A Brief History of the Corporation. Astonishing riff on where business will go next. I hadn’t really got how independent the East India Company really was, and quite how much Britain had to do to help cement its brief hold on the world.

I sincerely want to understand the phrase “invisible negative-space non-action” and how it applies to Carthage, but I don’t.

I also need to understand Cosean growth and how it might relate to a steady-state economy.

Finally, the idea that Chinese and Indian living standards will never rise to those of the West is spot on (the point being that the West will see a decline). This leading to size being important as well as control of the seas makes e.g. the “posturing” between Vietnam and China around the Spratlys more serious.