Lessons from the Crisis in Venezuela

Watching the political developments of the past decade, it seems like one of the major disadvantages that people on the left have is that they are generally less willing to put people at risk than people to their right. We can see this in the debates over the various “Eurexit” movements: for right populists, the…

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Movie Mashup: Hail, Trumbo!

With the body politic being what it is lately, it’s unsurprising that so many films of late have been centered around the problems of and dissatisfaction with our economic system: movies like Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, shows like Billions, and the upcoming film Money Monster all rhyme, thematically, along with similar fare…

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No One Really Wants to be Subject to Capitalism

In a blog post on the now-unraveling standoff in Oregon, Charles Mudede pointed out that centuries before Ammon Bundy and his cohorts decided to occupy the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, the land had originally been expropriated from the Paiute Indians by white ranchers and settlers. “They were not doing all of this cheating and killing out…

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Racing to the Bottom: The Poverty of “Privilege”-Shaming

Most of us have probably seen this comic explaining white privilege, or have read similarly-themed comics, articles, listicles, blogs, posts, and memes imparting basically the same line of thinking. I tend to be of two minds when it comes to this material: I think it’s important to have these kinds of discussions, and yet, almost…

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Racism as a Function of the State

“Capitalism obviously doesn’t work without state power,” said N.D.B. Connolly on a Who Makes ₵ents? podcast on September of last year. “But then what is the state? That’s where race gets right, front, and center, because what you see happening through the era of post-emancipation through the South, through the period of the pre-war and…

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Property is an Institution—Not a Right

For many of capitalism’s critics, it is the political dimension of the capitalist system that is it’s most salient. In a socialist’s mind, there is no categorical distinction made between, for instance, a corporate merger that results in mass layoffs, and the police repression of the laid-off workers and activists who are demonstrating against the…

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The Greeks Just Said “No” to The Shock Doctrine

“In history,” wrote Rob Urie, “the Nazi Occupation of Greece created moral and factual debts owed to the Greek people that couldn’t be repaid in several epochs. This history includes tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Greeks starved to death to feed the German people and their armies, and tens, if not hundreds, of…

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Not If You Were Last Man On Earth

I began to appreciate Will Forte during the period he was on SNL, which I hadn’t been watching much of, but nevertheless ended up catching his brilliantly unhinged appearances on the Tim & Eric Awesome Show, as sampled above. His 2010 movie MacGruber, a parody of 80’s action flicks, is a rare example of an…

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