The Sum of Small Things A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett Joshua Kennon Notes

The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, recently published a book called, “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class”. It looks at how affluent and upper class individuals and families are now engaging in a different type of consumption that effectively strengthens their own advantages, making upward mobility more difficult for those who don’t understand the codes or values of the group.

Book Recommendation: The Crash and Its Aftermath: A History of Securities Markets in the United States, 1929-1933 by Barrie A. Wigmore

In 1985, one of the greatest scholarly works ever penned on the Great Depression was published by Barrie A. Wigmore under the title The Crash and Its Aftermath: A History of Securities Markets in the United States, 1929-1933.  Using actual data from the period that took years to acquire, analyze, and interpret, Wigmore takes 751 pages…

Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne

Being an Effective Educator and Communicator Requires an Understanding of the “Rules” of Your Students’ Social and Economic Class According to Ruby Payne’s Book A Framework for Understanding Poverty

My lunch with friends yesterday turned into a 3 to 4 hour event as we hung out at a local independent pizza parlor and discussed kids, love, True Blood, taxes, and a host of other things.  The topic of poverty came up (as is inevitably bound to happen when the group includes a social worker,…

Intrinsic Value Book Featured

When It Comes to Books, I Don’t Care How Much Money I Spend or Waste Ruining Them

I’m a big reader.  Huge.  My library consists of thousands of titles, mostly all of which are non-fiction (biographies, finance, business, economics, psychology, history, ethics, etc.)  If I were to reproduce it, the cost would be somewhere between $12,000 and $30,000 depending on  how difficult it was to get your hands on many of the…