Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Iain Banks' Politics

In his latest post, "Use of Calculators," Ken MacLeod offers an essay on the politics of his longtime friend and colleague Iain Banks, which are more idiosyncratic than one might guess.

As is based on their association, it also ends up being (in a more modest way) a piece on the evolution of MacLeod's own interest in politics, while also a commentary on the trajectory of British politics from the '70s to the present day.

A very worthwhile piece about a very worthwhile author, you can read it here.

Incidentally, if you would like an introduction to John Kenneth Galbraith (his name does come up in MacLeod's post), you might check out my review of his "trilogy" of major works (The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State, Economics and the Public Purpose) last year at my other blog.

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