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The Value of Nothing by Raj Patel
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Mar 16, 2011

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Read from December 05, 2010 to March 16, 2011

Reading a Raj Patel book is somewhat akin to having a conversation with a very interesting person shortly after they have inhaled a faceful of cocaine. The content of his speech is fascinating in the extreme, but the logic is too far disjointed for a sober-minded person to follow.

For someone that is used to books presenting cogent arguments around central theses, Patel’s writing fails by that standard. He never adequately defends his premises nor elaborates sufficiently on his conclusions leaving the whole book a bit wishy-washy.

However, his rambling style does result in him inadvertently stumbling across interesting insights into how society places value on labor, goods, and the commons. In general, the book sows widely and thinly. There are lots of points of departure for independent research, but nothing substantial that you can walk away with.

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