October 9, 2018
“Sokal Squared” is bad science. Its blatant manipulation of its own “data,” the lack of meaningful controls, and the disconnect between its methods and what it claims to prove are a remarkably poor model for nonpoliticized scholarship, even if it … Continue reading
October 8, 2018
Paradoxically, all the scenarios, apocalyptic or preventive, come from researchers and leaders of industry involved in the development of the very technology they are mobilising against. Source: Silicon Valley funds our helpless future, by Charles Perragin & Guillaume Renouard (Le … Continue reading
October 7, 2018
Re: Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Moved to Iowa, Employs Undocumented Workers The near total use of undocumented labourers is not news to anyone who’s ever lived in farm country. All the bullshit about illegal immigration is really just about labor … Continue reading
October 6, 2018
Impeaching Trump or backing out of Brexit won’t solve our problems. In both scenarios – impeachment or a second referendum – the suspicion of elites would become even greater, and the political alienation and economic marginalisation that contributed to it … Continue reading
April 17, 2018
The practice of centers taking control over their peripheries is as old as states, but it is not innocuous. When the federal government takes control of its periphery, it imposes a kind of alien rule, even on the familiar terrain … Continue reading
Who needs city housing regulators when AirBnB can use data-driven methods to effectively regulate room-letting, then house-letting, and eventually urban planning generally? Why not let Amazon have its own jurisdiction or charter city, or establish special judicial procedures for Foxconn? Some vanguardists of functional sovereignty believe online rating systems could replace state occupational licensure—so rather than having government boards credential workers, a platform like LinkedIn could collect star ratings on them.
In this and later posts, I want to explain how this shift from territorial to functional sovereignty is creating a new digital political economy.
via From Territorial to Functional Sovereignty: The Case of Amazon « Law and Political Economy
May 16, 2017
In Laurie Penny’s most excellent review of Ivanka Trump’s book, she includes the following excerpt: Simply put, staking your claim means declaring something your own. Early in our country’s history, as new territories were acquired or opened—particularly during the gold … Continue reading