Figuring out how people became fascists was the aim of Adorno and his colleagues’ 1950 study, The Authoritarian Personality. Has the answer changed?
Maya Vinokour is an assistant professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU, where she studies Soviet labor culture, science fiction and film, and post-Soviet media. Her book project, “Work Flows: Stalinist Liquids in Russian Labor Culture,” investigates the metaphor of flow as a central figure in Russian labor discourse since 1870. She has written on contemporary Russian politics and culture for the NYU Jordan Center’s All the Russias blog, which she edits, for Music and Literature, and for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The threat of possible human obsolescence requires not just a different politics but a feat of imagination.
In 2015, Stephen Colbert asked cofounder and then CEO of Uber Travis Kalanick how the company’s heavy investment in driverless car technology squared with its purported “commitment” to its “driver ...