Marcuse and ‘Technological Rationality’

As we move into an era of unchartered technological growth, it is helpful to revisit the theoretical framework of Herbert Marcuse, who posits that any debates around the organisation of technical resources must be prefaced with an acceptance that technology is simply the tool of ideology, whether established or revolutionary.  Born in Berlin in 1898, and […]

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5. Climate Change: A Systemic Crisis

In our fifth episode of The Special Relationship we unpack Aaron’s recent column on the Green New Deal, discuss the recent rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and consider how a similarly progressive movement may develop transnationally in Europe. This podcast is still a work in progress. If you have any feedback or if you would like […]

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A User’s Guide to ‘Discussing Gilets Jaunes’

To help visualize our recent podcast on the Gilets Jaunes – here are some photos and videos that I took from the experience: pic.twitter.com/MbNNF3o6tk — Aaron White (@aaronwolfwhite) January 11, 2019 ‘2008: We Don’t Forget. Give us our money back’#GiletJaunes #ActeIX #YellowVest #Paris pic.twitter.com/tu6P5wpxBp — The Junction (@tweetthejunc) January 12, 2019 Tax Evasion + Financing […]

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The Overton Window

‘The Overton Window’ is a concept named after its originator Joseph Overton, a former member of the US based free-market Think Tank the Mackinac Centre for Public Policy. It describes the acceptable parameters of public discourse within a particular society. Overton contended that the viability of a public policy depended on its position within or […]

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An Era of Mass Automation

A report from Price Waterhouse and Coopers (PWC) divides the impact of modern technology on the labour market into three distinct temporal sections. Firstly, the Algorithmic Wave, between our current moment and the ‘early 2020s’. This will see the ‘automation of simple computational tasks’ and will mainly impact ‘data-driven sectors such as financial services’ . […]

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The Jolly Roger

Marcus Rediker, in conversation with Fiona Jeffries in Nothing To Lose But Our Fear, deconstructs the symbolism behind the Jolly Roger pirate flag. The conventional narrative concerning the flag maintains that it was used to send: “a clear message: surrender or die. The symbolism worked. When the Jolly Roger went up, the men on the […]

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