Martin Wolf writing in yesterday's Financial Times:
"Some of the new populists are considering radical, but necessary, changes in competition, regulatory and tax policies. But others rely on xenophobic dog whistles while continuing to promote a capitalism rigged to favour a small elite. Such activities could well end up with the death of liberal democracy itself."
Special issue dedicated to the crisis of Capitalism. They're worried.
Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
lol, andy ngo sent a cease and desist letter to a local paper that reported about how he was caught on tape with the crew that planned the attack on Cider Riot. the paper instead of pulling the info just posted his cease and desist letter 🤣
Divide and conquer is the favorite tactic of the ruling class. With good reason: It works really well. So I'm very much enjoying the fracturing of the English elite.
Paul Mason: The Progressive Majority Can Rescue Us from the Brink of Brexit Chaos
graffiti in sheung wan, hong kong
“Over 2,000 years ago Aristotle dreamt of a self-weaving loom that would end slavery and exploitation. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Luddites broke weaving machines in protest against the domination and destitution that came with the new contraptions, only to be unfairly remembered as opponents of progress. Today, in our own optimistic reveries about labor-saving devices, we too often forget to ask: who owns the looms?“
—Astra Taylor (The Automation Charade)
Today, trackers follow you around the web, skulking in the digital shadows in order to guess what kind of person you are. In Google’s "Privacy Sandbox," your browser will do their job for them. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/08/dont-play-googles-privacy-sandbox-1
Still have no idea how people can...
* work a full-time job
* cook dinner often
* exercise regularly
* enjoy weekends
* keep the apartment clean
Seems basic, but I can't consistently do it.
Current full-time (40hr/wk) jobs aren't designed for single people to do this; they're post-war relics & depend on the unpaid labor of a spouse for cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.
You're not deficient for not being able to do it yourself
In case you were wondering about the state of public opinion in the US on abortion, the Pew Reaserch Center has new research out today. The public is strongly in favor of abortion rights – as much as any time in the last 25 years.
If the government was more representative of the people, abortion rights would not be under threat.
Laurie MacFarlane writes at OpenDemocracy:
“Now is not the time to defend Britain’s democracy – we need a democratic revolution”
Anticapitalist Mastodon instance. Party means fun, not political party. But we're still political.