Yuval Noah Harari

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV)

 

Danny Gutwein’s excellent play-by-play of The Chosen One‘s new book, 21 Lessons for the Twenty-First Century; very succinct, very enjoyable. So enjoy:

Danny Gutwein, ‘How Yuval Noah Harari Became the Pet Ideologist of the Liberal Elites’

 

 

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Dani Rodrik discusses Hyper-Globalization and its Discontents.

If you don’t know Prof Rodrik’s work, you’re welcome.

There’s no shortage of criticism of the 21st century’s globalised form of feudalism we know as neo-liberalism, but to take it down so cogently, authoritatively and with such a ceaseless grasp of the economic facts is music to the ears.

As I grapple with my ingrained support for free trade; Rodrik’s words are never too many.

Enjoy,

 

Dani Rodrik (and Mark Blyth) – From Globalization to Hyper-Globalization and Back

“Sure looks a lot like conservatism” by Didier Fassin

Macron

Sometimes you just can’t say it better.

For those currently harbouring illusions about Macron or the future of France, here is Didier Fassin’s LRB piece in response to Sophie Pedder’s fawning hagiography “Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation” (The Economist, quelle surprise).

Not unlike his political alter egos – self-proclaimed progressives such as Obama and Trudeau – Macron has proven himself an expert showman and mountebank, an authoritarian and ‘president of the rich’, hiding in plain sight behind identitarian rhetoric and intelligent public relations.

Front National never stood a chance of winning in 2017. Will we be able to say the same in 2022?

Enjoy:

Didier Fassin, ‘Sure looks a lot like Conservatism’