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Class issues became central to the 2016 presidential campaign in ways that I can’t recall for any other election in my lifetime. And even now, during the post-election debate, the references to class remain widespread. It’s not that the discussion of class in relation to the election has been particularly interesting or revealing. Americans, especially political pundits, still […]

Themes of 2016

Posted: 6 January 2017 in Uncategorized

Looking back over the past year, here are the ten major themes I found in my blog posts: inequality critique of mainstream economics the U.S. presidential election, especially Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump class and surplus epistemology, especially uncertainty utopia working-class corporations and capital academy critique of liberalism We’ll see what happens in the current year. . […]

Cartoons of 2016

Posted: 5 January 2017 in Uncategorized
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From what I hear, many regular readers have come to expect their cartoon(s) of the day. The amazing thing is, I never run out (although, truth be told, I sometimes have to work a bit harder to find cartoons that have not already appeared on this blog). That’s because there are many amazing cartoonists out there, […]

The pollsters got it wrong again, just as they did with the Brexit vote and the Colombia peace vote. In each case, they incorrectly predicted one side would win—Hillary Clinton, Remain, and yes—and many of us were taken in by the apparent certainty of the results. I certainly was. In each case, I told family […]

The latest—and, in terms of the presidential campaign, last—jobs report was generally greeted with cheers. Here’s a representative example, from FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman: It may be too late to affect Tuesday’s election, but the economy is finally delivering real wage growth to American workers. The average U.S. employee earned $25.92 an hour in October, the […]

May Day demonstrations are being held around the world—from France to South Korea. In the United States, Thousands are expected to rally. . .on Sunday for immigrant and worker rights and against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric. Events are planned in cities from New York to Los Angeles to call for better wages […]

Liberals are conducting a concerted campaign to criticize Bernie Sanders and to ridicule his supporters, arguing the only way to achieve change is to vote for the “moderate progressivism” of Hillary Clinton. I suspect the anti-Sanders rhetoric is being ramped up precisely because, according to one recent highly respected polling organization (Quinnipiac University), the democratic socialist senator has […]

It wasn’t a homogeneous block—whether the white working-class or anti-immigrant nativists or the victims of globalization—that put Donald Trump into the White House. That’s the kind of reductionist narrative that has proliferated both before and after the fateful 2016 presidential election, all in an attempt to make sense of Trump’s “base.” Instead, it was a […]

There are plenty of reasons to be interested in—and, even more, concerned about—Facebook. Many of them are raised in the recent review of Facebook-related books by John Lanchester [ht: db]: the fragmentation of the polity (via the targeting of posts), the dissemination of “fake news” (which played an important role in the 2016 U.S. presidential […]

The election and administration of Donald Trump have focused attention on the many symbols of racism and white supremacy that still exist across the United States. They’re a national disgrace. Fortunately, we’re also witnessing renewed efforts to dethrone Confederate monuments and other such symbols as part of a long-overdue campaign to rethink Americans’ history as […]