How ‘the future’ reveals our inequalities, divisions, and ingenuity, one electric unicycle at a time

There is someone from the future who lives in my city. I know because I see him sometimes at night if I’m out on my stoop. He dresses all in black, and I can catch just a glimpse of his neck and face tattoos as he zooms down the middle…


Political scientist Melinda Cooper explains how neoliberals and social conservatives have found common ground

When I first read political scientist Melinda Cooper’s 2017 book Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism it left me searching in vain for a cliché to use besides “mind-blowing.” Her central idea is that conservatives and neoliberals have collaborated to restore the central importance of the family…


The New New

On the hunt for a 21st-century trust buster

Tim Wu has the kind of résumé that would make the most ambitious helicopter parent smile. A graduate of McGill and Harvard Law, Wu trained under some of the legal world’s biggest names, including Stephen Breyer, whom he clerked for on the Supreme Court. Wu was a professor by the…


YOUTH NOW

Abortions are simple procedures, yet fewer than 0.2% of U.S. doctors perform them. Meet the new guard trying to improve access for all.

A sign in the lobby of the Philadelphia hotel read:

THERE ARE NO EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY
Please enjoy your day!

Meanwhile, in the ballroom upstairs, a significant portion of America’s current and future abortion providers were eating breakfast. The fake-out sign was one of multiple security measures, but the…


Declining pay for freelance writers hurts more than just the quality of the prose

When people who read magazines read an article in a magazine, I don’t imagine they know how much the writer was paid. As consumers, we aren’t responsible for what workers make; market competition and minimum wage laws take care of that. So, as long as we pay for our purchases…


Is Amazon’s plan to increase our efficiency a good thing?

It was explicitly and deliberately a ratchet, designed to effect a one-way passage from scarcity to plenty by way of stepping up output each year, every year, year after year. Nothing else mattered: not profit, not the rate of industrial accidents, not the effect of the factories on the land…


A short critique of a short critique

Yesterday I published a piece questioning the methodology of and publicity around the Case/Deaton paper on (white) mortality. Most of the comments have been real supportive, but WSJ econ correspondent Josh Zumbrun took the time to raise some questions, and I wanted to…


Part I, about opinion and conscience

The Republican Party is pretty fucked. I can only guess what the leadership (elected and not) is hoping for, but I imagine it’s a Trump loss followed by a reorganization of the GOP’s nominating procedure similar to the one the Democrats enacted following the…


There’s a noise under the bed and it won’t stop

The current debate about fascism in America has, thus far, centered on the definition. Many publications have been musing in the same direction: “Is Donald Trump a fascist?” (Slate, The New York Times), “Is Donald Trump an Actual Fascist?” (Vanity…


They are fine

Unless something very strange happens, I believe Hillary Clinton will be elected President of the United States later this year. She is — despite what Bernie Sanders might say — among the most qualified candidates to ever run for the office. Clinton represents and has explicitly promised…

Malcolm Harris

Author of “Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials” malcolmpharris@gmail ☭

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