2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

by Tom Engelhardt edited by O Society August 23, 2019 I, Winston Smith... I mean, Tom Engelhardt... have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one -- and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel, 1984. In it, Winston Smith, a … Continue reading 2084 Orwell Revisited in the Age of Trump

The Oligarchy’s Plans For Our Future Keep Getting More Stupider

by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society August 21, 2019 It’s rare to get a billionaire to share their grand plans for the future, which is weird because billionaires pretty much rule the world. Whenever they do, though, it’s always something incredibly sociopathic, like replacing all jobs with billionaire-owned automation/AI and giving people a Universal Basic … Continue reading The Oligarchy’s Plans For Our Future Keep Getting More Stupider

Google Reads Your Gmail to Track Your Purchases and Financial Information

by Meghan Graham edited by O Society July 6, 2019 Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete Google saves years of information on purchases you’ve made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail. It’s complicated to delete this private information, and options to … Continue reading Google Reads Your Gmail to Track Your Purchases and Financial Information

The Danger of Getting Sidetracked by Bread & Circus

  Jonathan Cook edited by O Society June 29, 2019 I really do not wish to write about Mark Field, the British government minister who assaulted a climate change activist last week, grabbing her by the neck and violently marching her out of a City of London dinner while all the hundreds of other wealthy … Continue reading The Danger of Getting Sidetracked by Bread & Circus

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

The world’s newest country? by Jennifer Grygiel Conversation edited by O Society June 18, 2019 Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus … Continue reading With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

Authoritarianism & Post-Truth Politics

by Jacob Levy Niskanen Center  edited by O Society June 5, 2019 In response to the bizarre politics the day, the Oxford Dictionaries selected as the word of the year “post-truth,” a term that highlights how far we’ve come in the years since Stephen Colbert coined “truthiness” for his comedic coverage of the George W. Bush … Continue reading Authoritarianism & Post-Truth Politics

Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

  No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response ‘Catastrophe afflicts people now and, unlike those in the rich world who can still afford to wallow in despair, they are forced to respond in practical ways.’ Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/AFP/Getty Images by George Monbiot Guardian edited by … Continue reading Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse