The Frustration with Productivity Culture: Why we’re so tired of optimizing our work lives, by Cal Newport

In 1999, the management theorist Peter Drucker noted that the productivity of the manual worker had grown fiftyfold during the last century. “On this achievement rest all of the economic and social gains of the 20th century,” Drucker concluded. In other words, the increase in productivity is why today most Americans own a smartphone, while a century ago they didn’t have indoor plumbing. By Cal …

Herbert Marcuse

By Matt Taibbi, Feb 2021, Substack Earlier this week I published a long criticism of One-Dimensional Man and Repressive Tolerance by Herbert Marcuse. In reviews, I always try to keep in mind the quote by Kurt Vonnegut, that anyone who gives way to rage in book criticism is “like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or …

Systematizers

While everyone has a Systemizing Mechanism, it’s tuned especially high in people who are inventors and in those drawn to fields like science, engineering, music, competitive sports, high-level business and often, too, in people with autism. By Christine Kenneally, NY Times Book Review, Dec 2020 THE PATTERN SEEKERSHow Autism Drives Human InventionBy Simon Baron-Cohen At the end of the 20th …

Highlights from Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor (on the kindle) – some highlights are cut off because you can only highlight so much at once and not consecutive things, generally Location: 664 To breathe is to absorb ourselves in what surrounds us, to take in little bits of life, understand them, and give pieces of ourselves …

Highlights from Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions

Notes/Excerpts from Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions by Denise Fairchild, Al Weinrub, Diego Angarita Horowitz, Isaac Baker, Lynn Benander, Strela Cervas, Ben Delman, Anthony Giancatarino, Vivian Yi Huang, Derrick Johnson, Cecilia Martinez, Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, Anya Scholman, Sean Sweeney, Maggie Tishman, Miya Yoshitani, and Ashura Lewis. Last accessed on Wednesday July 18, 2018 Location: 79 The first is …

A Crime to Want Something Different: US countering democratic and reformist changes processes in 22 countries with leftist extermination

The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World (2020) Vincent Bevins: The Jakarta Method is rounding up and killing huge numbers of unarmed leftists, in the service of establishing a specific type of social order. By eliminating these people, this potential opposition, you clear the way for authoritarian capitalism at home and the creation …