The true purpose of austerity is to permanently and structurally extract resources from the many to the few.
Past Editor: Destin Jenkins
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.”
Today, Jewish philanthropy—like all philanthropy—is big business, thanks to US philanthropy’s torturous entanglement with US capitalism.
Apps like Uber benefit from making their workers strangers to one another. So what happens when workers start caring for one another?
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
If factory farming is the source of pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, could smaller-scale farms and communities—even in China—be the safest alternative?
Houses without people, people without homes: New York has invested in empty storefronts and empty districts, even as most New Yorkers suffer.
Today—as in 1968—it remains to be seen if McDonald’s pivot toward racial justice will mean anything for how it treats its scores of Black workers.