Books: Read&Reading

I’ve never been a good reader. Not now either. Mostly because I’ve never found a reason to read. School should really change their useless boring lists!.

Since I bought a Kindle, I could say, I discovered a great world of ideas to discuss about. Love that machine. (Amazon, you should really pay me for those ads).

So here are the books, from more recent to older:

The End Of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

A five stars. I never really eat that schizophrenic idea of growing no matter what. How is that our wellbeing related with the rate of growth? You could force yourself to find a connection, just a bad lie to your mom. Not even you would believe it.

This book is also a good starting point if you want to read about economics (from the fun side, apart from the mainstream). It refers other book in this page, which make me appreciate it more.

To summarize it, the end of growth is here to stay because of:

  1. Resources depletion.
  2. Negative environmental impact (see more on Limits to Growth)
  3. Financial incompetence to avoid economical crisis.

It’s a must.

Tal cual es: el camino de José Mujica a la presidencia

This is some of those books that are just a compilation of some articles. Avoid them. Just a waste  of time.

What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

This is a refreshing book aligned with Sacred Economics (two under this). Both of these books point to have a new kind of economy based on meaningful interactions. This one in particular shows how technology could help us on that. It even show how there already are initiatives in this way. The only problem is the definition of sharing economy or collaborative consumption. If you consider Ebay as an example, is it really  a game changer? What about the meaningful interactions?

It´s fresh air for the project that I´m working on (helping.network)

Stumbling on Happiness

Incredible good book. It tell us how our minds focus on certain things and how we remember them. We focus on highlights, and we forget the not so good/bad things. Even if those feelings were kept for more time.

More impressive was the explanation of how certain ideas spreads; not because it´s virtue, but because the ideas themselves comes with a spreading message. The best example is the lack of birth control in some religions (which has not?). This (making babies as a factory) won´t increase parent happiness, but it probably will spread the religion, considering parents a strong factor in religion choosing (if there is somehing like religion choosing).

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

One of the best economic book that I’ve read. It goes directly to main topics of general economic discussion. If you are a free market economist, or you believe in what neoclassical economists use to say, you should take a look to the book (to broad your vision). A five stars.

 

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

A human approach to economics and society. It goes very deep into the meaning of economics as a tool for humans to make society. It is refreshing. It is also true that Charles Eisenstein could have said the same in fewer words (I wold have appreciated more in that way).

 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

(Reading) The first thing you note is how meticulous and human Piketty is. Given all the mathematical tools that he masters, he takes in account the soft analysis done by his precedents regard society and economics. He might have been brief, and I would have appreciate it more.

 

The Price of Inequality

This is a must. It shows how inequality leads underperformance in society. It’s based on U.S mainly. The question that I can’t get out of my head is: If U.S. had The Great Depression, and they got out of that, leading a great time of prosperity following a Keynesian methodology, why don’t try the same? I mean, state intervention in economy lead the great prosperity period in the U.S. ever! and here we are, talking about economic crises with “no solution”. Again, it is a must.

 

Democracy at Work

This is interesting: it proposes a new way to shape our society, including democracy in the way of our business are ruled. It proposes Workers Self Directed Enterprises (WSDEs), so workers could decide as directors in a regular firm. Consider this and liquid democracy and there you go: a new society. Great.

 

Profit Over People

I had higher expectations on this book. I can’t even remember what this left on me :S

 

The Communist Manifesto

What really amazed me was to find  that the problems we are facing now, as economical crises and wealth concentration, were exactly the same as 164 years ago. So it makes you think about if we are really improving through time. It’s a short book, so please, give it a try. If you’re not happy with neoliberalism, well, you’ll find that people long ago were mad even with less.

 

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

(Reading)

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Everybody should read this book written by MIT scientists. This must even be read in school. It shows us how are we using more resources and destroying the world faster than it can handle. Teach us bout dynamic system, loops, and overshoot. This book said that we overpassed the renewable capacity of the world in 1980. 1980!.  It’s sad how we, society, develop amazing scientists, and we don’t listen to them. It’s just a nonsense to doing it.

 

The Wordly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers

Similar to The New Ideas.. but from a more philosophical point of view. Includes more than the classic economists. Loving it. A study book too.

 

Freakonomics Rev Ed: (and Other Riddles of Modern Life)

Fun to read, but not a life changer. It isn’t structured. It’s just some studies in a economic prisma. It was good enough to get me to read some other better economic books.

 

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

I didn’t like finances before, and I don’t now, thanks to that book. If half of the things you find in the book are real, we should really be afraid of our lovely economic world. Finances looks more like a gambling than a economic instrument for common good (not a surprise really).

 

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

It’s refreshing to know that some people is thinking in limits of market. Finally someone not afraid to talk about morals!

 

New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought

I love how it shows the development of actual economics, mixing life, work and theory of some most known economist. It has become an study book for me.

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