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The Value of Nothing by Raj Patel
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Aug 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: english, non-fiction, owned, politics-non-fiction
Read from July 24 to 26, 2011

A powerful book that everybody should read. Patel successfully walks the fine line between thorough academia and agitated activism, cautioning always at the right moment, when I was just about to disregard him as another leftist utopian. With an easy to read introduction to economic theory, he battles free market ideology with Adam Smith and proposes an alternative regime based on commons and participatory democracy. The second part of the book, with its case studies and anecdotes about social movements from Indian farmers to North American free software developers, is a rousing call for action. If you don't at least want to start a urban farming collective after reading this book, something is wrong with you.
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