Critical Race Theory

Conservative hucksters have recently seized upon something called “critical race theory” (CRT) and started acting like it is permeating itself through the cultural reproduction sectors — education, media, and entertainment. They then make calls to protect these sectors from CRT, which provides another wedge issue for especially state and local elected officials to run on.… Continue reading Critical Race Theory

The Anti-Bigness Ideology

Over at Slow Boring, Matt Yglesias has a piece arguing that Amazon is not a monopoly and that a lot of what passes for anti-monopoly discourse is actually anti-bigness discourse. I agree with Yglesias on this point. Not all anti-monopoly advocates are motivated by anti-bigness per se, but many of them are, and this can… Continue reading The Anti-Bigness Ideology

What Is Lost in Post-Scarcity?

Last month, David Dayen set off a discussion about music in the age of streaming. Most of Dayen’s piece was about the economics of it all, but he also found space to lament the cultural effect of the shift towards these buffet-style music services. Perhaps most distressing of all, Spotify has changed how we listen to music,… Continue reading What Is Lost in Post-Scarcity?

The Communal Feeling of Monopoly

Netflix is currently streaming The Last Blockbuster, a movie about the rise and fall of the monopoly video rental giant. There are a lot of interesting tidbits in the movie, including a former executive explaining that the company did not really get caught flat-footed by services like Netflix but was instead just financially mismanaged to the… Continue reading The Communal Feeling of Monopoly

Socialism and the Welfare State

Over at Twitter, Matt Yglesias shared my last post alongside the observation that it is weird that one of the biggest proponents of the welfare state in the policy game is “officially a socialist for Twitter feud purposes.” In the spirit of bringing the old blogging back, I figured I’d use it as a peg… Continue reading Socialism and the Welfare State