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how robert bork fathered the new gilded age
"the Federal Trade Commission, in particular, has applied Bork’s directive to root out collusion everywhere. It has sued associations of independent contractors (who, unlike workers in traditional employment arrangements, do not have an antitrust exemption) and attacked laws granting them collective bargaining rights. For example, it has targeted concerted activity among public defenders, home health workers, and music teachers. Workers in the gig economy have not been spared. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in court, stopped Seattle from granting collective bargaining rights to Uber and Lyft drivers. In a 2015 blog post, an FTC official made clear in that these worker cases are not anomalies but represent agency policy—under a Democratic administration at that. The threat of antitrust investigations and lawsuits hangs over the organizing efforts of millions of workers."
"What would an antitrust rooted in antimonopoly do? It would constrain the discretionary authority of dominant and near-dominant corporations to buy out and stifle competitors and control others and protect the right of workers, small businesses, and consumers to organize and build power. In this system, antitrust enforcers would make concentrated corporate power, not the cooperation of the powerless, their target."
antitrust  antimonopoly 
8 days ago
the dark side of techno-utopianism
"the initial effects of the printing press included heightened ethnic tensions, the spread of medical misinformation, and about a century’s worth of European religious wars... [T]his is all a matter of recondite academic debate, until it isn’t. Let’s say it’s 2004 or 2005, and you’re about to start a social-media company. ...If you believe wholeheartedly in the inevitable march of progress—if you have no doubt that any communication tool you bestow upon the masses will be used as a light bulb, not as a weapon—then there will be no countervailing force checking your reckless optimism, not to mention your rapacity."
technology  utopia  authoritarianism 
9 days ago
What Ails the Right Isn’t (Just) Racism
"in an entirely separate experiment meant to manipulate the way authoritarians viewed “us” and “them,” subjects were told that NASA had verified the existence of alien life––beings “very different from us in ways we are not yet even able to imagine.” After being told that, the measured racial intolerance of authoritarian subjects decreased by half, a result that suggests a general intolerance of difference that varies with perceptions of otherness, not fixed antagonism against a racial group. Their boundaries (and thus their behavior!) can be swiftly altered, Stenner emphasized, just by this simple cognitive device of creating a “superordinate group”: making “black people look more like ‘us’ than ‘them’ when there are green people afoot.”

Under these conditions, the authoritarians didn’t only become kinder to black people, Stenner noted; they also became more merciful to criminals—that is, less inclined to want a crackdown on perceived moral deviance."
authoritarianism  racism 
6 weeks ago
affordable travel club
In order to become a member, you must be at least 40 years of age,
have a permanent residence, and be able to provide clean, comfortable, and private sleeping quarters and either full or continental breakfast for two or more guests.
travel 
7 weeks ago
Why Should Immigrants ‘Respect Our Borders’? The West Never Respected Theirs
Without immigration, America’s economic growth would have been 15 percent lower from 1990 to 2014; Britain’s would have been a full 20 percent lower.... If you want to help the poorest people in the world, the fastest way to do so is to ease barriers to migration. Migrants sent back $689 billion in remittances last year, which amounts to three times more than the direct gains from abolishing all trade barriers, four times more than all the foreign aid given by those governments and 100 times the amount of all debt relief.
immigration  development 
8 weeks ago
article - the network of global corporate control
In detail,nearly4/10of the control over the economic value of TNCs in the world is held, via a complicatedweb of ownership relations, by a group of147TNCs in the core, which has almost full controlover itself. The top holders within the core can thus be thought of as an economic “super-entity”in the global network of corporations. A relevant additional fact at this point is that3/4of thecore are financial intermediaries. Fig. 2 D shows a small subset of well-known financial playersand their links, providing an idea of the level of entanglement of the entire core.
antitrust 
8 weeks ago
what happened to aung san suu kyi
"I understand this argument, but I’m skeptical that sanctions are ever an effective deterrent. I have come to believe that sanctions are generally overused by Washington; the bad guys know how to evade them, so they hurt only the wrong people. In Myanmar, this means bad actors thrive in the dark economy of trading drugs, rubies, and jade while the broader public stagnates in a sclerotic economy that can’t attract investment. Moreover, a Myanmar that is economically stymied by the U.S. is more likely to fall into the arms of China, which won’t raise any human-rights concerns about the Rohingya."
sanctions  burma 
10 weeks ago
why antimonopoly awoke from slumber - matt stoller
John Adams to Thomas Jefferson in 1815: “What do We mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the People, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen Years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington. The Records of thirteen Legislatures, the Pamphlets, Newspapers in all the Colonies ought be consulted, during that Period, to ascertain the Steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the Authority of Parliament over the Colonies.”
antimonopoly  founders  revolution 
12 weeks ago
antitrust legacy of thurman arnold
fingerprinted individual CEOs like criminals when bringing antitrust indictments
antitrust 
12 weeks ago
To Save Democracy, We Need Class Struggle
"Democracy has its origins in the capacity of the poor to disrupt the routines of the rich... I found some evidence that democracy is more likely when a country’s neighbors are also democratic, that more unequal countries are more likely to democratize, and that education incubates democracy. But the most consistent, powerful explanations for the rise of democracy are these two: the growth of the disruptive capacities of ordinary people and the death of the landlord class."
activism  inequality  democracy 
july 2019
can a night owl become a morning person
A gentler method, called bright-light therapy, uses melatonin, alarms and light to slowly adjust a person’s chronotype, under a doctor’s supervision. “It’s not as simple as going to bed three hours earlier and setting an alarm for the time you want to get up and exposing yourself to bright light,” Dr. Rosen says. That’s because a person’s “circadian nadir”—when the drive for wakefulness is at its lowest point—usually falls about two hours before the person’s natural wake-up time—and it’s also when sensitivity to light is at its highest. Exposure to light around that time can cause problems, she says.

Bright-light therapy basically requires shifting your bedtime earlier by 30 minutes a night, setting an alarm to go off 8 hours after that and, on waking up, immediately exposing yourself to bright light for 15-30 minutes. Taking 0.5 milligrams of melatonin two or three hours before bedtime can help with falling asleep, Dr. Rosen says. Once you’re comfortable with that schedule, the doctor continues to move up the whole process in 30-minute increments, often no more than twice a week, until you hit your target wake-up time. It could take weeks or months until a person who naturally goes to bed at 1 a.m. and wakes at 9 a.m. can instead easily fall asleep at 10 p.m. and wake at 6 a.m., Dr. Rosen says.
sleep 
july 2019
Moderation in All Things - Marie Brennan
"The more time passes, the less patience I have with the notion that “a real writer writes every day.”
Try subbing in some other words there and see how that sentence sounds. “A real teacher teaches every day.” “A real programmer programs every day.” “A real surgeon performs surgery every day.” These are all patently absurd. The teacher, the programmer, and the surgeon are all better at their jobs for not going to work every day. For taking some days off."
writing 
july 2019
$15 minimum wage saves lives
"A $15 minimum wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect."
inequality  pauseandpersist 
june 2019
google teamwork research
Psychological safety: Everyone feels safe in taking risks around their team members, and that they won’t be embarrassed or punished for doing so.
Dependability: Everyone completes quality work on time.
Structure and clarity: Everyone knows what their specific expectations are. These expectations must be challenging yet attainable.
Meaning: Everyone has a sense of purpose in their work (i.e., financial security, supporting family, helping the team succeed, etc.).
Impact: Everyone sees that the result of their work actually contributes to the organization’s overall goals.
teamwork  worklife 
june 2019
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