books

Utopia for Realists

26 Nov 2019 - 3 minute read
categories: books tags: books sociology

This book was a recent recommendation from Dr Kailash Nadh. A small but heavy book, that is engaging and well researched. Rutger Bregman has done a thorough job of making arguments for three major policy ideas whose time has come in the land of plenty that we live in (as compared to a human living a century ago). Universal Basic Income Reducing Working Hours Open Borders Universal Basic Income or UBI, might sound ludicrous at the first glance, but numerous studies and on-field experiments have time and again shown that the way ahead for the welfare-state might be direct money transfer (not just benefits).

Death of Ivan Illyich

27 Jul 2017 - 2 minute read
categories: books tags: misc sociology

I had read this book a while ago, and it struck a chord with me. In essence, I think, this book has shaped my mental model in a deep way. I often ponder if I would have had a different world view if I had never read this book. Here is an excerpt from academy of ideas about the book. One day, I will reread this book to write and reflect on it.