Sunday, December 04, 2011

The reader over your shoulder

Whither the U.S.? Whither the human race?  I've read some pretty good books recently that grapple with the big questions, and I've enjoyed engaging with them here, whether in the form of reviews, free association, nitpicks, whatever.  Below, various responses to some good reads.

Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature
Religion helped develop our better angels 
Better Angels in the news 
The bettering angels of our nature

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee's Race Against the Machine 
We may be half-drowning, but we're not stagnating
see also:  A Kling-free future prosperity?

Tyler Cowen's The Great Stagnation
Slo-mo grow on the plateau: Tyler Cowen's theory of American Malaise

Richard Florida's The Great Reset
Food for thought, and occasional light rations
see also: Our future is not in manufacturing

Francis Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order
The state's oldest rival
Chronicle of an early social contract

Gideon Rachman's Zero-Sum Future
Gideon Rachman cries wolf, and bids us listen

Stephen J. Rose's Rebound
...foresees America unbound

Niall Ferguson's The War of the World
Fog of war

Robert Reich's Supercapitalism

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