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Finished reading, with satisfaction: A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich 📚

I only read the last chapters, to get the highest of highlights covering from ~1800 up to 1915. For that purpose it served excellently. My appetite is whetted for more details on this period. I have more questions now, and some better, refreshed and renewed, understanding of the shape of events during that time. I will refer to this text in the future when I want to get the gestalt of the orthodox view of events for other periods as well.

Finished reading, with satisfaction: A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty 📚

5 out of 5 stars for this one: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I found this book to be very informative and overall a good read. I’m looking for more context in this area. In particular:

  • Why did progressive taxation and the welfare state become the chosen option beginning around 1915? What events lead to that conclusion? I don’t find “because World War 1” to be sufficient. It must have been a long road leading up to that.
  • How did the free movement of capital around 1980 come about? Also, there are consequences of this globalization, and I want to have a firmer grasp on the connection between this cause and effect. It really seems to be a defining frame for so many issues in the world; is that true?
  • And at the same time, circa 1980, the decline of progressive taxation. Was is the same fundamental forces? And no wonder our infrastructure is poorly maintained and failing: we built it all in an entirely different budgetary situation. (Edit: added this one)
  • Generally more of a connection between the historical context and the basically economic story that Piketty tells here. I would really like to compare the events that are emphasized by different authors in the same time periods.
  • Exploring the conceptions of private property as a concept for common good. I assume that this is a regular socialist topic, but I haven’t read much of that.
  • Finding an accurate description of the global economic system, meaning capitalist, socialist, and the hybridization.

There are some few details in the text about these events and ideas, but I want to understand more concretely. If you’ve got good book recommendations, I’m interested. I have a few books in house already that I can credibly start to expore some of this stuff.

I added How to Know Everything by Elke Wiss to my Want To Read shelf 📚

I saw this book before somewhere, I don’t remember where. But I passed it up because it couldn’t possibly be true; knowing everything is not something that a person can do. So I figured it must be some gimmick, something else. Plus, I’d already read How Not To Be Wrong. Until I read this book review which corrected my misunderstanding. Philosophy, you say? How to ask better questions?

I’m in.

Bullet Journaling?

Just doing a quick tour through this. I kinda feel like my notes aren’t gelling, and I’ve started collecting kind of a lot of them. A friend said this was working for him, so I’ll take a look. Not planning to read every page though. I’ll set a reminder to post an update in a couple of months. Currently reading: The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll 📚

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Do y’all know this book? The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker 📚 I love this book. Anyone know any more books like this? I’m always on the lookout for good books. This town has one of the best bookstores in the world, and I like supporting it by buying books there.

Dracula Daily is taking off? I didn’t have this on my bingo card.

@cobblystreet on Twitter has grabbed a bunch of memes from Tumblr for me to enjoy; thoroughly enjoying these takes 🤣

Can’t wait for tomorrow’s installment, hopefully there is one!