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would anyone be interested in a politics book club?

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alexandriana Tue 24-May-11 22:06:46

we could do titles like 'the spirit level' or 'the shock doctrine'

any other ideas?

earthworm Wed 25-May-11 06:16:21

The Spirit Level Delusion:fact checking the left's new theory of everything.

jackstarb Wed 25-May-11 08:58:00

I kinda like the idea in principle - but doing the Spirit Level would more 'fight club' than book club smile. It would be more interesting to pick an older book, like Das Kapital.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Fri 27-May-11 19:28:02

Yes to book club and yes to the shock doctrine

MisterDarsey Sat 28-May-11 08:42:05

Das Kapital?? Thats a bit ambitious. Maybe better to start with Francis Wheen's book about Das Kapital:

Marx's "Das Kapital"

I'm looking forward to reading The Silent State by Heather Brooke (the MPs' expenses whistleblower)

jackstarb Sat 28-May-11 10:46:11

MisterDarsey - Francis Wheen's book looks interesting. - thanks.

I agree Das Kapital would be a bit ambitious - but at least it would have been an incentive for me to read it all (have always struggled).

Now i can just read Wheen's book instead smile.

HHLimbo Sun 29-May-11 15:34:39

Id be interested in the book club

longfingernails Sun 29-May-11 16:07:59

My first recommendation: The Road to Serfdom.

HHLimbo Sun 29-May-11 20:46:12

Yes to 'the spirit level' and 'shock doctrine' (I have been too scared to read this book so far, so doing it as part of the club would be good!)

My suggestion: The silent takeover.

Indaba Sun 04-Sep-11 22:39:17

I'm in...what are we reading then?

jackstarb Sun 04-Sep-11 22:46:11

Back From the Brink - by Alistair Darling grin

ironman Mon 05-Sep-11 08:35:51

OP. I think your idea is great. What is the 'shock doctrine'? Now I'll have to google it!
LFN 'The Road to Serfdom' must google that as well!grin

Indaba Mon 05-Sep-11 23:42:36

Come on, lets make a decision and lets get going. Don't care what, but lets start. Who is going to brave and decide?

Am secretly thrilled at the thought of being part of an online international book-group.....its so modern! grin

DrNortherner Sat 10-Sep-11 18:29:33

Oh yes. I'm in.

caramelwaffle Tue 13-Sep-11 22:52:55

"Chavs: The demonisation of the working class"

moronicatatonic Tue 13-Sep-11 23:00:20

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe.

The Communist Manifesto is shorter than Das Kapital.

Indaba Wed 14-Sep-11 20:32:07

Oh yes, lets do the Chavs book. Heard really interesting interview on Laurie Taylor: Thinking Allowed BBC Radio 4 re this book.....the programme specifically looked at how depiction of how working class has changed in the media.

In 1950 and 1960s working class often idolised/respected in film and TV......now working class through reality TV programmes are the great unwashed, feckless.

Introduced researcher who had been interviewing people in council estates.... (does one call them that now). Interviewees talked about dole louts, lazy, working and claiming state help, but then couldn't actually name any of their neighbours even annoymously.

Sounded really interesting.

Should we start reading?

Indaba Wed 14-Sep-11 20:33:13

what I meant was the interviewees couldn't actually name one of these people in real life......

caramelwaffle Wed 14-Sep-11 22:23:28

I have finished reading it ("Chavs") this morning.
I highly recommend it.

Indaba Sat 17-Sep-11 22:03:57

ok, am off to Amazon site....will report back re Chavs

caramelwaffle Sat 17-Sep-11 23:18:11

It is an absolute eye opener. Regardless of the colour of your politics.

ravenAK Sun 18-Sep-11 06:30:13

Ordered. I'm in.

caramelwaffle Thu 22-Sep-11 18:48:35

Anyone else?

rycooler Thu 22-Sep-11 18:57:08

I'm up for it.

caramelwaffle Thu 22-Sep-11 19:37:08

Excellent.

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