The DeX Files: The Great Buyback Boom

"To have believed that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 would deliver on the promises made by the President and every Republican Congressman or Senator who had a microphone shoved in his face was to believe that corporations would use their tax savings to invest in equipment and factories. That they would hire more workers. That as demand for goods and labor picked up wages would rise and the deficit would fall. To have believed what has been proven a fantasy was to reveal to your friends and neighbors that you had little grip on how late capitalism actually works."

The DeX Files: Amazonian Surveillance

"Fighting crime and enforcing the law require someone breaking the law. But “keeping us safe” is ultimately about perceived (and now predicted) threats that may never materialize but nevertheless require a vigilance that justifies itself once we accept it. Necessarily, more perceived or potential threats than real account significantly for the increased level of surveillance we’ve seen since 2001."

The Death Of Stuff

Cultural surplus has replaced cultural scarcity. In doing so, it’s also changed the calculus of how we define our inner lives. The shelf space I once devoted to books, magazines, CDs, records, DVDs, and comics is now disk space housing commodified memories. They’re always already at the click of a mouse, reminders that the death of stuff is the death of things we could throw away.

There’s A Policeman In My Head And He Must Be Shelby Steele (On Black Conservatives)

"The black conservative agenda is a product. Black conservatives sell it by seeing the world through the eyes of their predominantly white consumers and patrons. In that world racism is a bug, not a feature of American modernity."