Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book List Refreshed! 31/08/2011

Apologies for not blogging more frequently, but life has been...complicated lately.

Also, current affairs have lately been heavy on the Presidential Elections. I have had little interest in PE 2011, hence the dearth of posts. My only comment on the PE results, which probably would have been noted elsewhere in more popular blogs, is that it shows that Singapore's political center (composed of swing voters), has grown larger over the years, and will continue to grow larger. This is due in no small part to the Generational Shift Effect and the die-off of a large part of the PAP's core base.

In other words, the electorate in Singapore is maturing, and will more closely resemble that of developed countries, where win margins are narrower and political parties have to appeal more to the center bloc of swing voters.

[That is, if future global economic dislocations do not lead to a rise in political extremism in the years ahead. There is a non-zero probability of this happening in many countries.

And by "this", I mean the political extremism. The global economic dislocations are a certainty; it's only a question of when.]

As for my Book List, which this post is ostensibly about, I have removed:

America's Bubble Economy by David Wiedemer et al
The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics by Richard Koo
The Next Decade by George Friedman
Brilliant by Jane Brox

I have added:

Aftershock by David Wiedemer et al
Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Red Capitalism by Carl Walter and Fraser Howie 

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