The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander. New York, 2012, The New Press. Review by Lindy Davies

The title is “in your face” — what does she mean, “The New Jim Crow”? We have an African-American President; Affirmative Action is well-entrenched in education and employment; people aren’t anywhere near as freaked out over mixed-race couples as they used to be. Continue reading

Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle: What’s It Gonna Take?

Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle, by Walter Rybeck, 2011, Shepheard-Walwyn. Review by Lindy Davies

That’s the question that kept occurring to me as I read Walt Rybeck’s new book. I mean, if a really nice guy like this, with an impressive list of career accomplishments and a quietly powerful, lucid style — if a guy like that can’t get the reading public to wake up to truly obvious facts, well — What’s it gonna take? Continue reading