B&B: Neoliberal Feminism // Corporate personhood // Kinship, religion and blockchain // Why is strike called ‘strike’? // The history of the planning state // Business’ grasp of universities

This time, especially worth reading and sharing pieces:

> “The history of the planning state and its dismantlement is today more relevant than ever, as we continue to endure the deadliest pandemic in a century… This question is especially relevant in cities, given that the coronavirus not only takes advantage of the most precarious urban residents but does so by exploiting some of the worst planning failures of recent years.” – by Jacob Anbinder 

> Over a century ago, Thorstein Veblen observed the problematics of the control of universities by businessmen and their subversive influence on research and scholarly culture. In the context of the current managerialist approach in academia, Nick Romeo and Ian Tewksbury reread Veblen’s The Higher Learning in America: A Memorandum on the Conduct of Universities by Business Men

> “Unemployment isn’t natural. It’s a legal and social choice”. How job security and democracy at work can cure the unemployment pandemic, discusses Ewan McGaughey, an author of A Casebook on Labour Law (2018)

> The Long History of Corporate Personhood: Business has consistently been one of the most powerful forces in political life. So how did this come to be obscured? asks Lawrence B. Glickman, an author of Free Enterprise: An American History (2019) and Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America (2012)

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> Neoliberal Feminism: It does recognise various forms of gender inequality, but the solutions it posits elide the socioeconomic and cultural structures of these phenomena, portraying women as atomised, self-optimising, and entrepreneurial — by Catherine Rottenberg, an author of The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism (2018)

> Starting with hedonism of the bohemian Bloomsbury Group and ending with credit default swap, Jennifer Szalai reviews Zachary Carter’s new excellent and wit personal and intellectual biography of Keynes The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes (2020)

> Why are strikes called ‘strikes? The answer goes back 250 years, to the birth-pangs of the English Working Class — by Dermot Feenan

> Do kinship and religion pave the road to the blockchain and to a future beyond credit-money and debt, without the need for banks or governments to serve as central repositories of trust? — by Natalie Smolenski

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