Nice exercise that provides some nice contrarian thinking, as long as one is aware that the methodology of cost-benefit analysis (as applied here) seems to ignore systemic risks (e.g. climate change) and under-plays the difficulty of getting from theory to policy (let alone realization).
Rich and fascinating deep-dive into an under-estimated millennium.
Nov. 2017: Interesting exploration of the implications of AGI, faulted by the typical preference of Analytical Philosophy for construction of intricate, highly theoretical scenario’s, under-emphasizing basic challenges (in the case of AGI: lack of robustness / antifragility).
Jun. 2023: The writer has leveraged the recent rise of LLMs like ChatGPT to further fuel fear about an AGI break-out – even though other AI-related risks require more imminent attention.
The ‘it is all about oil’ narrative of international politics over the last 20 years made explicit is a comprehensive yet digestible form.
Great overview that brings together different perspectives in a shocking narrative without becoming judgemental.
The writers provide valuable life lessons for individuals, but (unfortunately) do not discuss the broader societal function of protest movements.
David van Reybrouk – Against Elections (read in Dutch)
It would be interesting to expand the solution space to include not just random selection of citizens but also modes of participation and collaboration from non-political domains like open source software development.
Politics and court life in the high middle ages evoked in a juicy style.
The authors attack a overly simplified version of the theories they aim to refute, failing to recognize the necessarily non-linear nature of evolution.
March 2022: In the perspective of this book, it is curious to see how far Putin can stretch his narrative on the Ukraine invasionfor his domestic audience.
March 2022: A foresighted moral plea, that after the Ukraine invasion has become an even more chilling read.
October 2019: Elaborate and fascinating analysis of Putin’s Russia, which bears striking parallels to what populists in Western countries try, more recently.
March 2022: Chilling to see these themes back in Putin’s messaging around the Ukraine invasion.
In theory a fascinating topic, but in practice a boring read; as I should have expected because the Post leveraged rather than drove innovation.
Hard-felt plea for including future generations into political decision making.
Well documented account of how instrumental commodity markets have been in global politics.
Great exercise in spotting biases, and understanding how these manifest themselves in how the world around us is shaped.
Although the writer clearly picks sides, she does not shy away from the role of the US in the cyber arms race.
Mix of interesting Marxist perspectives on contemporary politics and confusing rants about old movies.
October 2021: Apparently, the financial troubles of Evergrande are the first cracks in the wall.
July 2019: Interesting perspective on China’s impressive rise over the past years, providing more context to the recent trade war with the US and contrasting the view of Kai-Fu Lee.
The book is more about political realities than about cultures, with little attention given to the role of black people (apart from them being enslaved).