I can’t think about TNR without remembering how they promoted The Bell Curve in the mid-1990s — the racist book that said black people are inherently stupid so there’s no point in trying to help them with government programs.
I cancelled my subscription and stopped reading.
Update – See Vox, The New Republic and the Beltway media’s race problem
I am hosting Lori Wallach for a discussion of her book, The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority. Here is the preview with publisher’s book notes: FDL Book Salon: The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority
It doesn’t go live until 5 so I can’t post a link to the conversation itself. Be at Firedoglake.com at 5:00pm Eastern to participate. If you want to ask a question, stop by a few minutes early and Register at the Log On and FDL will email you password to you.
I am reading Griftopia by Matt Taibbi. This is a book you have to read to understand what happened in 2008. But you’ll be angry and youwill wonder why no one is being prosecuted.
I recently read a novel by Eric Lotke, Research Director at the Campaign for America’s Future. The novel is called 2044. The title is based on the idea of picking up where Orwell’s 1984 left off. 2044 depicts a world and culture that is completely corporatized. The big corporations control everything and don’t play fair. Your life is work – for the corporation.
In the novel a researcher discovers that there is a way to turn salt water into fresh water, which is in short supply and badly needed by people. But this doesn’t suit the interests of the corporations that sell fresh water.
From the novel’s website:
“2044 is an adventure story with a political edge. Set in a world that follows our current social and economic trajectory to the extreme, 2044 is a world of consolidated multi-national corporations, mass produced culture and too much stuff. Private businesses manipulate greed and fear to keep people busy, afraid, and dependent on expensive new products or services just to survive.”
You can buy it here.
Even though I am swamped with moving, I want to give a good word for Eric Boehlert’s book “Bloggers on the Bus, How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press.”
The title is a reference to 1972’s “The Boys on the Bus” by Timothy Crouse, about the press and the 1972 campaign (and just males, I guess).
I’m reading the book and I can’t put it down except when my wife yells at me to get back to moving things. It is so well written that it is like reading a novel. I’ll try to write more later if I live through this move.
Visit this site: The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity by Matt Miller.
Our leaders have failed to prepare us for what lies ahead because they are in the grip of a set of “dead ideas” about how a modern economy should work.
I will definitely read it.
Click here to buy the book with a commission going to me: The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity
I had a very short conversation with Gary Hirshberg, “Chairman, President and CE-Yo” of Stonyfield Farm, the organic dairy. Gary has a book out, Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, in which he uses his 25 years of experience to “try to shatter the myth that environment and commerce are in conflict.”
Gary was boarding a delayed plane so we didn’t get a chance to talk for long, but the plane is coming to my area of California so we’re going to try to pick up the conversation in person. I’ll write more then, but I wanted to let you know that he will be talking about the book tonite in San Francisco and also tomorrow at a couple of locations: (See this link)
February 19th Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA, 5:15 reception, 5:45 program, tickets required.
February 20th University of California at Berkeley – Hass School of Business, 12PM. NOT AT Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 12PM as previously posted
February 20th Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA, 7PM
If you get a chance, stop by and hear him talk about the book.
Today at noon listen live and call in at (718) 508-9604
The Smoking Politics, BlogTalkRadio show interviews Dr. Allan Brandt, author of The Cigarette Century. This is an important book, and Dr. Brandt tells an important story about how the tobacco industry shaped the 20th century.
So tune in. And if you miss the show you can always listen to it later.
The Best War Ever
New book — go watch the video.
Book Alert! Bill Scher from Liberal Oasis has written a book that comes out THIS WEEK. The book is Wait! Don’t Move to Canada: A Stay-and-Fight Strategy to Win Back America for a whopping $8.
You may have heard Bill on Air America’s Majority Report, so you know he’s very smart, and has remarkable insight and analytical skills.
GO BUY! Run up his advance numbers on Amazon for only $8. A higher ranking tells bookstores to order the book.
Frustrated liberals are mired in the political wilderness, while disgruntled Democrats and Republicans have grown weary of unprincipled politics, shoddy governance, and the general ineptitude of our public servants. ‘Look, it would be a lot easier to cut and run to Canada,’ say Janeane and Sam in their foreword, ‘but we all have an obligation not to.’ To those willing to stay and fight, Bill Scher offers a 10-step plan to rally popular support for a better, more effective, more liberal vision of government.
I’m reading George Lakoff’s new book, Whose Freedom, right now, so it is with interest I see that there is a good interview with Lakoff over at the talking dog. Go read.