B&B: Hannah Arendt // Research for profit // Neoliberalism and family values // Lessons of 1968 // Sociology of consumption // Index funds and inequality // Alienation and work

This time, especially worth reading and sharing pieces:

> Hannah Arendt: “Revolutions always appear to succeed with amazing ease in their initial stages, and the reason is that those who supposedly “make” revolutions do not “seize power” but rather pick it up where it lies in the streets.” Never before published Hannah Arendt’s essay on poverty, misery, and the Great Revolutions of History. It’s included in Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975 — by Hannah Arendt (Schocken, 2018)

> THE change in academic publishing since 1950s was the emergence of profitable publishing houses. A history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research

> “Family Values” is a shared normative project nurtured and used by Neoliberalism and Social Conservatism since the 1970s to change policies and societies. A review of Melinda Cooper’s Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (MIT Press, 2017) that challenges the idea that neoliberalism privileges atomized individualism over familial solidarities, and contractual freedom over inherited status.

> Relationships with Working Class struggles was important to 1968 movements, but the cultural break made by them have facilitated a shift towards the individualism of the market and “Free Market”-led politics — by Hilary Wainwright

> Shedding light on differential consumption in the Global North and South; consumption and inequality, and consumer citizenship by deploying relational, material culture and status-based analyses. A review of Joel Stillerman’s The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach (Polity, 2015)

> Index funds and Shareholder Value approach increase inequality: the passive investing in various ways shifts costs to consumers, it makes the rich richer, and the poor poorer — by Frank Partnoy, an author of Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets

> The Employment – a striking short animation on work and alienation

Infectious Greed How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets

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