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Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities by Piero Sraffa
"This book examines what it would take for the economy to create all the products needed. A mathematical rendering of how the economy produces output. The standard system would have the same proportion of net product to the means of productions. Pr..." Read more of this review »
Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities by Piero Sraffa
"This simple, ninety-nine page book is perhaps the most important economic text of the 20th century by volume. Utilizing basic mathematics Sraffa succeeds in illustrating the flaws in the work of the neoclassical school, defines the limits of Marx'..." Read more of this review »
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The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel
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The Necessity of Violence

In known History, according to our author Walter Scheidel, peaceful redistribution has never succeeded in lessening inequality of wealth.
Now, the forms of violence that lessen
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Why Did Europe Conquer the World? by Philip T. Hoffman
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Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

Why? Gunpowder Technology mostly. Why didn't other civilizations make use of it? Well, this is because many of them were involved in conflicts with steppe nomads. And some others were fighting mostly with and against
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The Fates Of Nations by Paul Colinvaux
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The Biology of War

This book is very interesting. It is a book on the ecological and environmental underpinnings of politics and war. Basically, this book is interested in how humanity's historical (and civilized) time has been shaped by Biology; tha
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Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges
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Borges: Collected Fictions

Tlön, ...and Philosophy

The story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" first appeared in Ficciones in the 1940's I believe. It was first translated into English in 1962. This edition is a delight thanks to the
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The Psychoanalysis of Culture by Christopher R. Badcock
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Religion and the Return of the Repressed

This book is an interesting read. Badcock argues that, for Freud, the development of culture/history/society/religion has followed a trajectory similar to that of the individual psyche. (Regarding t
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Freud or Reich? Psychoanalysis and Illusion by Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel
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This book is out of print so I start with the table of contents:
Contents
Preface to the English Language Edition
Preface
I. The Implications of a Return to Freud: The Question of Lay Analysis
II. The Implications of a Return
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Dawn of the Gods by Jacquetta Hawkes
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Feminine and Masculine Culture(s)

This is a fabulous book that I first saw in the seventies, probably still in high school. Sometime in the past few years, I was reminded of its existence in a conversation of with my sister-in-law. She ask
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Western Marxism by José Guilherme Merquior
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Marxist Kulturkritik

Our author (JG Merquior), throughout this book, argues that Western Marxism (WM) is little more than a marxisant Kulturkritik. I should note that he does except Habermas, stating that,
"if one grants that, as a wh
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