C.f.: These two essays This: https://deponysum.com/2020/04/27/everything-is-negotiable-on-the-right-and-left/ And: https://deponysum.com/2019/04/21/money-and-the-sceptic-a-social-epistemological-case-for-taking-left-wing-economics-seriously/
If you enjoy this article check out my book, I've made it free to help you self-quarantine: https://deponysum.com/2020/03/30/something-to-read-in-quarantine-essays-2018-to-2020/ During the Twitter wars around the Democratic primary, a number of people felt comfortable being openly contemptful of the poor. This is not unusual, but the nature of Sanders movement, and its supposedly "progressive" opposition, meant that … Continue reading Prejudice against the poor is as bad as racism or sexism, let’s start treating it that way.
Conversations can spread leftwing ideas. Right now we have a lot of time for conversations. People are looking for an explanation of what's going on. People are newly impoverished. People are yearning to connect. So now is a better time than any other time in my lifetime. Over my life I have moved at least … Continue reading Talk to people about leftwing politics
There's an urgent need to update Guy Debord's concept of the spectacle to explain the unique contours it takes on in American politics. The way people desire a certain kind of succession of images and seem totally oblivious to the substance of politics is something that can surely only be understood in terms of the … Continue reading An essay I wish someone would write
Consider three areas in which America is uniquely bad: Criminal justice *America imprisons more than twice as many people per capita as its nearest developed competitor, Israel. *The US imprisons children at a rate of 60 per 100,000, 11x higher than the western Europe and the highest in the world. Healthcare *The US is the … Continue reading A brief note on the disposability ideology
By communism here we mean a system in which the principle of: From each according to their ability, to each according to their need Is implemented as the sole principle of economic distribution. There has never been a a advanced communist society- only societies that aspire to communism in the long run. Money still existed … Continue reading For communism and against foreclosure on the future
The following comment was made on Crooked Timber by a friend (Tim Scriven). After speaking about it with him I'm reprinting it here with slight modifications as requested: "I have a take on Neoliberalism- it’s pretty poorly informed, but then a lot of people have pretty poorly informed takes on this subject. There are actually … Continue reading The end of Neoliberalism and the beginning of the venal age? Comment on Crooked Timber