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Democracy at Work by Richard D. Wolff
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really liked it
bookshelves: economics, non-fiction, politics, top-of-the-pile

"If democracy is a genuine foundational social value, it ought to govern the workplace first and foremost."

My meandering readings through leftist books lead me to Wolff and after listening to him talk about this book on Chapo Trap House I decided to pick this up.

My perspective on this is as a technology professional interested in promoting progressive values in my own practice and that of my peers. Over the course of a couple of years of ongoing conversations about this it has become pretty clear to me that if we want to improve the ways in which human values are put at the heart of the technology design and development process, we will need to change the context within which it happens, which is to say the companies making technology.

The question then becomes: how do we do this and what would be an alternative model. Wolff delivers on describing the alternative model of worker self-directed enterprises (WSDEs), somewhat delivers on suggesting ways of getting there, but the bulk of this book is an analysis of contemporary capitalism and the building of an argument for why WSDEs would indeed be a cure of capitalism.

If you're at all familiar with some of the common critiques of capitalism that first section of the book will feel a bit slow or superfluous at times. On the other hand, it does make the book more readily recommendable to people outside of leftist circles who might be more sceptical. So in that regard it's useful.

So I can recommend this, but I do think we need a companion to this which is all about the strategies and tactics of making WSDEs actually happen.
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Reading Progress

February 18, 2018 – Shelved
February 18, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 18, 2018 – Shelved as: economics
February 18, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
February 19, 2018 – Shelved as: politics
April 17, 2018 – Shelved as: top-of-the-pile
August 25, 2018 – Started Reading
August 25, 2018 –
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September 9, 2018 –
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September 10, 2018 –
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September 11, 2018 –
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October 15, 2018 –
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October 20, 2018 –
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October 27, 2018 –
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October 29, 2018 –
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October 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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