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Leigh Phillips

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Leigh Phillips is a science and EU affairs journalist who writes for Nature, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and Jacobin.

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This is a think piece and the ideas have virtue what little in line sourcing there is sometimes made me cringe almost to the point to giving it up. Like siting Hidden Figures the movie over the book and other novels.
Blanket_Dragon | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
Great introduction to thinking about how a socialist economy could work. I wish there were references because some of the information didn't seem very accurate. For example, Target predicting pregnancies before the pregnant person knew themselves they were pregnant - pretty sure this is in reference to an incident where a pregnant teenager was sent baby coupons based on her informed pregnancy purchases (e.g. prenatal vitamins), which revealed her pregnancy to her father, but not to herself. I felt the book could be structured better. There's a lot of repetition and too much time spent on history, in my opinion. Also I'm not a fan of how much they unnecessarily use Latin terminology.… (més)
matsuko | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 17, 2023 |
The book starts out well. The first chapters are quite interesting. But eventually the authors become more interested in their ideology than in how to make planning work. Their plan for a better future is based on

taxing the rich
lots of nuclear energy and hydroelectric energy
no fossil fuels
global planning

Even they admit that this not going to suddenly just happen. I'm not sure how they get the view that nuclear and hydroelectric energy are cheap and clean and carbon neutral. This does not agree with other opinions I have read. Nuclear isn't viable until uranium mining is cleaned up and long term storage of radioactive materials has been solved. Hydroelectricity in its current form is very disruptive of the river ecosystems. Sunken forests also release large amounts of CO2 and methane. Just calling these technologies clean and ignoring the problems involved is irresponsible.

What would be interesting would be a study of what could actually work now. This book doesn't do it.
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MarthaJeanne | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 27, 2020 |
This is rough. Like many of the other reviewers, I am craving what his title promises. After a few chapters, though, all I really picked up was that he thinks Naomi Klein/etc are hypocrites. Like, OK, you made your case, now move on. As a reader it became impossible to hear out his arguments against those people when he gave no hints of any alternative worldview. DNF
mitchtroutman | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 14, 2020 |

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