the guts to be there when it does."
accidents  industry  business  business-as-usual  risk  normalization  disaster  capitalism  economics 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Capital in the Twenty-First Century — Thomas Piketty | Harvard University Press
"What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality. Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again. A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today."
book  publisher  economics  inequality  capitalism  democracy  politics 
january 2014 by tsuomela
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