The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics

I've found that a lot of Qanon supporters and other conspirators are relatively financially successful and/or small business owners. This isn’t surprising on purely demographic grounds- these people are older, white, Republicans so why should anyone be surprised that they often own a jet-ski dealerships and diners? It makes a lot of sense when you … Continue reading The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics

Jeff Beezos absolutely could afford to pay his employees much better

You occasionally see arguments that, while CEO's are spectacularly rich, those riches are drop in the ocean compared to the quantum that would be required to give a real pay rise to workers. Of course the main reply here is that CEO's are emblematic of a whole bunch of people who are overpaid relative to … Continue reading Jeff Beezos absolutely could afford to pay his employees much better

Clearing up the ethics of running over protestors who are blocking up the road

In response to Reddit discussion of this video I thought a Q&A was in order. Q: Is it ethically permissable to drive through protestors who are blocking the road? A: No Q: What if it is the only way in to work? A: Still no Q: What if the only way to avoid it would … Continue reading Clearing up the ethics of running over protestors who are blocking up the road

The Folly of Condemning Bernie for Going on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

Bernie Sanders has gone on Joe Rogan, and doubtless we will see a torrent of false outrage along the lines of: “Bernie Sanders has appeared on a channel that also interviews far right figures!” But I can’t help but wonder, where is the outrage when presidential candidates go on networks such as CNN, MSNBC and … Continue reading The Folly of Condemning Bernie for Going on Joe Rogan’s Podcast