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Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

Richard V Reeves Literary Review
This book, writes reviewer Reeves, "ought to be read by anyone interested in equality, and also anyone interested in people, history, God, politics, religion, nationalism, war or love."

The Curious Joy of Being Wrong

Daryl Van Tongeren The Conversation
Sometimes humility gets a bad rap. But having intellectual humility – being open to new information and willing to change your mind – can be beneficial for the individual and for society.

How Young Karl Marx Got Radicalized

Ryan Moore Jacobin
Karl Marx started out in a liberal milieu where the primary concern was abolishing religious authoritarianism. In time, he came to believe that abolishing capitalism was necessary for true freedom — and that only the working class could do it.


Achille Mbembe: Necropolitics

Antonio Pele Critical Legal Thinking
Reviewer Pele says author Mbembe defines “necropolitics” “as the political making of spaces and subjectivities in an in-between of life and death.” Necropolitical practices have their origins in colonialism and the slave plantation.


The Tricky Thing With Humanism, This Book Implies, Is Humans

Jennifer Szalai The New York Times
Sarah Bakewell’s sweeping new survey of the philosophical tradition, “Humanly Possible,” says that putting your faith in human behavior means confronting complacency and nihilism — but it can be worth it.

Why Socialists Need To Talk About Justice

Lillian Cicerchia Jacobin
It’s not enough for socialists to point out capitalism’s many faults — we need to explain our positive vision of the future and how it lives up to our ideals of justice.


Beyond a Biography: Seeing C.L.R. James Afresh

Paul Buhle New Frame
John L Williams’ new book on the pan-African thinker is a marvel that offers a close, meticulous description of his life and thinking, untangling his transformations and inviting reacquaintance.


"The Right to Sex" Thinks Beyond the Parameters of Consent

Jennifer Szalai New York Times
An essay collection centering on issues facing feminism today, the author calls on the movement to be “relentlessly truth-telling, not least about itself,” focusing on consent, intersectionality, misogyny, gendered violence, and other topics.
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