New Books: Politics. Economics. I.

Globalists; The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism by Quinn Slobodian. Harvard University Press, 2018. Slobodian begins his story in the remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the chaotic world the followed the Great War, out of which grew an aggressive globalization.

Anti-Pluralism; The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy by William Galston. Yale University Press, 2018. Immigration, the growing division between urban and rural prospects, and the declining prospects for a long-run prosperity have fueled the populist movement.

American Default; The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold by Sebastian Edwards. Princeton University Press, 2018. Edwards describes FDR’s rancorous clashes with conservative Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a confrontation that threatened the future of the New Deal and lead to Roosevelt’s attempt to ‘pack the court’ in 1937.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. Public Affairs, 2018. We are at the juncture in a confrontation between high tech companies and capitalist enterprises.

The Infinite Desire for Growth by Daniel Cohen & Mary Todd, trans. Princeton University Press, 2018. Our obsession with economic growth as a solution to all of our problems.

The World Inequality Report: 2018 by Thomas Piketty et al. Harvard University Press, paper 2018. Analysis that will be important to policy makers and scholars – if and when they choose to deal with the problem.

Class Matters; The Strange Career of an American Delusion by Steve Fraser. Yale University Press, 2018. Six signposts of American history, each in its own way suggesting just how much class maters.

Must We Defend Nazis? Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy by Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic. New York University Press, 2018 paper. Gainesville has recently had that discussion.

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? by Robert Kuttner, W.W. Norton, 2018. Can we roll back the clock and enjoy the prosperity of the post-World War II years?

Land of the Fee; Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class by Devin Fergus. Oxford University Press, 2018. Fergus looks at the massive transfer of wealth from the many to the few: large banking corporations, airlines, corporate hotel chains, and other institutions of vast wealth.

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