The problems with “no interrupting” as a categorical social norm

I've noticed that people are increasingly adverse to interrupting others, especially in progressive circles. The thought is admirable- shy people, or people who have been taught that their opinions matter less, tend to lose out in a social environment in which interruptions are common. This may have a particular effect on oppressed individuals such as … Continue reading The problems with “no interrupting” as a categorical social norm

Technological unemployment isn’t the point

I. At the moment there’s a huge debate over whether or not advancing robotics and artificial intelligence is likely to lead to ongoing technological unemployment- a permanent increase in unemployment due to automation. For the most part though, I think this discussion over technological unemployment elides the scarier prospect- technological marginalisation. By technological marginalisation I … Continue reading Technological unemployment isn’t the point

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