Reading more about the excellent Red Plenty – I came across this discussion on the US blog “Crooked Timber”. There are some very odd contributions there – one commentator in particular, Louis Proyect, waxes on and on and in ignorance of the book’s real content (he has not read it, he says), about its flaws…… Read More Why you cannot always trust social media: a practical example
One thing has occupied my free time more than anything else these last few days – Francis Spufford‘s marvellous work of history and imagination, Red Plenty. The book is a marvel in joining linear programming, economics, mathematics, cybernetics, computing, chemistry, textiles, politics, sociology, popular music, genetics and history all in one long fabric. The book… Read More Comrades, let’s optimise!