"Human engineering is absolutely critical to the future of humanity," the argument will begin. "The problems of the future will be more complex than today's to such an extent that cultivating the brainpower needed to solve them can no longer be left solely to the genetic crapshoot known as procreation." Very much within the realm of techno-optimism, proponents will hype the possibility of editing out certain diseases as one of gene engineering’s great benefits. However, the true scope of gene editing won’t be truly understood until posthumanists (quite rightly) advise us that “we need more Einsteins.”
"You see how control is not discipline. You do not confine people, for example, with a highway. But by making highways, you multiply the means of control. I am not saying this is the only aim of highways, but people can travel infinitely and freely without being confined while being perfectly controlled. That is our future."
"If diversity issues within the milieu of black producers, writers, and actors affect more than several dozen black people in tv and film I'd be shocked. The kind of diversity reflected in “The Black Characters I Wish I Saw More Of” is a function of different kinds of privilege and therefore doesn't go "all the way down" to regular black people whose lives look more like mine than they look like Donald Glover's or Ava Duvernay's."
"Several decades of extraordinary innovation have had a hand in creating extraordinary inequality. In the wake of this development, George Soros, the Kochs, and others like them now get to call the shots on how much tax they should pay. This twisted privilege is the result of the political influence of wealth and years of tax cuts and relaxed tax laws allowing money across borders with little to no friction."
"The death of the star vehicle meant the death of the original blockbuster or at least a blockbuster where the IP wasn’t the primary selling point. What was unique in 1989, a big-budget adult-skewing comic book superhero movie directed by a wunderkind visionary and filled with “prestigious” adult movie stars, is now virtually the only path to success."
"(Big “c”) Conservatism’s preferences for gradual rates of social and cultural change, strong religious faith, and the belief that history, tradition, hierarchy, and authority provide better modes of organizing human affairs than Liberal individualism are at odds with the university, which means they’re also at odds with the Liberal sphere of influence."
"In managing worker behavior, boss programs will also manage our acceptance of AI as a new, more productive addition to the work experience. And in doing this they will ultimately teach us how to be managed by software."
""Slack" captures all those little chances to get over without getting in trouble. To take advantage of slack is to stick it to The Man, to strike a blow for personal dignity, to get a little action on the side. At the heart of the opportunities provided by "slack in the system" is a simple moral principle: just because one schnook takes an opportunity to get a tiny bit ahead does not diminish some other schnook's chances of breaking off a nice piece for himself. Unfortunately, increased connectivity and processing power diminish slack over time, as well as over networks. More powerful computers and programs watch, track, optimize, analyze, and predict."
"Particularly for younger voters for whom the appeal of capitalism is declining, "socialism" (as I've written in "What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism") is short-hand for a less rigged and rapacious, more restrained and fair type of market economy than the brand that ascended with 80s-era Reaganism and Thatcherism and crashed with the 2008 Financial Crisis. In this light, critiques of 40 years of neoliberalism are serious challenges to centrists like Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Delaney. It’s the last conversation they want to have because they don’t even know how to have it now that Trumpism has slaughtered their sacred cows."
"Though Mao's cult of personality has passed into history, its traces persist within systems of Orwellian control. To downplay the importance of 1989's Tiananmen Square protests, the state apparatus weaponizes forgetting in order to once again pit younger, more socially engineered generations against once militant Baby Boomers."