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LeftTimes Top 10 Links - June 2022
LeftTimes Top Links - June 2022
Book Review: The Dawn of Everything - An anonymous guest on ACX reviews David Graeber’s and David Wengrow’s latest book retelling of the origins of civilization - offering a fair summary, several thoughtful critiques, and ending with an alternate theory of the origins of humanity… “the Gossip Trap” and how social media may have reawakened our past.
The Triumph and Terror of Wang Huning - N.S. Lyons at Palladium Magazine tells the story of a little known, but highly influential member of the CCP who is finally getting his opportunity to reshape Chinese culture and the broader civilization.
Book Review: San Fransicko - Scott Alexander goes deep into the homelessness and the data/policies both behind its causes and the impact of attempted solutions - exploring how much the problems in the Bay Area are the fault of liberals.
Elephant in the Zoom - Ryan Grim at The Intercept describes how “Meltdowns have brought progressive groups to a standstill in a critical moment in history.” Sharing [anonymous] examples from org leaders from the Sunrise Movement, ACLU, BLM, the Sierra Club and more. Matt Yglesias followed up to this piece making a case for why we need to take the Pipeline Problem seriously (paid subscribers only). Noah Smith shared his thoughts on this reckoning and The Year We All Became Reactionaries.
Welcome to the Socialist Movement, Comrade Piketty - Eric Blanc in Jacobin reviews Piketty’s Time for Socialism.
Proportional Representation is a Terrible Idea that The Left Should Not Embrace - Benjamin Studebaker in Current Affairs shares his European perspective as to how proportional representation favors the status quo rather than being friendly to change. (Note: I disagree, but I like to share well-articulated contrary perspectives)
Chartbook #130 Defining Polycrisis - from Crisis Pictures to a Crisis Matrix - Adam Tooze brings simplicity and clarity to the extremely complex interconnected nature of global crises.
Ah, Carceral liberalism - Freddie DeBoer discusses the contradictions in social justice advocacy between criminal justice reform, cancel culture, and the demands for harsh punishments for people who commit identity crimes.
Housing Bubble Woes: Supply Jumps, Sales Drop - Wolf Richter at Wolf Street breaks down the rapid changes in the US housing market.
Point in History - Hans Hack created a beautiful interact map showing how boundaries have evolved over time. Re-shared by Flowing Data
The Nabateans - The Final Days of Petra - The Fall of Civilizations podcast has released its latest installment and it does not disappoint! This is the podcast … the video is coming soon!
That’s it now folks, enjoy!
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