Abortion Rights

Abortion Advocates Should Turn to Direct Democracy

Citizen-driven ballot initiatives are a powerful tool in the fight against abortion bans like the one threatening Arizona. State governments can’t be trusted to execute the popular will. We’ll have to do it ourselves. From Jacobin The AAA initiative is an example of a citizen-driven ballot initiative, a method by which ordinary citizens choose an important


Freedom Under Capitalism Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to…

Libertarians argue that capitalism is superior to socialism because in capitalism anyone is free to do anything — including start a worker cooperative. In truth, capitalism constrains our options, while socialism can liberate us to live as we please. Capitalism is a system under which the means of production can be bought and sold by


Welcome to a Brave New World of Price Gouging

Sellers have always had access to more information than buyers, and “dynamic pricing,” which harnesses the power of algorithms and big data, is supercharging this asymmetry. If you weren’t already convinced the future of capitalism will involve an endless optimization of extractive capacity and the ensuing enshitification of every last bit of consumer life, well, get ready


Ayn Rand Had a Fragile Ego, Incoherent Ideas, and…

Ayn Rand believed that the path to social harmony ran through the inferior masses’ acceptance of brutal rule by their natural superiors. Her perspective was wrong, and its implications were just as grim and nasty as her atrocious personality. Those of us familiar with Ayn Rand’s ardent pro-capitalism and renowned meanspiritedness may be disinclined to


New York’s first offshore wind hub to be built…

The agreement prioritizes hiring locally for union construction jobs to build a ‘linchpin’ of the Biden administration’s offshore wind ambitions. Labor groups inked a first-of-its-kind deal to support local hiring and union jobs with the developer of New York’s first offshore wind port. It’s an agreement for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, envisioned as a

Dreams of the Rich

Get These Rich People Off the Moon

Texas start-up Intuitive Machines has achieved the first moon landing by a private firm. It’s dumping rich people’s detritus on the lunar surface — a grim sign of how the superrich plan to plant their flag beyond our own planet. After many failed attempts by various private outfits, Intuitive Machines is the first private company