Where Democratic Despots Rule

For me, Jacobin is like that ex of yours that you want to keep getting back together with. Occasionally they’ll do something really good and neat that reminds you why you loved them. But then they’ll just put forward these completely inane ideas that make you realize why you can’t ever be together again. Okay,…

Port Truckers are a Symptom of a Rigged System

Recently, USA Today had an investigative report on port truckers, the people who bring goods from warehouses to your favorite (or least-favorite) retailer. The article is, naturally, a somewhat lengthy one but the main details concern the ways that workers (especially immigrants who speak little English) are exploited by one-sided contacts. In these contracts, workers…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 5)

Chapter 5: You are a self-organizing system As far as I can tell from my notes, this chapter starts off really interesting but then falls flat after that. The reason why it starts off so interesting is because Smart quotes Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin, for those who don’t know, is a notable anarchist communist thinker who…

A Four Day Workweek Won’t Save Work

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I think there’s at least a few problems with modern day work. In no particular order, here are some of my biggest issues with work, as it exists: It’s quasi-compulsory: Artificial scarcity enforced through laws, regulations and especially intellectual property sets up barriers, which makes it harder for people to…