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Americans Own Less Stuff, and That’s Reason to Be Nervous - Bloomberg
"Some social problems are blatantly obvious in daily life, while others are longer-term, more corrosive and perhaps mostly invisible. Lately I’ve been worrying about a problem of the latter kind: the erosion of personal ownership and what that will mean for our loyalties to traditional American concepts of capitalism and private property."
tylercowen  ownership  capitalism  markets  america  economics  libertarianism  property  privateproperty  access  renting 
12 hours ago by danhon
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump - MIT Technology Review
The way forward is not to cultivate nostalgia for the old-world information gatekeepers or for the idealism of the Arab Spring. It’s to figure out how our institutions, our checks and balances, and our societal safeguards should function in the 21st century—not just for digital technologies but for politics and the economy in general. This responsibility isn’t on Russia, or solely on Facebook or Google or Twitter. It’s on us.
politics  technology  tech  capitalism  democracy  fake-news  facebook  google  twitter  activism 
13 hours ago by tarakc02
The Oligarchs’ ‘Guaranteed Basic Income’ Scam
The oligarchs do not propose structural change. They do not want businesses and the marketplace regulated. They do not support labor unions. They will not pay a living wage to their bonded labor in the developing world or the American workers in their warehouses and shipping centers or driving their delivery vehicles. They have no intention of establishing free college education, universal government health or adequate pensions. They seek, rather, a mechanism to continue to exploit desperate workers earning subsistence wages and whom they can hire and fire at will
20 hours ago by rtlechow
See No Evil

In the past twenty years, popular and academic audiences have taken a growing interest in the physical infrastructure of global supply chains. The journalist Alexis Madrigal’s Containers podcast took on the question of how goods travel so far, so quickly. The writer Rose George traveled the world on a container ship for her book Ninety Percent of Everything. And Marc Levinson’s The Box startled Princeton University Press by becoming a national bestseller. Most recently, Deborah Cowen’s The Deadly Life of Logistics offered a surprisingly engrossing history of that all-important industry.

These books help us visualize the physical infrastructure that makes global capitalism possible. But the data infrastructure has yet to be explored. How does information travel through the supply chain in such a peculiar way, so that I know to wait impatiently at my door at the exact moment my new iPhone will arrive—but no one really seems to know how it has gotten to me?
business  capitalism  data  supply.chains  infrastructure  shipping  cargo  economics  global.economy  trade 
yesterday by po
Americans Own Less Stuff, and That’s Reason to Be Nervous - Bloomberg
What happens when a nation built on the concept of individual property ownership starts to give that up?
economics  capitalism 
yesterday by jorgebarba
Did Brexit kill Mark Fisher’s theory of capitalist realism?
“Did Brexit kill Mark Fisher’s theory of capitalist realism?”
capitalism  capitalist_realism  fisher 
yesterday by jstenner
(1) Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.
deception  politics  media  business  capitalism  truth 
yesterday by basemaly

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