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…

Disengagement and Work

VICE News had a recent bit on millenials (that devilish demographic that shuts down any business in sight) and their lack of engagement on work. There were a few other subjects brought up but this was the main subject of the video and the one I most want to focus on for this article…which you…

When is Work Valuable?

  It gets tiring to always argue against people’s preconceptions or ideas about work. Lots of people in the world (not necessarily incorrectly) see work as “effort”. That makes sense given that this is how people often use it. But this is complicated by the fact that people also say things like, “I’m going to…