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Book Club meeting

The book club meets at the Madhatter in south Dupont.  We will be reading "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good," by William Easterly.

I will make a reservation for the group under the name Andrew, and try to get the usual Madhatter room in the back.  Just ask for the Andrew table when you get there.

 

 

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  • Raymond U.

    Hey guys, After reading Easterly i have decided to make a career change and I was hoping to use this meet up group as means to network, since all of us all share the same interest. I narrowed my search down to four organizations ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics international and Crown agent USA . If you know anyone that works in any of this agencs could please contact me or could you keep an ear open for any business development associate jobs or Project Assistant ? perfectible in Business development, consulting venture capital. Location: Boston, or New York or DC. That would be a big help and please let know if the is anything i could do for you in return.

    April 11, 2013

  • Jack M.

    Here’s hoping that our neo-liberals come prepared to debunk Chang, because I have been blown away with his historic analysis of the free trade fables that I began believing after reading “In Defense of Globalization.” Chang’s analyses are devastating to the orthodoxy of the "holy trinity" and their neo-liberal ideology. For those who have not begun it, you will find it not only eminently readable but amazingly understandable. I found it hard to put down.

    You will enjoy his critique of SOE’s, "State Owned Enterprises" and his fabulous ability to demonstrate its equal relevance to privatization.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Steve

      Jack,

      I have the exact opposite opinion of this book. I thought Chang cherry-picked his data, argued poorly (even dishonestly) and wrote a profoundly anti-human book.

      Monday should be fun.

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • Jack M.

    Are we meeting on the 1st or the 8th?

    March 26, 2013

    • Andrew

      The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 1st. If there is demand and consensus to move it back one week, I would be OK with that though.

      March 26, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hi All. One thought - if we have as big of a crowd show up tonight as expected, then it may be helpful if people try to bring cash to pay for any food/drink. Having our server split the bill 28 ways for one group so everyone can pay on their cards seems a bit burdensome on them. Anyway, just a thought, since we've had this issue in the past.

    March 5, 2013

  • Meg N.

    Ugh so wish I could make it - this was going to be the first one I was able to attend! Got pulled into a photoshoot for the evening. Have fun discussing without me! :(

    March 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hi everyone. We've got 26 people that have responded that they plan to attend the meeting Tuesday. This is excellent! Could I just ask that anyone who has had a change of plans and now cannot attend please change their RSVP status? I need to confirm the reservation, and want to update the Mad Hatter on how many people to expect, so that we have enough spaces. Thanks!

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This one has good reviews: Governing the World: The History of an Idea
      Mark Mazower

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      March 5, 2013

  • Jack M.

    I have seen a special that treated the microloan program as a real success. I think the author of White Man's Burden would sing its praises. It is a grass roots approach to capitalism.

    February 28, 2013

  • mikeeee

    NGO vs GSE vs proselytizing religion each with their own advantages, disadvantages

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Raymond U.

    I wish to pose a question to the group. As a citizen of a third world country, i am curious to know your personal options about the effectiveness of Micro Finance as a means of alleviating poverty.

    February 27, 2013

    • Guy

      Of limited effectiveness: on a micro canvass, it may indeed book some positive effect; but globally, as regards the wider economy - it is no 'game-changer'­.

      February 27, 2013

  • Andrew

    For those of you that want a little extra, here are some links to interviews with the author of our next book:

    http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/02/easterly_on_gro.html

    http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2011/05/easterly_on_ben.html

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • dani r.

    I cannot go on tuesday, unfortunately. =(

    February 6, 2013

    • Andrew

      Sorry that the Tuesday doesn't work for you! I'm hesitant to reschedule for another day now that so many people have RSVP'ed though. Sorry!

      February 6, 2013

  • Meg N.

    I think I'll be able to make this one! :)

    February 6, 2013

  • Janet

    Looks like really interesting reading. Can't wait to meet people who've read it.

    February 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    Because of a possible conflict, I'm scheduling next month's meeting for Tuesday instead of Monday. Please let me know if this is a problem for anyone that otherwise would attend! I don't want to be inconveniencing anyone, and can try to figure out a way to keep the original day, if this is going to be a problem.

    February 5, 2013

  • Andrew

    Would there be any strong objections to holding this one meeting on Tuesday, March 5th instead of Monday?

    February 4, 2013

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