Pluralistic: Thankful for class consciousness (24 Nov 2023)

Today’s links Thankful for class consciousness: Eggs, Teslas, airlines, turkeys, and the roof over your head. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Thankful for class consciousness (permalink) Before the term “ecology” came along, people didn’t know they were on the same side. You care about owls, I care about the ozone layer – what does the destiny of charismatic nocturnal avians have to do with the gaseous composition of the upper atmosphere? But as James Boyle has written, the term “ecology” welded together a thousand issues into a single movement. When we talk about “looking at our world through a lens,” this is what we mean – apply the right analytical lens and a motley assortment of disparate causes becomes a unified, coherent project: Unfettered, planet-destroying, worker immiserating corporate power is only possible in the absence of such a lens. Before neoliberalism can destroy our lives, it must first convince us that we are all disconnected. “There is no such thing as society,” isn’t just an empty slogan: it’s a weapon for dismantling the democratically accountable structures that can stand against industrial tyrants. That’s why neoliberalism is so viciously opposed to all kinds of solidarity, why corporate apologists insist that the only elections that matter are the ones where you “vote with your wallet.” It’s no surprise that the side with the thickest wallets wants to replace ballots with dollars! Today, at…Pluralistic: Thankful for class consciousness (24 Nov 2023)

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