Saturday, May 30, 2020


"Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests" (Johnstone).  I guess the thinking is that more property damage makes the police action that precipitated the protests look less bad.

"Letter Demands Sweden Probe Misdeeds in Assange Case" (Lauria).  Sweden ≠ 'Sweden'.

Biosecurity, etc:
  • "How Biosecurity Is Enabling Digital Neo-Feudalism" (Escobar);
  • "Head of the Hydra: The Rise of Robert Kadlec" (Diego);
  • "The US Senate voted to let Trump spy on your search history. But all is not lost" (Timm);
  • "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network" (Gellman).
There were a few who suggested that the shock of the pandemic and the subsequent complete collapse of legitimacy of the Assholian government, and in particular the abandonment of the idea of extreme scarcity of resources as the predominant metaphor for government, abandoned in order to allow for THE LARGEST THEFT IN WORLD HISTORY, might lead to the shattering of many of the old shibboleths, and some actual progress, a hope that seems to have already been lost in the usual political mediocrity.  Anyway, IMPROVEMENTS:

  • "COVID-19 Planning: Is It Time to Nationalize Big Pharma?" (Barker);
  • "The Time Is Ripe for More Socialism | Opinion" (Robinson);
  • "The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?" (Bregman) (I've been plowing through too many of the 'big idea' pandemic essays, replete with multiple references to simply awful French 'philosophers', and this is about the only one I can stand, or even make it to the end without the help of a sick bag);
  • "The Economics and Politics of Social Democracy: A Reconsideration" (Storm).
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