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I really enjoyed reading Inventing the Future a few years back. It has a good explainer of the rise of neoliberalism, a forward-thinking manifesto, and it introduced me to the idea of horizontal v vertical ways of organising.

I found its critique of "folk politics" and horizontalism pretty persuasive at the time.

So it's great to read this lengthy review by @KevinCarson1 , and to learn that most of the authors' criticism of horizontalism is a straw man argument.

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This review seems great and the book worth reading: "I get the impression some advocates of “scaling up” are unable to grasp the possibility of 300 million people brushing their teeth in an uncoordinated effort using their own toothbrushes, unless it is somehow “scaled up” to everybody brushing at one time with a single 10,000 ton toothbrush—coordinated by a central body that formulates tooth-brushing guidelines...."

@Matt_Noyes @KevinCarson1 Yeah I'd like to revisit it now I know a bit more, and after reading Kevin's review.

Some themes from what we read in the books on Ostrom and Cooperation Jackson recently, reminded at times of Inventing the Future - questions around the tensions of 'dual power' (the balance between grassroots strategies and electoral policies) in Cooperation Jackson, and Wall's thoughts on Ostrom's ideas about networks of commons.

The horizontal/vertical thing is really interesting.