It's increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose. The reasons for this have probably been best articulated (in my own reIt's increasingly clear that our current economic models are unfit for purpose. The reasons for this have probably been best articulated (in my own reading history) by Bob Brown in One Person, One Value: Penguin Specials. Essentially, it boils down to the fact that our current economic models (and, therefore also the measure by which we judge politicians) are based on exponential growth - growth in profit, which means growth in production and in demand to meet that production - which means growth in population. It doesn't take a scientist to understand that perpetual growth is as impossible as perpetual motion. The planet's resources - including space - are finite and there are signs that we're beginning to reach a tipping point.
So, what are the alternatives? It's all up for debate at the moment - and it really should be openly debated, even if those in charge would probably rather maintain the status quo for as long as possible and avoid any public signs of confusion or weakness. This book represents Umair Haque's idea of what the new paradigm for building an alternative model might be. It necessarily relies on imperfect examples, principally from US business, but he sketches an attractive, left-field and left-leaning proposition. In doing so, he suggests we re-examine some of the economic ideas of the Ancient Greeks as a balance to the Renaissance....more
This reads like a rather long 'blog post. It's in desperate need of a firm editor to deal with the author's love of lists, similes and inappropriate mThis reads like a rather long 'blog post. It's in desperate need of a firm editor to deal with the author's love of lists, similes and inappropriate metaphors.
More annoyingly, I don't really feel like I've learned anything. Essays are written to persuade and - make no mistake - this is an essay and not a piece of journalism. The author writes a lot about the bias and ignorance of the western media. Some or all of which may be true. What he doesn't do is ever give any evidence supporting his arguments, demolishing theirs, or even explaining what those other arguments might be.
I'm as open minded about the person of Orbán now as I was before I read this. Tibor Fischer seems to lack some fundamental skills exhibited by the great essay writers and has failed to persuade me to either agree with him or debate with him....more
I'm increasingly coming round to the the view that Terry Pratchett might actually have been a better comic writer than P.G. Wodehouse. Of course, thatI'm increasingly coming round to the the view that Terry Pratchett might actually have been a better comic writer than P.G. Wodehouse. Of course, that might partly depend upon your sense of humour - a more objective analysis would simply be to say that Pratchett was the more ambitious writer (and how odd it feels to write that in the past tense).
What Wodehouse does, he does well and that's to lovingly send up an Edwardian class system, transferred to the inter-war years. It's affectionate in the extreme (Wodehouse quite obviously wishes to have been born into the moneyed classes) and notable that we are always led to sympathise with the characters it would be all too easy to hate as parasites. It is, in other words, the epitome of the self-deprecating style of British humour and discourse that has never quite been understood by so many outsiders.
As in so many of his other books, it's outsiders that are the focus here - the fairly standard Wodehouse fare of contrasting British and American stereotypes. It's also outsiders as the focus in the more literal sense - the protagonists are very much outsiders to both upstairs and downstairs society, something which may surprise new readers expecting something more directly like the recent BBC Blandings adaptations....more
Beginning the send-off for a game that so many people grew up with, this is packed with content - high quality illustrations and photographs, lengthyBeginning the send-off for a game that so many people grew up with, this is packed with content - high quality illustrations and photographs, lengthy campaigns, new character and model types and an extensive background to the campaigns.
The latter covers the same ground as some of the short stories (especially The Return of Nagash) but in a very different style - it's more historical in tone, more descriptive rather than being story-led....more