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What I’m Reading

  1. What They Teach You At Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton (New York: Penguin, 2009). I first read this book about 15 years ago when I was in Swinburne University’s strategic foresight program, and it was originally titled Ahead of the Curve. Revisiting it I am picking up far more about Harvard Business School’s dynamics and the MBA curriculum.
  2. At Our Wits’ End: Why We’re Becoming Less Intelligent and What It Means for the Future (Exeter, England: Imprint Academic, 2018). Dutton is editor of the controversial journal Mankind Quarterley and Woodley of Menie has emerged as an influential Life History theorist. Reading this book – and the accompanying journal articles in Intelligence – is giving me a good primer on Data and Decisions skills, and the background debates to the Alt-Right’s emergence.
  3. Managerial Economics: A Game Theoretic Approach by Timothy C.G. Fisher and Robert G. Waschik (New York and London: Routledge, 2002). One of the things that emerged from my PhD‘s working notes was that I needed to study more game theory. This is a good primer on both game theory and managerial economics – the latter the ‘killer app’ of managerial decision-making.
  4. Q: In This World Perfection Is Everything by Christina Dalcher (London: HQ Fiction, 2020). A return to eugenics and social stratification are two motivational drivers of Alt-Right metapolitical thinking. Dalcher’s novel is both a sign that Handmaid’s Tale-style dystopian fiction is popular with both publishers and readers, and that Alt-Right thinking may ‘cross the chasm’ to diffuse from a political subculture into mainstream thinking.
  5. The Price of Tomorrow: Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future by Jeff Booth (Stanley Press, 2020). Deflation was a key macroeconomic driver of Japan’s ‘lost decades’ and it has also influenced contemporary debates about the post-COVID-19 world. Booth argues that deflation and the falling price of technology infrastructure hold the key to future prosperity. One implication of this is that cost structures are going to fall in price. This was the promise 20-25 years ago of the Dotcom era.