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Aaron John Bastani is a British political commentator, writer, broadcaster and activist. He is a Contributing Editor and Digital Officer of Novara Media, which he co-founded.
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The Divide
Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets
Jason Hickel - Feb 13, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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More than four billion people—some 60 percent of humanity—live in debilitating poverty, on less than $5 per day. The standard narrative tells us this crisis is a natural phenomenon, having to do with things like climate and geography and culture. It tells us that all we have to do is give a bit of aid here and there to help poor countries up the de...
Aaron Bastani
May 19, 2021
China was the world's largest economy before 1850 and in 1800 had a standard of living on a par with Europe. Maybe read some books about colonialism? Mike Davis on Late Victorian Holocausts and Jason Hickel's 'The Divide' good places to start.      source
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David Heinemeier Hansson
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Late Victorian Holocausts
El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
Mike Davis - Jan 17, 2017 (first published in 2000)
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Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history.......
Aaron Bastani
May 19, 2021
China was the world's largest economy before 1850 and in 1800 had a standard of living on a par with Europe. Maybe read some books about colonialism? Mike Davis on Late Victorian Holocausts and Jason Hickel's 'The Divide' good places to start.      source
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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
Rashid Khalidi - Jan 28, 2020
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A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the cou...
Aaron Bastani
May 12, 2021
@johnmcfadian @AlexofBrown firstly its an occupation more than a 'conflict'. Secondly, I'm not particularly 'obsessed' by it - hence like I say I found that book useful in terms of learning more. I recommend it.      source
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Ch Fawad Hussain
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Kim Stanley Robinson - Jun 05, 2018
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A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.Now, we approach our new home.AURORA....
Aaron Bastani
Mar 28, 2021
The subtext with KSR is always humanity’s relationship to nature & technology under capitalism but this is probably the best book I’ve read at the interface of science & climate fiction. Gives you a renewed perspective on our amazing planet. Really recommended.      source
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo - Apr 08, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Ann...
Aaron Bastani
Mar 17, 2021
@michaeljswalker Recommend reading this. Completely agree, any reasonable person subject to veil of ignorance would choose China over India in a flash.      source
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Myth and Reality
Clive Ponting - Sep 01, 1993 (first published in 1990)
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It was the year of the glorious Battle of Britain, of the heroic evacuation of Dunkirk. It was the time when the mighty British empire declared its intention to fight the Nazis-alone if necessary-to the bitter end. It was, as Churchill dubbed it, Britain's "Finest Hour." In 1940: Myth and Reality, Clive Ponting reveals that it was nothing of the so...
Aaron Bastani
Jan 21, 2021
Such a great book. I often get requests for recommended reading and I’m tempted to start a newsletter. Have had the pleasure of reading lots of marginal and out of print stuff over the last year. I want to share it!      source
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The People's Republic of Walmart
How the World's Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism (Jacobin)
Leigh Phillips - Mar 05, 2019
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Since the demise of the USSR, the mantle of the largest planned economies in the world has been taken up by the likes of Walmart, Amazon and other multinational corporationsFor the left and the right, major multinational companies are held up as the ultimate expressions of free-market capitalism. Their remarkable success appears to vindicate the ol...
Aaron Bastani
Dec 07, 2020
@Cautious_Koala I did, a few years ago! Great book and much recommended.      source
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The Romance of American Communism
Vivian Gornick - Mar 09, 1978
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Writer and critic Vivian Gornick's classic exploring how Left politics gave depth and meaning to American life."Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class." So begins Vivian Gornick's exploration of how the world of socialists, communists, and progressives in the 1940s and 1950s created a rich, diverse...
Aaron Bastani
Dec 03, 2020
As recounted in this outstanding book.      source
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Corey Robin
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The Rise and Fall of the British Nation
A Twentieth-Century History
David Edgerton - Jun 27, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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'Forget almost everything you thought you knew about Britain ... You will not find a better informed history' David Goodhart, Evening Standard'A striking new perspective on our past' Piers Brendon, Literary ReviewFrom the acclaimed author of Britain's War Machine and The Shock of the Old, a bold reassessment of Britain's twentieth century.It is usu...
Aaron Bastani
Nov 30, 2020
One of my favourite books this year. A great Christmas present!      source
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Duncan Weldon
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The Jakarta Method
Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Vincent Bevins - May 19, 2020
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The hidden story of the wanton slaughter -- in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world -- backed by the United States. In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist par...
Aaron Bastani
Sep 19, 2020
Good book, people should read it to understand the fanaticism of cold war era anti-communism. I think it explains a lot about the conspiracy theories we are increasingly seeing.      source
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Rob Delaney
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Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency
War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
Andreas Malm - Sep 22, 2020
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What does the COVID 19 tell us about the climate breakdown, and what should we do about it? The economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented. Governments have spoken of being at war and find themselves forced to seek new powers in order to maintain social order and prevent the spread of the virus. This is often exer...
Aaron Bastani
Aug 19, 2020
A brilliant book persuasively argued. The probable number of distinct coronaviruses among the planet’s bat population is 3,000, with several hundred likely to impact humans. Deforestation in SE Asia means 99% of its bat population could be forced to migrate by 2050...😬      source
The History Thieves by Ian Cobain
Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain
The Socialist Manifesto by Bhaskar Sunkara
The BBC by Tom Mills
Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek