Equality the Third World & Economics Delusion (Paper)
We were promised that the internet would set us free. From the Middle East's "twitter revolution" to Facebook activism, technology would spread democracy and bring us together as never before. We couldn't have been more wrong. In The Net Delusion Evgeny Morozov shows why internet freedom is an illusion. Not only that - in many cases the net is actually helping oppressive regimes to stifle dissent, track dissidents and keep people pacified, with companies such as Google and Amazon helping them do it. This book shows that free information doesn't mean free people -and that, right now, everyone's liberty is at stake.
Contemporary representatives of economic science are fond of emphasizing absolute inevitability of voluminous character of their theoretical works by which many are frightened, frequently using the following words of their great colleague Alfred Marshall as an epigraph to them: “Any brief summary of economic ideas leads to delusion (excluding, perhaps, this statement of mine)”. We, however, are going to prove the opposite – the main theses of the fundamental economic theory proper can be presented on a few pages, since the original basic nature of economics is surprisingly simple.
Martin Harris returns home after spending three days in a coma, to find that his wife doesn't recognize him and another man is living in his house under his name. The impostor shares all of Martin's memories, experiences and knowledge down to the last detail. Is it conspiracy? Amnesia? An elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion? Part moral fable, part thriller, "Unknown" is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence - even at the cost of his own life.
There's no faster path to paranoia and delusion than the red carpet of celebrity, and in the City no one is more famous than mega-popular attack journalist Spider Jerusalem. Nearly paralyzed by his own media omnipresence, Jerusalem has been reduced to a populist caricature, his muckraking teeth blunted by the sticky-sweet syrup of adulation. Luckily, he still has his enemies to keep him on his toes - even through a narcotized fog, nothing concentrates the mind like a high probability of imminent assassination.
The island itself. Its throbbing heat as if in a belljar under the sun, the scorpion in his son's bed, the deafening sound of the cicadas. During his first holiday on the island of Porquerolles, Dr Mahe caught a glimpse of something irresistable. As the memory continues to haunt him, he falls prey to a delusion that may offer an escape from his conventional existence - or may destroy him. This is the first English translation of The Mahe Circle, Simenon's dark, malevolent depiction of an ordinary man trapped in mundanity and consumed by obsession.
«…цыганка с черными космами волос, с вывалившейся из лифчика огромной белой грудью в синих прожилках, удерживала одной рукой расхристанную малютку. Другую руку с хищно обломанным стеклянным фужером на длинной ножке она занесла над кукольной головкой ребенка». Это отрывок из новой книги Ника Карпина «Бред старого мента», в которой прожженный «мент» Пловцов делится… впрочем, прочтите сами. Автор обещает в следующей книге рассказать подробней о новом своем герое.
Einstein, Albert. 1879-1955. German-born American physicist and Nobel laureate. "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
An expose on the delusion, greed, and arrogance that led to America's credit crisis The collapse of America's credit markets in 2008 is quite possibly the biggest financial disaster in U.S. history. Confidence Game: How a Hedge Fund Manager Called Wall Street's Bluff is the story of Bill Ackman's six-year campaign to warn that the $2.5 trillion bond insurance business was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Branded a fraud by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and investigated by Eliot Spitzer and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ackman later made his investors more than $1 billion when bond insurers kicked off the collapse of the credit markets. Unravels the story of the credit crisis through an engaging and human drama Draws on unprecedented access to one of Wall Street's best-known investors Shows how excessive leverage, dangerous financial models, and a blind reliance on triple-A credit ratings sent Wall Street careening toward disaster Confidence Game is a real world «Emperor's New Clothes,» a tale of widespread delusion, and one dissenting voice in the era leading up to the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression.