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.
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.
The late 19th and early 21st centuries share a common loss of technological innocence.
In Terry Bisson’s 1991 sci-fi story, “They’re Made Out of Meat,” two characters discuss alien life-forms that have been attempting to make contact with their species. The conversation returns again ...
Something, we are told, has changed in capitalism. Finance has replaced production as the main source of wealth; credit matters more than profit; even the ...
The way we talk about history matters. And this is especially true in the case of the Philippines, which, in many ways, served as a laboratory for America’s imperial ...
Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Jeff Bezos ...
This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, by the philosopher Martin Hägglund, who teaches at Yale, is a book anyone committed to public-facing scholarship ought to take note of. This is all the ...