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Oliver Eagleton: The Starmer Project (EBook, 2022, Verso Books) 4 stars

Hailed as a human-rights champion and political outsider, what sort of politician is Keir Starmer …

Worth reading, but wildly tendentious

4 stars

Worth reading for the first chapter alone, which plots Starmer's move from a remarkably left-wing lawyer (I had no idea he was involved in the McLibel case, for example) to a marked authoritarian, starting with his involvement in Northern Ireland and ramping up during his time as DPP. How you feel about the second chapter probably depends a lot on how you feel about Lexit, though arguably there are patterns emerging here that remain through the rest of Starmer's career. The remainder of the book covers the period of Starmer's rise to leader of the party, and really continues the theme of moving towards greater authoritarianism and watering down any left-wing policies. Eagleton is obviously not a fan, and that rather mars much of the book, but the first chapter is pretty breathtaking as a character study.

Brian Bergstrom, Kohei Saito: Slow Down (Astra House) 4 stars

Why, in our affluent society, do so many people live in poverty, without access to …

Good stuff, but a bit wrapped up in exegesis of Marx

4 stars

Good on assessing/criticizing 'green growth', left-accelerationism, SDGs, and the like. Also good on discussing Japanese thinkers and whether Japan's lost decade(s) count as degrowth. Gets a bit bogged down in analyzing whether Marx was leaning away from productivism in his later years, based on reading his unpublished notebooks. Sketches out a pretty plausible model for what degrowth communism could look like, but then gets a bit wrapped up in Chenoweth's 3.5% as all we need to achieve our ends :(

Brian Bergstrom, Kohei Saito: Slow Down (Astra House) 4 stars

Why, in our affluent society, do so many people live in poverty, without access to …

But even this goal of 35.6F represents quite a dangerous change, and many scientists are sounding the alarm that we must keep the rise in temperatures below 34.7F. And yet, Nordhaus's model would produce a rise of 38.3F.

Slow Down by , (Page 2)

I have to assume this is a botched conversion from the original Celsius. As an absolute temperature, 35.6F is 2C, but not as a temperature difference...