Book Review No. 4 is Joel Kotkin's The New Class Conflict. Let's say that he's not happy about the alliance of Wise Experts in the academy and in government agencies with rent-seekers in business, and ward-heeler politicians everywhere. The alliance makes for a mutually self-enriching oligarchy, without necessarily creating an opposed mass of impoverished proletarians in the best Communist Manifesto way. But Mr Kotkin's Yeomanry class (independent contractors and small business owners) face a fate similar to that of the petty bourgeoisie of Capital. But with the absence of the factory system, no emergence of a radicalized proletariat incompatible with its capitalist integument is anticipated. Sadly, neither is much of anything else.
(Cross-posted to 50 Book Challenge.)