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In its laser focus on military restraint, the present debate about endless war largely overlooks the financial architecture of U.S. empire. The dollar is a linchpin of U.S. military dominance, motivating and enabling its expansion around the world. To curb America’s imperial adventurism, it is essential not only to draw ...Read More
Amazon Flex drivers are using automated software, third-party apps and other tools to get jobs. Flex drivers are contract workers who use their own vehicles to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps. Drivers say competition has grown so intense that they’re increasingly relying on bots to get work, even though the tools violate Amazon’s terms of service.
"Got into a thing with the Fresh Grocer lady over coffee filters. It honestly wasn’t a biggie, but why say they’re on sale if they aren’t, all I’m sayin’...”
"The indignities of the gig economy are well established at this point, as the laissez-faire labor practices of companies like Uber, Instacart, Door Dash, and Lyft draw more critical scrutiny. Bain, Cotton, and their fellow shoppers are among the millions of precariously employed workers who rely on part-time jobs or But what is less widely acknowledged is how the gig economy interacts with other trends in California and forces unleashed by Silicon Valley... " ...Read More
“But beyond the seesawing over whether there will be a recession in the near-ish future, there are strong causes for concern about what’s happening in the economy. The swift reversal of fortune for SIlicon Valley startups is one such candidate. What was just a few years ago considered the beating ...Read More
“Rather than fighting or eliminating problems, consider the productivity of multiplying problems. As in Parrondo’s Paradox—the counter-intuitive game theory that pairs losing games to generate wins—problems are raw materials that can leaven and catalyze each other.1 Negative one and one are both the same distance from zero and can both ...Read More
Former resident’s account of Kingston, New York, a city striving for self-sufficiency through agricultural initiatives, a regional micro-currency, and a local healthcare system based on barter.
It makes perfect sense to me that young well-off people would seek out a platform like this. They want the alt DIY venue but they don't know where to find it or they are scared of being rejected. Paying to feel like you're part of something is so much easier. "At a recent Sofar Sounds show, I looked around and wondered if this is really what people want now: seamless, curated social experience. To see shows in coworking spaces and Ray-Ban stores and white-walled coffee shops. If this is truly where mainstream culture is headed, there’s comfort in how universally ...Read More
"When you buy an album, some of that money goes directly to the artist. But with streaming, the royalty breakdown works very differently: Subscription dollars go into one big pool and are doled out to artists based on how many times their songs are streamed across a given service. So ...Read More
88% of sound engineers and producers are asked to work for free. 42% of participants reported doing ‘on spec’ work ⁠— meaning they’re only paid if the client ‘liked the work.’ „Of course, people will do favors for friends, but it’s completely unacceptable for record labels and commercial studios to exploit professionals in this way. We don’t employ someone to put in a new bathroom and then decide to pay them if we feel like it.” ...Read More
"In today’s world of what Markovits calls “meritocratic inequality,” these highly skilled workers are not merely productive and desirable employees; they have come to dominate the rest of society from their perches in finance, tech, medicine, the law. (He calls them “superordinate workers,” as in, not subordinate—Young isn’t the only ...Read More
Slavery, the argument goes, was an inefficient system. The use of enslaved labor has been presented as premodern, a practice that had no ties to the capitalism that allowed America to become a leading global economy. This is untrue. Slavery, particularly the cotton slavery that existed from the end of (People who applaud the achievements of economic growth tend to omit the fact it was achieved off the back of exploitation like this) ...Read More
When Gordon Moore first projected the growth of “components per integrated function”, he put the doubling period at just about one year. This leads to expectations that this growth can be matched in other sectors of the economy… a category error based on a misunderstanding of fundamental biophysical realities. Modern (For those who haven't read it, Aaron Bastani's Fully Automated Luxury Communism pretty much depends on the idea that we can get exponential growth Moore's Law style across a bunch of sectors in order to achieve post-work, post-scarcity society before the planet implodes.) ...Read More
A very clear and concise argument for the other-than-human and the many worlds... “Could understandings of multiple agencies and more-than-human entanglements and kinships challenge a dominant mode of worlding—what Isabelle Stengers calls ‘a hegemonic machine’ that reduces nature to a resource ?” ...Read More
“Material or energy dematerialisation is simply not enough. It must be accompanied by an economy built on care and responsibility, rather than profit, growth and self-interest if it is to have any long-term impact. This is a small but absolutely crucial step towards attaining the authentic desires for sustainability that ...Read More