Vincent’s Book Club

Vincent Palumbo Smith
My thoughts on the books that I read.
Created 15 Dec 2020
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  • 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...
  • Rehashing 2020 Election, Thoughts on Recall
    26 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    The last time I felt this sense of foreboding about an election was in November 2016 following FBI director James Comey’s October Surprise. If you live in California, you likely know that I am referri...
  • Authoritarianism, Alone?
    19 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    Occasionally, I come across a theory that so thoroughly changes the way I see the world that I wonder if it can possibly be an empirically valid description of reality. The MIT economist, Peter Temin,...
  • The Elusiveness of Control
    28 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    “It was never about possessions. It’s about power,” Ralph Offenhouse, a rich industrialist unfrozen from a cryogenic chamber in the 23rd century on the U.S.S. Enterprise. “Power to do what,” asks Pica...
  • Education or Collapse
    05 Jul 2021 • 13 min read
    Recently, I read a wonderfully erratic book, #WeAreRent: Capitalism, Cannibalism and Why We Must Outlaw Free Riding by an avowed Georgian, Fred Harrison, after reading an endorsement from Martin Wolf’...
  • The Death of Free Markets as a Game of Clue
    27 Jun 2021 • 8 min read
    I am sometimes nervous to buy books with academic publishers, because I know that I should expect pages of charts littered with obscure statistics. If you purchased the French economist Thomas Philipp...
  • A Nation of Inheritors?
    20 Jun 2021 • 7 min read
    “Riches were like [manure]: When it lay, upon an heape, it gave but a stench, and ill odour; but when it was spread upon the ground, then it was cause of much fruit,” Francis Bacon. So I want to keep ...
  • From the Perspective of Eternity
    30 May 2021 • 8 min read
    I may be the only person who seeks out book recommendations from 1952 delivered to me from the omniscient wisdom of the YouTube algorithm. I did precisely that when I purchased an old 1st edition of B...
  • Loving, Hating, and Understanding Jimmy Carter
    18 May 2021 • 9 min read
    As President Carter’s former intern, I am embarrassed to admit that I knew so little of the Jimmy Carter story. Even all those tours of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum did not really help that mu...
  • Keynes, Climate, and the Sovereignty of the Good
    01 May 2021 • 9 min read
    Lately, I’ve been thinking about a quote from Marcus Aurelius who believed that meaning in life could only be found by, “not siding with the majority, but to escape finding oneself among the ranks of ...
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