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33% complete! vxnxnt has read 2 of 6 books.

Manufacturing consent (Paperback, 1994, Vintage) 5 stars

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a 1988 book by Edward …

An essential read for anyone looking to challenge the current hegemonic common sense

5 stars

I found this to be quite an interesting read which, although published in 1988, is still fairly relevant and now has helped me gain a new perspective on the inner workings of the mass media and the political economy encompassing it.

In the first chapter, Herman and Chomsky describe the political economy and derive their "propaganda model" from it. This propaganda model has "five filters" as follows: 1. Size, ownership, and profit orientation; 2. The advertising license to do business; 3. Sourcing mass media news; 4. Flak and the enforcers; 5. Anti-communism as a control mechanism. All of these aspects come together as filters for a system of self-censorship and deceit, whether conscious or unconsciously, directed towards the population to sustain the prevalent narrative of the U.S. government and the elite class.

The following six chapters are case studies in which the authors take a look at various topics, how …

Manufacturing consent (Paperback, 1994, Vintage) 5 stars

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a 1988 book by Edward …

The organization and self-education of groups in the community and workplace, and their networking and activism, continue to be the fundamental elements in steps toward the democratization of our social life and any meaningful social change. Only to the extent that such developments succeed can we hope to see media that are free and independent.

Manufacturing consent by , (Page 307)

Imperialism (Paperback, 2015, Rough Draft Printing) 5 stars

An Unabridged Edition with all charts, tables, and original footnotes, to include: Preface – Preface …

Imperialism is the epoch of finance capital and of monopolies, which introduce everywhere the striving for domination, not for freedom. Whatever the political system, the result of these tendencies is everywhere reaction and an extreme intensification of antagonisms in this field. Particularly intensified become the yoke of national oppression and the striving for annexations, i.e., the violation of national independence.

Imperialism by  (Page 139)

Consequences of Capitalism (Paperback, 2021, Haymarket Books) 5 stars

Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents …

A variety of topics with lot's of historical evidence

5 stars

The book has a large variety of topics concerning the Consequences Of Capitalism. This includes hegemonic common sense, militarism, the environment, neoliberalism (& globalization, financialization) and possible social change. All of which is given with relevant historical evidence, examples and context. The book also takes multiple ideas and concepts from other authors and implements them pretty well. This would include Karl Marx, Shoshana Zuboff and Mark Fisher (just to name a few). Aside from reading how much Capitalism effects our lives and in what way, I'm absolutely blown away by how much history this book has taught me and the amount of detail it went into!

So, if you're interested in learning the Consequences of Capitalism and a ton of history, then I would highly recommend it.

Consequences of Capitalism (Paperback, 2021, Haymarket Books) 5 stars

Covid-19 has revealed glaring failures and monstrous brutalities in the current capitalist system. It represents …

Belief that struggle is futile and that change is impossible is itself paralyzing and debilitating. This is one of the most potent elements in the naturalized common sense. That is, it rules everything in opposition to it as nonsense, quite literally. Demonstrating the fragility of this claim is the first step to change, I would say.

Consequences of Capitalism by , (Page 314)

Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei (Hardcover, German language, 2009, Nikol Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) 4 stars

Available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License: www.marxists.org/deutsch/archiv/marx-engels/1848/manifest

Das Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei wurde von …

An interesting historical read

4 stars

The manifesto is mostly just interesting as a historical piece for me, especially in terms of leftist history. Ideologically it's still pretty interesting to read, however some parts of it have naturally become a bit outdated which has even been acknowledged by Marx and Engels some 25 years later.

The edition of the manifesto I read even includes multiple prefaces by Engels throughout the years which further gave an amazing insight into history and what they felt and thought at the time. Additionally the book also included Engel's The Principles of Communism which practically functioned as an FAQ to fully illustrate what exactly Communism is and it stands for.

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Less Is More (2021, Penguin Random House) 5 stars

The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Now …

Might even be six stars

5 stars

Really readable introduction to degrowth. Covers the current state of climate change (which is, inevitably, pretty grim, but nowhere near Wallace-Wells), mentions the Anthropocene but then makes it clear that the term is misleading as it suggests we're all equally to blame. This segues into a history of capitalism through enclosure and colonialism which I found much more understandable than my previous attempts to read up on this. There's so much great stuff in here -- not necessarily new, but just well written -- about artificial scarcity and the growth imperative and the failings of GDP and so on. Also a nice discussion of ontology and the shift from animism to dualism, and how that makes exploiting the natural world seem, well, natural. The chapter on technology includes a disquieting explanation of BECCS and how that's the basis for so many mitigation plans, and also covers the problems of just …