The city’s ports may be physically located in the imperial core—inside the barricades of the USA—but their tendrils span the globe.
Past Editor: Destin Jenkins
“In order to understand the multi-dimensionality of the global book industry, we urgently need to move beyond standard methods alone.”
Our scorching planetary age results from the conjoined forces of colonial extractivism, fossil capitalism, and postcolonial developmentalism.
People are familiar with how big the Japanese and South Korean economies are, but Indonesia is a rising power in Asia with a large labor force, and it’s very rarely being talked about.
Capital violently forces dispossessed people into markets, workplaces, and prisons. But such forced meetings could end capitalism itself.
“If you are a car owner, you are red meat for whoever wants to prey upon you, whether it is police, auto lenders, or state agencies.”
The true purpose of austerity is to permanently and structurally extract resources from the many to the few.
How did capitalism waste the crucial decades when climate change could have been halted? By fixating on—and downplaying—“risk.”
“Who gets to decide what is valuable and necessary work for an academic today?”
“There is nothing shocking or radical about ending an economic practice that has too many negative externalities.”
“It’s not about the land underneath campuses. It’s land at a distance, that can be sold or managed to raise funds for endowments.”
Capitalism seeks wealth to meet desires. But foraging societies follow “the Zen road to affluence”: not by getting more, but wanting less.
“Individual Americans thought they were the only ones who could not afford to send their kids to college.”
“Doesn’t every New Yorker really want to own a co-op?,” a realtor asked a crowd of tenants in 1972. But this provoked only “a chorus of noes.”
“As often the most vulnerable in our cities, immigrants face struggles that reflect the wider landscape of housing precarity.”
A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
“We need to have both the reparation and the universal perspective on economic justice.”
“Anyone who comes in the way of the ‘good times’ becomes a threat to capital, and to the nation-state itself.”