B&B: Markets and the Decline of Democracy // Materiality of Finance // Myth of Agricultural Revolution // Data and the Future of Work // Books on Globalization // Academic Managerialism

This time especially worth reading and sharing pieces:

> “Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy” is an insightful lecture given in 2018 by the late John Weeks, an progressive heterodox economist and avid critic of capitalism. Being a rigorous scholar and committed public intellectual made his books particularly revealing and tought-provoking: Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy (2014) and The Debt Delusion: Living Within Our Means and Other Fallacies (2020)  

> We have been told this story about history: humans lived in egalitarian bands of hunter-gatherers, then came farming and private property, and then modern cities have emerged. The late David Graeber and David Wengrow argue that this persistent narrative is wrong and it erroneously presents social inequality as inevitable.

> The best 5 books on Globalization – its past and present, its underpinnings and consequences – presented and recommended by Dani Rodrik: Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium by Ronald Findlay and Kevin O’Rourke (2007), Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century by Jeffry Frieden (2006), Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System by Barry Eichengreen (1996), One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer (2002), The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi. I would add to this list The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power and the Origins of Our Times by Giovanni Arrighi (1994), States and the Reemergence of Global Finance: From Bretton Woods to the 1990s by Eric Helleiner (1994), Capitalism in the Age of Globalization: The Management of Contemporary Society by Samir Amin (1997), Rodrik’s The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011), and Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism by Quinn Slobodian (2018).

> The ‘all-administrative’ university offers students not an education but a credential with a market value, it prefers them and their faculty not reflective but fast and efficient. Can Higher Education be saved from academic managerialism? — by Ron Srigley

> How ‘datafication’ is resculpting work, why ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ is the extension of old logics and dynamics, and how Covid-19 is likely to further imbalance power at work absent reform. — by Hettie O’Brien and Mathew Lawrence

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> On the materiality of finance, and on cheapness as a complex social process involving not only economic externalization, but also culturally and historically forms of technology, labor, and aesthetics — an interview with Sarah Besky

> Class and Precarity in China: A Contested Relationship — by Chris Smith and Pun Ngai

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