Print Story Debt: A Pretty Good Book
By gzt (Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 09:37:12 AM EST) gzt, debt, rich, powerful, poor, political theory (all tags)
I'm reading Debt and I highly recommend it. It has a few prerequisites, and the more background one has, the better, but the author is very thorough, so if you lack in European history, he tells you pretty much all you need to know on that end - it's just better if you already have a framework for it. You're quite likely not to have the background in Chinese history, or Indian history, or Sumerian history, or African history, etc, so a lack of prior knowledge isn't a barrier to entry.

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Print Story I made bean burritos last night
By gzt (Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 01:47:29 PM EST) gzt, police, state, death, rich, debt, numerical analysis, john carter, beans, john ritter, latex (all tags)
garlic reminded me that the NATO/G8 protests coming up in May will likely be very annoying. Not only will there be anarchists, but there will be police as well. Not sure which I dislike more. Probably the police, since the police will shoot you if they have to, and their definition of "necessity" can sometimes be fairly lax. They can arrest you and charge you with a felony if you videotape them or record them without their consent (up to 15 years per count!). They can club you on the head and pepper spray you for almost any reason during what can be called a protest without any fear of recourse. Anarchists just smell bad and muck up traffic. Sometimes they might break a window.

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