Friday, 19 January 2018
Let’s talk about “reformism”.
Once upon a time, that word (plus “reformist” and “reform”) had a precise meaning for Marxists. Over time, however, that meaning changed: the original nuances behind “reformism” were lost. Nowadays those are merely words of abuse.
Because of that it has become, paradoxically, possible to reclaim them. That would be a serious mistake and we might be running out of time for mistakes.
But before tackling “reformism”, it seems wiser to explain “reform” first. To make the discussion more accessible to the public and hopefully less dry, I’ll try an unusual approach.
Friday, 12 January 2018
I’ve seldom experienced déjà vu as strongly as I did reading Alexander C. Kaufman’s recent note on Stephen Hawkings’ brief Reddit AMA (h/t David Ruccio).
A member of the public asked:
- "Have you thought about the possibility of technological unemployment, where we develop automated processes that ultimately cause large unemployment by performing jobs faster and/or cheaper than people can perform them?
- "In particular, do you foresee a world where people work less because so much work is automated?
- "Do you think people will always either find work or manufacture more work to be done?"
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Man, you've gotta love US politics!
The book records Murdoch's reply: "Donald, for eight years these guys [Silicon Valley honchos] had Obama in their pocket. They practically ran the administration. They don't need your help."Everybody knows government is not the executive committee for the bourgeosie, uh Brad?
Trump is quoted as saying the companies "really need these H-1B visas".
Wolff writes that Murdoch suggested a more liberal stance on H-1B visas would sit oddly with Trump's hardline stance on immigration, to which the president-elect replied: "We'll figure it out."
Wolff writes that Murdoch shrugged as he got off the phone, and said: "What a fucking idiot." (Here)
06-/01/2018. Amid a desert storm of denials from most of those quoted by Michael Wolff, The Donald and the White House came out really hard, all guns blazing -- like, well, all fire and fury -- on him, his book, and Steve Bannon. And then, according to the news, The Donald called his personal lawyer, Mr. Harder. Yup, that's right.
Shock and awe, man.
American politics is way better than fiction and it's all for free! Whoever said capitalism sucks?