Book Review: The Most Powerful Idea in the World

The “most powerful idea” in question is that of intellectual property, and the book traces the dual history of steam engines, which had previously been invented by mechanical entertainers in ancient Greece, with similar preliminary discoveries in medieval China — and of patent law, which had seen a significant shift in English common law that paved the way for the invention boom that was to follow. Continue reading Book Review: The Most Powerful Idea in the World

Book Review: The Fourth Turning

Strauss and Howe argue for the importance of the saeculum — a natural century of roughly 80-100 years — as a unit of historical time. They argue that societies tend to take on a large scale historical rhythm defined by distinct generational moods, that can be described through seasons and archetypes. Each “season” lasts roughly 20 – 25 years, and has a characteristic mood, overlaying this pattern onto 600 years of Anglo-American history. Continue reading Book Review: The Fourth Turning