Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans. by Brian Goldstone edited by O Society September 10, 2019 Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she … Continue reading The New American Homeless
One of the most interesting things about free market capitalism in general and libertarian thought specifically is it has no way of coherently justifying the initial acquisition of property. by Matt Bruenig edited by O Society September 7, 2019 How does something that was once unowned become owned without nonconsensually destroying others’ liberty? It is impossible. … Continue reading Private Property: Where Does It Come From?
Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us from neurocapitalism. by Sigal Samuel edited by O Society August 31, 2019 “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.” That’s from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, published in 1949. The comment is meant to highlight what a … Continue reading In the Era of Neurocapitalism, our Brains Need New Rights
by David Johnson edited by O Society August 29, 2019 After the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris nearly burned down in April, the French luxury-goods magnate François-Henri Pinault was celebrated for committing €100 million to reconstruct what he called ‘this jewel of our heritage’ and ushering in a flood of donations from other benefactors and companies. Though an … Continue reading In Praise of Famous People
by Timothy Kruse edited by O Society August 28, 2019 On August 18th, when President Trump first confirmed rumors that he was interested in buying Greenland, the American punditry chattered about it in every news outlet as an absurd joke. Trump himself seemed to play along by retweeting a meme showing a shiny gold Trump Casino … Continue reading Greenland and Manifest Destiny
by Albert Einstein May 1949 edited by O Society August 24, 2019 Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a number of reasons that it is. Let us first consider the question from the point of … Continue reading Why Socialism
by Linh Dinh edited by O Society August 15, 2019 My last three years in high school, I was in Northern Virginia. I hung out at Springfield Mall and Wakefield Recreation Center. Though I had lame handles and an erratic shot, I still managed to get into pickup games, and each time I hoisted up … Continue reading Selling Whiteness