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Climate and Capitalism

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On November 21, 2017
One doesn’t expect to see a full rant against capitalism in the New York Times, but I guess we are moving into different times. Benjamin Fong’s op-ed about capitalism being the problem in dealing with climate change reads exactly like something one would read in Jacobin, for good and for problematic. I compare this to […]
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Do We Live in the Capitalocene?

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On December 6, 2015
The language around climate change and epochs in history has fairly recently coalesced around the term “Anthropocene” to delineate the recent point humans became a geological force that is rapidly transforming the world in ways equivalent to an asteroid forcing the dinosaurs into extinction. But is this term accurate? Or it is a term that […]
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The (Near) Perfect Capitalist

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On September 23, 2015
Sure Martin Shkreli is human scum. But as a capitalist, isn’t he doing what he is supposed to be doing? The goal is to make money. Anything getting in the way of that is irresponsible to that singular goal. So why shouldn’t he force people to die in order to make profit? After all, as […]

Today in Human Scum

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On September 22, 2015

The worst person in the entire world may well be the pharmaceutical capitalist Martin Shkreli. Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-

Capitalism in India

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On March 7, 2015

This is a really fascinating interview with Indian novelist Rana Dasgupta on the impact of capitalism upon India. While I think he’s a bit too sanguine about the history and impact of capitalism

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A Great Leftist Film

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On December 17, 2014
I finally watched The Wolf of Wall Street last night. No leftist has ever made a stronger indictment of capitalism. Nor an indictment of capitalism with more cocaine and sex. That it is not a leftist movie and in fact is totally apolitical only makes it stronger. I also find people fretting over Scorsese’s own […]
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