An addendum to "protests descending into violence." By now, the world knows the name George Floyd. For this, we have the young people fighting with police in cities across the country to thank. But the deep and abiding love that pundits and TV hosts have for "peaceful protest," which they profess as they narrate helicopter … Continue reading Wielding the weapon of “peaceful protest”
On "moderate," and the myth of a center lane: https://newrepublic.com/article/157167/airy-ambivalence-moderate-politician-joe-biden On "essential," and the essential question: essential for whom? https://newrepublic.com/article/157544/slippery-definition-essential-worker-coronavirus-pandemic
Just published in the New Republic and written in anger and disappointment on Wednesday, the day after Joe Biden won Michigan's primary. In the days that followed, we've been treated to a round-the-clock advertisement for the urgency of Medicare for all and the dysfunction of a social and economic system built for endless competition and … Continue reading Who Believes in the Future?
Most of what you ever wanted to know about Airbnb Magazine, in Jacobin: "I Read Airbnb Magazine So You Don't Have To:" "Because a lot of Airbnb’s workers are actually property owners, whether professional landlords or owners of real-estate portfolios, Airbnb labors very hard to do what comes more easily to services like Uber: putting … Continue reading Airbnb: The Magazine
An oldie but a goodie: I talked with Patrick Sheehan for the New Books Network about Keywords: check it out here.
New posts on terrible words may appear here from time to time, but for now, they're in my new language column at The New Republic, called "Loose Talk." Here they are, so far: Progressive Policy Populism The Economy Green
I was very excited to get to talk to some of the most excellent podcast hosts on the left recently: Katie Halper & Gabe Pacheco and Dan Denvir. Listen to my discussion with Katie and Gabe here: https://actifypress.com/228-the-new-language-of-capitalism-with-john-patrick-leary-kthalps/ And Dan Denvir, one of the best interviewers in the game, talked to me on The Dig. … Continue reading Podcasts!
a pound of flesh Bernie Sanders' proposals for medicare-for-all and universal student debt relief have fired up the wonks. Charles Lane recently wrote a column in the Washington Post that has some bad news for American democratic socialists: actually, Nordic social democracy isn't socialism. And he has a JP Morgan Chase report to prove it. … Continue reading Skin in the game
Hey Londoners--I'll be chatting with Oliver Eagleton about Keywords tomorrow, May 29, at the Mayday rooms. Hope to see you then.
I was a guest on WNYC's On the Media, direct from a recording studio in Lisbon (thanks Dizplay Soundlab!), to talk about the scandal of meritocracy. Meritocracy is a particularly strange keyword, because it was originally coined by Michael Young as a satirical mockery of a fantasy it has now come to earnestly represent: social … Continue reading On meritocracy and the Varsity Blues scandal