Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.
Thanks to surveillance, political violence, and AI, we no longer have the luxury of humanist utopias to plan for the future.
As in mythology, the characters in a 1984 Turkish novel are acted upon by forces distant and uncaring.
“We're in a science fiction novel now that we are all co-writing together.”
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
House-hunting and home-improvement TV shows are premised on the settler fantasy of property ownership—and that fantasy’s relationship to whiteness.
China managed to maintain some economic activity during the lockdown, but at what cost and under what conditions?
“Flagged for deportation, I was hurtled into my own little nightmare, an absurdist take on all the immigration tragedies raging across the world.”
Neoliberalism offers individuals an illusion of control over their lives. But what happens when uncertainty intrudes?
Energy companies promise to “go green.” Yet they use the same forms of extractive capitalism that have destroyed the planet’s climate.
The Impossible™ burger does pollute less. But does this matter, in the face of capitalism’s continued control of the global food system?
Inequality emerged after the French Revolution, and again after the postwar boom, because our institutions have been hardwired to serve capital.
Bong Joon-ho’s critique in Parasite is less of “universal” capitalism than of the particular imperialisms that have shaped Korean life.
“If we want democratic scrutiny, the demos must first have power.”
“Hurricane Maria ushered in a great deal of trauma and suffering, but it also allowed us to reassess the very nature of the political.”
Baseball is ideal for explaining American economic precarity: the players try desperately to get home safe, but almost always fail to do so.
Economic systems are like ecosystems. In America, capitalism may be the dominant species. But other species exist there, too.
The American Dream of private home ownership has fueled a system that preys on Black people for profit.