Cinema or Saga?

This summer’s summer reading has included Godfrey Hodgson’s More Equal Than Others and Halldór Laxness’ The Atom Station. Hodgson does a fine job of pulling together the latest data on inequality, and his is the sort of book you want to have around in order to rebut some of the more creative fictions that pass for conservative political theory. One would have wanted a slightly more economically and technologically literate writer (some of the slips in the discussion of internet technologies, or in his thoughts on economic indices, are toe-curling), but it’s a solid evidence-based look at what happens when you succumb, as America’s vanishing voters have, to the idea that what’s good for the first family is good for everyone.

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