“Ethnic Violence in Africa: Destructive Legacies of Pre-Colonial States”

Note: I’ve gotten through the first three chapters of Paul Feyerabend’s Against Method. (Rick’s initial thoughts are here, and Bill has been doing Feyerabend for awhile. These are the two you should probably follow a bit more closely throughout the summer.) My own thoughts on Against Method are coming, but I keep getting distracted. Check out … Continue reading “Ethnic Violence in Africa: Destructive Legacies of Pre-Colonial States”

Elite Anxiety: Paul Collier’s “Future of Capitalism”

Paul Collier, the controversial Oxford professor famous for his development work and his acclaimed books Exodus and The Bottom Billion, is back. But the author of Exodus and The Bottom Billion is long gone. The compelling writing and carefully reasoned world that made Bottom Billion impossible to put down has somehow disappeared. In The Future … Continue reading Elite Anxiety: Paul Collier’s “Future of Capitalism”

Snatching you up (mendicants and Gulags)

I’ll get to Feyerabend, but first Solzhenitsyn: However, the root destruction  of religion in the country, which throughout the twenties and thirties was one of the most important goals of the GPU-NKVD, could be realized only by mass arrests of Orthodox believers. Monks and nuns, whose black habits had been a distinctive feature of Old … Continue reading Snatching you up (mendicants and Gulags)

For and/or Against Method, initial miscellany

The past couple weeks I’ve been accumulating material related to our fledgling summer reading group. First I got For and Against Method, realized it was more for than against so I ordered the third edition of Against Method and also found the (apparently much shorter) first edition online. I’m currently dipping my toes into For … Continue reading For and/or Against Method, initial miscellany