Tuesday, September 27, 2005

My revolutionary reading list

Sometimes its hard to explain the whole enchilada when it comes to my revolution. So what i'll do here is create a reading list of about 20 books so you can do your homework on what i think. With this i'll explain what the book is about and why i'm recomending it. So i'll be adding and subtracting a few, here goes:

Warriors At Work: by Mustafah Dhada. It's a book about the revolution in Guinea Bissau enactd by the PAIGC back when they ousted the Portugese from their country. The book is comprehensive in that it covers the war itself, and in a separate section the social-economic programs that the PAIGC orchestrated during the war.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu it's a classic, what more can i say?

The Tao Te Ching,
another classic, more mystical than the first. If read from the right angle, i heard it was one of the first treatises on systems thinking.

Natural Capitalism by Hawken, Lovins and Lovins this book explains how to create a sustainable economy. Devoid of pleas and morality, this book goes into the nitty-gritty of how companies have been making environmentally better products and profits in business using sustainable strategies (architecture, carpet making) as well as some governmental concerns and examples.

The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs The activist that saved New York from becoming one big project. . . she hits us off with a book explaining how the economy is just like evolution. Through a series of conversations from characters in the book she explains the nuts and bolts of economic development, stagnation and how economists and politicians can grow a green thumb for the greenbacks. Apparently, money doesn't grow on trees, but the economy evolves like an ecosystem.

Metu Neter Vol. 2 by Ra Un Nefer Amen volume one is a dense doozy. Volume two i like and recommend because it contains an explanation of different kinds of thinking, abstract and concrete, analytic and synthetic etc., and that in itself helps to clarify my thinking, and hopefully yours, about how to approach problems. Many times problems don't get solved not because they're intractable or incorrigible, but because we haven't found the flaws in our thinking on how to assess and approach the problem.

Two books by George Lakoff: Don't think of an Elephant (read first) and Moral Politics (rsecond) these books examine the political spectrum from the view of cognitive science. He shows in these books why the 'liberal' and 'conservative' frameworks are consistent and why they are what they are. Part of his grind is to show the 'liberal' establishment (or lack therof) why the conservatives have had this slow but steady rise to power in the last couple decades.

That's all for now. Happy reading
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