Monday, November 4, 2019

Richard Spencer Made Me Look Up What an Octoroon Is

Hoo boy! Apparently, Milo leaked some audio of Richard Spencer's reaction to learning of Heather Heyer's death and the negative media attention it earned him. Let's say he's displeased. Slur-filled transcription under the cut.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

New Zine!

After persistent nagging by right-wing trolls, I decided to write a "how to define fascism" zine, so they can stop asking me to define fascism. They'll probably still ask me anyway. You can read the zine here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

There's No Evidence of a Robot Takeover–This Is a Bad Thing

Noah Smith wrote a pretty compelling op ed in Bloomberg on Tuesday demonstrating that worries about a robot apocalypse–the eclipse of human labor by machine labor–are unfounded. He points to the rather steady employment-to-population ratio, the positive correlation between IT investment and jobs, and low productivity growth as proof that robots do not, in fact, cost at least the macroeconomy jobs. (We can't necessarily make assertions microeconomically.)

This is a bad thing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fascist Economic Anxiety

The "economic anxiety" narrative of the Trumpian moment is back under the microscope this week thanks to a NYT op-ed that cited some new research in Politics & Society.. The article and the op-ed alike are riddled with the sort of neoclassical assumptions that have hampered the discussion of fascist political economy and its role in elevating Trump to the White House.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Media Eating Up "Ex-Antifa" Who Wants Us Designated Domestic Terrorists

Some jackoff from the Leadership Institute is making the rounds on right wing media (and Newsweek) claiming to have been antifa from 2010-2013 before making a hard right turn with the Leadership Institute.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Why Is the Right So Goddamn Gullible?

Last week, there were two hoaxes circulated on the right wing Twitterverse, and one of them might have some really stupid consequences. First, Quillette published a fabricated account of an infiltration of a DSA meeting. Second, idiots have been circulating a fabricated false flag antifa event.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Review of My Correspondence with Gretchen

Iona Italia has written a wonderful review of my letters with Gretchen. It does a great job of summarizing what's been discussed and delves deep into a few of the more contentious issues that have come up: