The Moving Train Book Club

Vincent Palumbo Smith
My thoughts on the books that I read.
Created 15 Dec 2020
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  • The 12 Tweets of Christmas
    23 Dec 2021 • 30 min read
    To get into the holiday spirit, I thought that I would create a 12 days of tweets post to review some of the things I have been thinking about this year. Yes, I know this is very lame way to “wrap” my...
  • A New Principal Contradiction?
    02 Dec 2021 • 12 min read
    “一切历史都是当代史” “All history is contemporary history” “一个民族如果不能面对历史,这个民族就没有未来” “A nation that cannot face its history has no future.” ― Yang Jisheng, historian known for a book on the Great Leap Forward (...
  • 2005: When Things Fell Apart?
    28 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    “In my opinion, the defining trait of a superpower is not its weapons systems, strength of its currency, or how widely its language is used, but if it promotes peace and human rights in the world,” Ji...
  • A Political Week, Heading into a Political Year
    12 Nov 2021 • 11 min read
    Yesterday, SupChina organized the NEXTChina conference with two fantastic online panels on the COVID-19 era and the Red New Deal that I attended virtually. Both panels were engaging as they were conne...
  • Is China Becoming a Paper Leviathan?
    09 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
    “Under our constitution, the president of the republic is like the Sun, immovable at the center of the universe, radiating life. This supreme authority should be permanent… a fixed point around which ...
  • The Investing Mirage?
    01 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 2 0
    “The real trouble of this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Lif...
  • The Race between Singularity and Nightfall
    27 Oct 2021 • 15 min read
    “We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a da...
  • The End of an Era?
    20 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 1 2
    So I spent most of today researching for a post on the much headier question of whether the market cycle is past its euphoria phase, the limits of knowledge, and what are the qualities that make a goo...
  • An Economic Analysis of Chomsky's Philosophy
    17 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    One of the things I love about podcasts is that often a single sentence can spark a whole line of thought that recalls something from memory that you thought had long been forgotten. I did something s...
  • Workers of the World Unite (for macroeconomic balance)!
    01 Oct 2021 • 12 min read
    After reading Trade Wars are Class Wars, my first impression is how extraordinarily relevant it was to everything happening around the world over the last month, especially in China and Germany. It co...
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