Some people will go through spectacular contortions to ignore politics and its role in the global economy. Technology just changes. Social change just happens. Imagine a world that had never experienced the spice trade, colonialism, the slave trade, mercantilism, racism, two world wars, and a “
The torrent of money currently pouring into tech start-ups is commonly likened to a digital-age gold rush, so it’s more than a little ironic that the closest thing to actual gold on the Internet did not come from Silicon Valley. Instead, the digital currency known as Bitcoin came from a cabal of
Like Horatius standing alone against Rome’s would-be invaders, Fareed Zakaria begins this portentously titled book by posing defiantly against “the drumbeat of talk about skills and jobs” that makes Americans “nervously forsake the humanities and take courses in business and communications.”
The 9/11 attacks occurred the week I had to defend my dissertation in philosophy. I took my first tenure-track job during the launch of our now fourteen-year-old "war on terror." As I made my way in academia in the midst of George W. Bush's presidency, my new colleagues and I would inevitably discuss the authoritarian and distorting turn of American public discourse.
In 2010, when houses and jobs and retirement accounts were vanishing in a vapor of financial abstraction, Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft, a book about the pleasures of skilled manual labor, seemed more epochal than he’d probably anticipated. It pled a straight and lucid case: In our
Has there ever been a medical specialty as beleaguered as psychiatry? Since the profession's founding in 1844, the doctors of the soul have had to contend with suspicions that they do not know what mental illness is, what type their patients might have, or what they should do about it—in other words, that they are doctors who do not practice real medicine.
One could say, with no snark intended, that back in the year 2000, twenty-nine-year-old Mohsin Hamid was the ultimate bourgeois bohemian. He had just published a well-received first novel. He lived on lovely Cornelia Street, in a corner of the West Village once inhabited by artists and writers but, by the dawn of the twenty-first century, affordable mainly to investment bankers and management consultants.
Within the American Left, there’s a growing consensus that the gains won by postwar liberalism have been squandered or otherwise lost. A famous set of graphs by UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez depicts a return to pre–New Deal levels of economic inequality, and commentators have bemoaned the
At Dodgers' games, on school committees, and in election campaigns, whites generally wanted to think themselves fair-minded, and Jason Sokol shows us not only their two-facedness but also the utter sincerity of both faces.
Perceptive, informed, and witty utopian thinkers are in short supply, particularly ones who spend their days fighting, with infrequent success, to win a decent life for people who are up against the most powerful forces in society. Thomas Geoghegan has an ambitious agenda—or, better, wish list—for labor and its progressive friends to pursue. Only One Thing Can Save Us is a short book about very big problems.