My latest Locus column, “Let’s Get Better at Demanding Better from Tech,” looks at how science fiction can make us better critics of technology by imagining how tech could be used in difference social and economic contexts than the one we live in today.
The “pro-tech” side’s argument is some variation on,Read More
Oxfam’s released its annual report on inequality, timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum, and unlike previous reports (which focused on attractive but misleading stats about the relative wealth of poor and rich people), the new one focuses on the growth in the fortunes of the world’s richest people, a stat that isRead More
Barry Ritholz maintains two stock indices: the Oligarch Index contains “companies that Trump liked” in his public communications; the Drain the Swamp index has “companies that Trump trashed.”
Since Trump took office, the S&P has gained 21%. The Oligarch index underperformed the market with 19.5% in gains. The Drain the Swamp indexRead More
By Cory Doctorow Tim O’Reilly has his finger on the pulse of technology and the people who make it in a way that is unmatched by anyone in the world; the publisher of the world’s best-loved computer books, the host of technology’s best-loved conferences, the convenor of the most important conversations about tech and itsRead More
The Republican tax plan will exempt the 0.2% of Americans who pass on estates of $5.49 million (each) to their heirs, a tiny elite that includes most of the Trump cabinet of one-percenter plutocrats; under the Senate proposal, that exemption would double.
The argument against inheritance taxes is that they’re “doubleRead More
America’s great stagnation includes a hardening of class divisions, with fewer and fewer poor and working class people raising children who rise to the middle class or even the one percent — a fact that strikes at the heart of the cherished American notion of rags-to-riches meritocracy where you rise to prominence on theRead More