I, Pencil

This recent piece, Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories, made me remember “I, Pencil” which is 50 years old in 2018. It’s free market message could be framed as capitalist or socialist (freed market anti-capitalism), until of course you see that Milton Friedman wrote the afterword for “I, Pencil.” …

A Future (and past) of “Alternative” Work Arrangements

“Contingent” work arrangements like the “Sharing Economies” and “Gig economies” are on the rise, but it seems this is mostly cosmetic as its mostly a name and style change, not necessarily a change in substance. At the core they still alienate labor, albeit differently. the shift to contingent work wasn’t …

Fake News, Post-Truth, and Propaganda

A fine line defines and unites them all. Perhaps they are all “alternative facts,” whatever that means. Post Truth: A Guide for the (fake) Perplexed The Mainstream Media is Culpable The Baloney Detection Kit is a helpful tool to combat Trumpisms like post-fake-alternative-truth-propaganda and more.

Reason Debates Jacobin on Capitalism, Socialism: Podcast

link to the debate on Soundcloud: podcast Talking past each other quite a bit , and past the possibility of a third or forth possibility, one of them being markets without capitalism, or freed markets. Many (right) libertarians may agree with the principles of “freed markets” set forth by left …