"The 40-year goal of starving the beast—a massive wealth transfer from the bottom 90% to the top 10% through mechanisms such as globalization, bailouts, quantitative easing, the tax code, and the unbridled growth of finance capitalism—has been achieved."
"Though the difference between being a European serf and an American slave is one of kind and not at all of degree, certain white conservatives continue to make false equivalences between slavery and serfdom. Such statements are as intellectually bankrupt as claims about "Irish slavery" in America and the complicity of Africans in the growth of the slave trade. These ideas have been deployed by the right to dilute, downplay and dismiss the weight of African American history on America's conscience."
"Perhaps the most interesting difference between the DC and Marvel universes is that the former seems to be the inevitable product of a mythic and historical process that began eons ago, while the latter is the product of myriad contingencies set in motion less than a century ago."
"If bad messaging is a cardinal reason why Black Lives Matter isn’t the next evolution of the civil rights movement, then there’s no way the anti-vaccination movement could ever be. Anti-vaxxers who wrap themselves in the cloak of the civil rights movement are as ridiculous as anti-abortion activists likening the status of a fetus to that of Dred Scott."
"Elite capture of youth sports didn’t occur in a vacuum. It's just one of countless effects of a 40-year retreat from broad-based social and economic conditions and policies that kept extreme income and wealth inequalities in check."
"Unlike class politics, and because it privileges transforming social and ideological conditions rather than material conditions, identity politics has more easily transformed the way liberal Americans think than class politics could."
"The future always fails, weighed down and overdetermined by the expectations of the present. At some point, we'll no longer understand nostalgia as a sentimental longing for a past that’s as much simulation as it is pastiche."
"To say that the 60s ended with the Moon Landing is to say that there's still nowhere to go but up for Western civilization. But to say that the 60s ended with the Manson Family killings is to say that society had taken a wrong turn, that history, culture, and civilization had set upon a dark path."
"The surveillance offered by Amazon's Ring smartphone security system convinces us that we can take control of our own security, when in fact we’re giving it away to those who claim to protect us but are really harvesting us for our data."
We're slowly but steadily becoming aware of how user fees, interest, rents, ride-sharing, personal data as the price of using digital goods, and the right to repair debate are signals that the next phase of capitalism will be defined by shifts from owner to user-based economics.