B&B: The dangerous ‘free will’ | Business of scholarship | From hippies into consumers | Books on politics and markets | The poor as an alien | Banks and the Racial Gap

Turning hippies into Reagan voters: The values of the 1960’s countercultural movement (liberation, freedom, etc) were co-opted by corporations and used to perpetuate a culture of consumption and production. An interview with Carl Cederström, an author of The Happiness Fantasy

Mariana Mazzucato recommends 5 books explaining how political forces shape the markets: Franzen’s The Corrections, Turner’s Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance, Lazonick’s Profits Without Prosperity, Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, Polanyi-Levitt’s From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

How the poor became an alien population: “Material deprivation is inextricably linked to fundamental questions of citizenship… The poor are trapped within a social panopticon that permits and feeds on their constant observation” — by Kim Phillips-Fein

On the politics of the brand of liberal technocracy and the alignment of Keynes and Hegel: Adam Tooze reflects and elaborates on Geoff Mann’s In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy and Revolution

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Over the course of US history, white economic success has often been subsidized by black dollars. Armond Towns and Carolyn Hardin review an excellent and eye-opening The Color of Money: Black Banks & the Racial Wealth Gap by Mehrsa Baradaran

Yuval Noah Harari: Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself. Belief in the idea of ‘free will’ has become dangerous. The easiest people to manipulate will be those who believe in free will.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is an important documentary that tackles and questions the $25.2 billion a year that flow into for-profit academic publishers and their the 35-40% (!) profit margin. Watch free and spread the word.

Vast tracts of inequality in Latin America result from the most uneven land and property ownership in the world

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