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Even commies get the blues

Well, I don’t know about the blues, but apparently they like Diane’s book. Hooray for commies with good taste in summer reading!
“An Unreasonable Woman” by Diane Wilson (published by Chelsea Green). A true autobiographical story that is as engaging as a good novel. Written by a fourth-generation commercial fisherwoman in Texas who gradually got drawn into leading a fight against a multinational polluter and regulators who turned a blind eye. The writing style is stunningly original, full of humor and irony, authentic dialogue, and rich images and similes.
PS: no offense intended towards socialists of whatever stripe. Honestly. I’ve got beautiful hardcover editions of Capital, volumes 1, 2, and 3 on my shelf at home. I’ve got a hunch that at the asymptote, a neoclassical model of the purely competitive economy converges with a Marxist model using the labor theory of value, though my math skills are way too sucky to ever be able to prove it. So please forgive my use of the term “commies”–it’s a blog. Blogs are snippy. Right?


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