Beyond Jubilee: Debt Abolition

I reviewed another new book from Haymarket—Can't Pay, Won't Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition—for The Bias magazine. Can't Pay, Won't Pay is a product of the collective theorizing and organizing of the Debt Collective. It's an excellent primer on the history of neoliberalism's weaponization of debt as well as an effective … Continue reading Beyond Jubilee: Debt Abolition

Cardboard Darwinism & Double Transference

"Cardboard Darwinism," writes biologist Stephen Jay Gould in an essay of the same name, "is a reductionist, one-way theory about the grafting of information from environment upon organism," or what amounts to a form of biological determinism. Gould's critique of this hollowed-out version of Darwin's theory comes in the context of a larger critical appraisal … Continue reading Cardboard Darwinism & Double Transference

Dialectical Ecology

"If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster." Thus reads one of the Hopi prophecies which echo throughout Philip Glass's haunting soundtrack for Koyaanisqatsi (1982). As those familiar with Godfrey Reggio's cult film know, the title itself refers to "a state of life that calls for another way of living," a … Continue reading Dialectical Ecology

The Origin of Capitalism

A précis of Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View (Verso, 2017). There is a story told about capitalism—mostly by its proponents: classical liberals, American conservatives, libertarians, and the like; but also sometimes inadvertently by its Marxist critics—that sees this system as synonymous with human nature in all times and all places, as the innate … Continue reading The Origin of Capitalism