For society to survive, contributions of all kinds must be rewarded

More and more jobs are vanishing, and they aren’t going to come back.

But it’s a weird sort of vanishing. Until the late ’70s, our increasing worker productivity meant more pay per worker, and a drop in prices of goods. At that point, we started to need fewer workers to…


How do you reintegrate someone into society after they have participated in mass violence, like war or crimes against humanity?

This is not a question we often ask ourselves. When at peace, it seems impossibly distant or subject to easy answers; when at war, the question of how to reintegrate…


The meaning of International Labor Day

Today is a day to recommit ourselves to the idea that human beings have value beyond their industrial productivity, and that people’s labor has value beyond what they receive in wages.

To the idea that people are more than “human resources” — an expense to be managed so that the…


The Devil is in the Details

Apple has agreed that the encryption keys for iCloud user accounts for Chinese persons will be stored in China, as Reuters reported today.

If you aren’t familiar with Chinese law and the situation around this, this may seem relatively innocuous: a company is doing business in a country, and complying…


It’s both more serious and less serious than we’ve admitted

I’ve recently seen a lot of very anxious responses from people in tech at anything which suggests that their “core skills” may be devalued, especially in favor of other skills which they haven’t spent their lives on. Most importantly, this shows up in the argument over “hard” versus “soft” skills…


Understanding money, inequality, and why the tax bill is important

Imagine that today you accidentally got overcharged $1 somewhere, and a week from now they realized this and gave you your dollar back. On the whole, this might be annoying, but it probably won’t be a big deal to you. …


Or, a way to find books we want to read

The genres of story we most often hear about are really marketing categories: romance, science fiction, classic literature. Like all categories, they are sometimes useful and often fail. …


Blue checkmarks are a problem.

On social networks, they’re meant to indicate some bare factual statement, like “we [Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook] know who this person is and can confirm that they’re famous.” But it was inevitable that they would end up being interpreted as “this is a special person…


Entering the Post-American Century

Brief summary, for those not up to date on today’s news: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka MBS, has decided to consolidate his power rather forcefully, arresting ten prominent princes, including the leader of the National Guard, ministers, and the like for corruption, and simply killing two others. This comes…


A model for understanding what’s going on today

I want to tell you a story about something that happened in the news a few days ago. …

Yonatan Zunger

Either political analysis of authoritarian regimes, or interesting facts about science, depending on my mood.

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