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Self-Made

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On April 9, 2020
This is a very long but pretty complete history of the “self-made man,” one of the most pernicious myths in American history. The true bard of this was the child raping minister and author Horatio Alger, but it really goes back to Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography and continues today. Of course, no one is “self-made,” not […]

“Lost”

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On August 24, 2019

Watching Uber and Lyft fall on their faces is hilarious. Everything about the fact that these companies are hemorrhaging money after all the hype says what you need to know both about contemporary cap

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Walter Johnson is one of our premier historians, period. His work on slavery and capitalism has helped reorient a narrative that for way, way too long argued that slavery was anti-capitalist, leading among other things, to radical whites in the 60s making arguments that the Civil War was some sort of capitalist war against anti-capitalists […]
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Economics and Mythology

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On October 22, 2015
My most recent post on History’s Greatest Monster Paul Theroux for Caring About American Workers has led to a lot of comments that say a great deal about both ideology of the New Gilded Age and about what I believe. I think it’s time to address a few. So let me refer directly to comments, […]

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-

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