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Pandemic Capitalism: From Broken Systems to Basic Incomes

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Our economic system isn't working for most of humanity. Governments have long kicked the can on major problems with band-aids, rather than undertake the required investments and deliver necessary systems change. The coronavirus has laid the folly plain.
Pandemic Capitalism looks at this mess from a systems lens and offers possibilities for paths forward that would be more s
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Published June 2020 by Wicked Problems Collaborative
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Selkis
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Covid pandemic has made it very clear to me that our current system doesn't work, and I'm very interested in learning about alternatives. As I'm an absolute beginner with only very little prior knowledge about the topic, this short book came just at the right time for me.

The author explains our current situation and how we've ended up here through a mix of historical/economic facts and personal anecdotes. I found it a very engaging and interesting read, and definitely not dry.

One thing to b
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AnnaScott
As a public health and business student, I was intrigued when I saw the title of this book. As we have all seen, COVID-19 has made a huge impact on our society, and I was intrigued to learn more.

Objectively, this book was excellently written. I loved his use of quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and he did a phenomenal job using sources throughout his writing. Probably a fourth of the pages of this book were reference pages with citations and additional notes. He raised many valid points
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John  Mihelic
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The pandemic that we got going on around here has gotten me thinking of two separate but related things.

The first is from the novel / literary artefact “Naked Lunch”, where Burroughs described the titular meal as: "The title means exactly what the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork."

The second is from Warren Buffet describing the Minskyian Ponzi finance, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.”

Both are abo
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Venky
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
The Corona virus pandemic that is currently busy wreaking havoc across the globe, while causing massive dangers to the health of the global populace has also set back the world economy as mankind tries to come to grips with this highly infectious disease. The people most impacted by this virus represent the lowest and deprived strata in society. The homeless, the ailing who cannot afford healthcare, the downtrodden and the neglected. With many countries imposing a 'lock down', a multitude of sec ...more
Anna ⭐️
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I always find it difficult to rate a non-fiction book as I don’t know whether to rate it for how it is written or for what it says. So let’s ignore the star rating for now, and let me go into details.

So while I thought the amount of search and references was pretty great, I’m not sure I agree with everything that has been said. Don’t get me wrong, I am quite disgusted by how some things have been dealt with during this crazy period (or any other period, really).

So... The whole book shows the fl
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Paul
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Covid-19 pandemic has totally changed American society, maybe permanently. Perhaps the biggest change has been economic. Millions of people were laid off, because nearly everything was closed. Some of those jobs are starting to return, but other jobs are gone forever. What is a lower-paid retail or hospitality worker (usually a minority) to do? Enter the Universal Basic Income, or UBI.

It is a monthly cash payment, from the government, that goes right into a person's bank account. It is inten
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
Chris Oestereich published an earlier version of this book under the title Mending the Net. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the urgency to support the healthcare system and keep the economy afloat, he pulled the book, did further research, which resulted in Pandemic Capitalism: From Broken Systems to Basic Income. Humanity is beset by wicked problems, the interconnected challenges that defy solution. This book attempts to lay out arguments for a universal basic income (UBI) by reframing the econom ...more
Ra Ma.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title 'Pandemic Capitalism' is very catchy and clearly indicated what the book is all about.

The book elaborates on the broken economy system. It speaks about why the existing system is not serving everyone equally.

The author made quite a lot of research for this book. He also have provided the reference links at the end of each chapter, which is overwhelming.

The book was written keeping the US environment in mind and I found myself distanced.

Overall, an informative book and an humongous effo
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Jo Ann
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be quite thought-provoking. The concepts were presented clearly. We all know that pre-pandemic capitalism wasn't serving everyone and we need to change. I was fascinated by the concept of universal basic income. I will definitely be following the work of the Wicked Problems Collaborative. In fact, I'm starting their next book as soon as I'm done here.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Alexa  Ramirez
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it
It was very informative and easy to understand, however I think it’s important to note that a UBI won’t solve all of our issues, and while it may fix some we might find more as a result of it, but it’s still a good introduction to that conversation

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Chris Oestereich is the founder and editor of the Wicked Problems Collaborative, a loose affiliation of thinkers and doers that are tackling some of humanity's biggest issues. He tends to focus on social and environmental issues from a systems-thinking perspective and works to integrate these concerns in his writing and teaching, as well as through the zero waste/circular economy work that he does ...more

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