What we're about
This group is for anyone interested in reading about economics in general or about social democracy/democratic socialism, broadly speaking, with no fixed ideology of any kind. People from any political background are welcome!
We might read:
1. Contemporary texts like Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee's "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies," Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler's "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think," Joseph Stiglitz's "The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future," Matt Taibbi's "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," Richard Wolff's "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism," David Harvey's "Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism," Arundhati Roy's "Capitalism: A Ghost Story," Michael Mandelbaum's "The Road to Global Prosperity," Luigi Zingales's "A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity," John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge's "The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State," or Timothy Geithner's "Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises."
2. Economics or economic history classics from authors like Appleby, Becker, Blaug, Collier, Cowen, Easterly, Eichengreen, Ferguson, Frieden, Friedman, Hayek, Heilbroner, Keynes, Krugman, Landes, Lind, Mankiw, Nasar, Polanyi, Rodrik, Rothbard, Sachs, Schumpeter, Shiller, Smith, Stiglitz, von Mises.
3. Democratic socialist classics from authors like Adorno, Allende, Bell, Bellamy, Chavez, Chomsky, Cohen, Cole, Davis, Debs, Dewey, Du Bois, Dyson, Ehrenreich, Engels, Gramsci, Habermas, Harrington, Harvey, Hayden, Hobsbawm, Hook, Horkheimer, Howe, Judt, King, Klein, Lipset, Luxemburg, Mandela, Marable, Marcuse, Marx, Mills, Nehru, Nichols, Niebuhr, Orwell, Piven, Rawls, Rorty, Russell, Shaw, Thomas, Thompson, Trotsky, the Webbs, West, Wilson, Zinn - or any others suggested by members! (I am no expert on the subject, and, after a political slumber, am only beginning to develop my knowledge of it.)
We can organize the reading list democratically, with choice of selection by consensus or by a rotating member.