27 January 2010 0:52 AM (parenti | parecon | albert | permaculture)
While I fail to sleep, some readings:
Is it time for a Fifth International?, by Michael Albert. I've always respected Albert's work on parecon. He's a very smart and principled fellow. It's also equally clear that someone else will have to be the one to implement his ideas.
Last year I went on a Jane Austen kick. Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, all these, check. Only two more savory delights left! Oh, Mr. Darcy!
My current reading is the fascinating The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome. It's a little hard to get a hold of, but I highly recommend it. Parenti is a great storyteller, and it's great to hear him rip a hole in Cicero. It's also eerie how the struggles of Roman times echo our own.