Entitlements

I came across a 2013 article from the New York Times old Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, about the paper's use of the word "entitlements" to describe Social Security, Medicare, and other federal "outlays," to use the more technical language that once drove coverage of tax policy. Sullivan agreed with a reader that "entitlements" is a partisan, sneering term … Continue reading Entitlements

Team

TEAM, n.: A group of waged workers whose contractual obligation to their boss is dishonestly conflated with a moral duty to one another & themselves. From a Florida Pizza Hut during Hurricane Irma.

A moment of silence for Scaramucci’s Twitter bio

Anthony Scaramucci's Twitter bio once read, with heroic simplicity, "American entrepreneur." His title is now the rather pedestrian "Assistant to the President, Director of Communications." On the one hand, this is a step up--in the aftermath of his famous New Yorker meltdown, he is reaching for a bit of gravitas, emphasizing his importance in the … Continue reading A moment of silence for Scaramucci’s Twitter bio

Not Tragedy, but Atrocity: Grappling with the legacy of the Algiers Hotel murders, half a century later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the murders of Carl Cooper, Fred Temple, and Auburey Pollard at the Algiers Motel in Detroit. I wrote an essay for Guernica on the legacy of John Hersey's book The Algiers Motel Incident, the experience of teaching it in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice verdicts, and the … Continue reading Not Tragedy, but Atrocity: Grappling with the legacy of the Algiers Hotel murders, half a century later

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 30: Thought Leader

In his recent New Republic piece David Sessions reads the category of the "thought leader" as the organic intellectual of the one percent: a figure who gives an emerging class its sense of its purpose in society. This purpose, Sessions argues convincingly, is to mirror, systematize, and popularize the delusions of the superrich: that they … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 30: Thought Leader

Innovation in Action 3: Industry City, Brooklyn

For a concept that describes a business practice, innovation’s vernacular can be often remarkably detached from the market—that is, from the buying and selling of things and services, and the employment (or rather exploitation) of people. Brooklyn’s Industry City redevelopment is a case in point. The site in Sunset Park was largely abandoned by its … Continue reading Innovation in Action 3: Industry City, Brooklyn