The Humanity of Job Automation

A lot of the times when I look at what I’m doing for work, much of it is is laid bare in simple rules. Hierarchical chains of command often impress upon its lower members some values and applications of those values that would be easily presentable to AI. The phrase, “a monkey could do this!”…

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…