dagLists: Reading and To Read
Currently reading two authors I don’t like to read. Unfortunately, I can’t stop because I want to write something on the growing use of “meritocracy” in public discourse. I’ll need to be able to refer to Hayek and Mises. As I reread their essential theory, I’m reminded why I felt compelled to take to the streets in my twenties: to flier, to protest, to organize, to march. Their work is so brilliantly disingenuous and manipulative that I want to find their graves and piss on them.
Exaggeration, you think. No way. Economics aside—all the debates with Keynes and the numbers and the predictions—these two wrote the most strangled theories to in support of their economic positions. Evil geniuses, and in the worst way.
Hayek. The Constitution of Liberty.
Hayek. Law, Legislation and Liberty.
Eugene Heath. “Spontaneous Social Order and Liberalism” from NYU Journal of Law & Liberty. Heath edited the anthology I used in my Business Ethics course while teaching at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. (Biggest city campus in the United States. I miss it.) Morality and the Market: Ethics and Virtue in the Conduct of Business is a very good book for Ethics courses because it contains plenty of discussion about the market and markets. Most students have no clue about what a market is, where the ideas we have about markets come from. Highly suggested. Only set-back is that it’s expensive. Is it even in print anymore?
Mises. Human Action.
Mises. The Anti-Capitalist Mentality.
And on my want to read list:
Alfie Kohn. Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling. This looks like a worthy addition to the growing dissent against current educational policy trends like Race to the Top and in the tradition of Friere. Should be engaging reading. I’ve been writing a lot about pedagogy lately, so I need this book. Here’s Kohn’s homepage. Here’s Kohn’s wiki ed page. I agree with Kohn on many points, but am rather put off by his implementation of capitalist rhetoric in his arguments. He loves to talk about reason and innovation. Some have labeled him as a radical libertarian. I don’t know about that, but I’m critical of any pedagogy that is in service of capitalism. That said, his ideas are worthwhile in the current discourse as one possible form of opposition to the stupid Michelle Rhee/Arne Duncan plans.
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