Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson
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ANALYSIS IS WORK, INTERNALLY CONSISTENT ANALYSIS IS HARD WORK.

Perhaps that's why Barbara Ehrenreich's This Land is Your Their Land wound up on the remainder table.  I promise not to spend more time on Book Review No. 16 than she and her editors apparently did on the book.  Go here for an identification of one of the internal inconsistencies a careful reader will find.  It's easier to take a few Nation columns (or perhaps even Katrina van den Heuvel has standards and these are out-takes?) and group them, loosely, into sections called Chasms of Inequality, Meanness on the Rise, Strangling the Middle Class, Hell Day at Work, Declining Health, Getting Sex Straight, and False Gods, and get something into print.  Never mind that some of the business follies at work that might be fostering inequality well might be self-correcting.  Never mind that inequality, or business follies, take the work of many people to understand, and one self-employed polemicist is unlikely to be able to reduce any of them to a short essay.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)
Tags: current events, politics, unimpressed
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