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Nonetheless, the book is just peppered with insight; here are a few examples. The idea of the Church as the first proprietarian, capitalist organisation; tackling myths about inherent cultural characteristics (for example, the idea of the Indian caste system being as lazy a myth as, say, Malays in Singapore being lazier than other races); Eastern European economies losing two to three times what they gain in EU transfers in capital profits accruing to Western investors.
Definitely worth reading, but while remaining mindful of other perspectives.
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About the book specifically. I enjoyed the first section, the how we got to this problem, much more than the last section, how to get ourselves out. With the first section it felt like I was learning things and seeing things in a new perspective, which is useful. The second section, however, felt unrealistically optimistic and thus depressing. I mean, we cannot get people to agree and follow some simple actions to mitigate an ongoing pandemic, how are we supposed to get them to agree on a complex system of taxes and distribution? When we cannot get people to agree that germs exist and the Earth is not flat, how are we supposed to discuss the benefits and necessity of redistribution?
Our depressing reality aside, I think this book may also have ruined future fantasy books for me. I was reading another book in tandem with listening to this one and my mind kept wondering off to the topic of classes and taxes those classes are paying. How many authors are going to go to such lengths in their world-building? And would I, as a reader, want them to?
In conclusion, this book ruined everything and I cannot wait to read something new from the author. :)
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