Weekend Reads

Here's a few longer reads on economic, social and political issues for the weekend.

Michiko Kakutani is the former chief book critic for The New York Times so seems an unlikely candidate to write one of the defining books of the Trump era of politics. It is a treatise on the nature of truth in public life in the post-internet age. It's called: The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump . One for my Christmas stocking.

Here's an excerpt in The Paris Review called 'The vanishing of reality' . It reads like a dystopian novel, except we're living in it. Also, here's an interview she gave on why she wrote the book in Vanity Fair , and a review in LongReads.

Speaking of books by journalists and reviews of books by journalists, by journalists, here's Nicky Hager's review in The Spinoff of famous investigative journalist Seymour Hersch's memoir, which is called: Reporter: A memoir.

New Zealand is not the only country worried about how much longer it can handle fast population growth fueled by migration. Bloomberg reports that angst is growing in Australia as its population nears 25 Million. Immigration has long been an economic engine, but the political tide may be turning, it reports

Amazon and Alibaba are well worth watching by all industries because they have a habit of sprawling into them and colonising them before anyone has noticed. The WSJ has produced this excellent (open) piece on how Alibaba's Jack Ma has produced a giant financial startup, Ant Financial, that is shaking the Chinese banking system. And then there's Alipay.

China has not just been busy in Africa and the Pacific. This New York Times piece on a Chinese space station in Patagonia shows it is active in Latin America too.

On that front of China's influence, here's an Australian ABC piece about the British ex-spies warning of risks dealing with China's Huawei.

This is a useful piece from a Sydney business professor on The Conversation on how the pursuit of shareholder value has driven income inequality.

I never thought I'd say this, but Gwyneth Paltrow's business success is interesting, as this amazing New York Times magazine piece illustrates.

Have a great weekend.