Wow. The past year has flown by. It’s high time I update this thing. I’ve been busy since my last post. I wrote a handful of pieces for Jacobin talking about smartphones, and the free market fantasies of conscious capitalists. I wrote about Facebook and our desire for a genuine digital commons. There’s one about development in the Global South, and another on feminism and socialism for our special print supplement The ABCs of Socialism (Check it out — it’s great!). And of course the election. Here’s a Trump piece and some musings on Bernie.


What else? I wrote some pieces telling people about my book The New Prophets of Capital. This piece for the Guardian on Oprah Winfrey sparked some heated debate. I also wrote a piece for the lovely folks at openDemocracy on the false prophets of social transformation and a short piece for Al Jazeera critiquing the Gates Foundation. Dissent published a nice Q & A and more recently Be Scofield over at Decolonizing Yoga put up an excerpt on her excellent site.


Oprah Winfrey in 2011. Photograph: Todd Williamson/WireImage


Traffic Courts and Inequality


The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights just put out this report. Here is a blurb from the report:

“Low-income Californians are being disproportionately impacted by state laws and procedures related to driver’s license suspensions. Due to increased fines and fees and reduced access to courts, more than four million Californians have suspended drivers licenses. These suspensions make it harder for people to get and keep jobs, harm credit ratings and raise public safety concerns. Ultimately they keep people in long cycles of poverty that are difficult if not impossible for many to overcome. This report highlights the impacts on families, how the problem happens and what can and should be done to rectify it.”