The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

I am officially not a Raj Patel fan. He bored me with Stuffed and Starved. I lost an hour of my life to skimming his latest, The Value of Nothing.
My discontent stems only from his writing style; he does a great job bringing in the heavy hitters from the past, Mills, Keynes, Rousseau, Hobbes, Marx, etc. I begin to chafe when he opens a chapter with an Oscar Wilde quote (which I liked), only to reprint the exact quote within the text a paragraph later. (The quote, for the record, “Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”) He also feels it necessary to give background explanation on Gregor Samsa (of Metamorphosis fame) assuming we’ve never heard of it, when simply referencing the work would suffice.
Whew. With that off my chest, I did enjoy learning a few bits, namely:
* Chile has been able to successfully bring back commercial fishing of the commons by entrusting each group along the coast to tend to the health of its area.
* Participatory budgeting in Brazil is successful because it allows people to shape the outcome