POLITICS

Did the CDC Reveal COVID-19 Mask Wearing as a PR Performance of Late Capitalism?

Mask off. The CDC yesterday announced that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks at indoor or outdoor gatherings. Those living directly under the American Empire, rather than one of its proxies or...

What the CIA’s ‘Intersectional’ Recruiting Ad Says About the Aesthetic of Empire

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) this past week integrated identity politics themes into those of American military conquest. “I am a woman of color. I am a Mom. I am a cisgender millennial who has...

Derek Chauvin Inmate Says Convicted Cop Is Not Safe in General Population

A prison inmate at Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, the five star maximum security prison where Derek Chauvin is being held, believes the convicted ex-cop is not safe with the general population. “First...

Sinking Beaches, Foreign Capital, and Scams Galore: Why Florida Is America’s Doomed Future

Thousands of party-crazed Americans raged in South Beach during Spring Break, twerking, fighting, stripping, and drinking. Outraged tweeters presented them as Floridians, but Miami arrest records prove most came from out of town. As a Florida...

Joe Biden’s Immigration ‘Crisis’ Is the Simulation’s Déjà Vu

There is nothing new in the Biden immigration 'crisis.' The American political system and mass media have transformed the subject of immigration into déjà vu: This recurring feeling like the United States political economy reproduces...

U.S. Army Says Climate Change in Arctic Brings ‘New Opportunities’ for Advanced Weapons

The U.S. Army believes melting ice caps in the Arctic caused by climate change will create "new opportunities" for "digital societies"—including around natural resources used for building "advanced weapons." "Furthermore, decreased sea ice and glacial...

Teen Vogue Hit By Intersectional Ad Boycott it Helped Mainstream

Teen Vogue during the Trump years promoted a cultural framework built on intersectionality and youth activism—many articles published on the site encouraged the use of advertiser boycotts as a tool of systemic change. But...

Trump is Reduced to the Simulation’s Binary Choice at CPAC

If the premise is accepted that we are living in a simulation, then binary choices are the foundation of its architecture. Shortly after Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 shattered preconceived notions of American politics, the...

Andrew Yang Proposes ‘People’s Bank’ Built On Fintech

The "unbanked" are everywhere—even in a financial mecca like New York City.

Deplatforming the Far-Right Could Accelerate an Extremist Underground

The short-term benefits of deplatforming far-right actors and extremist content presents a paradox in long-term consequences. If the only collective answer to web-fueled extremism is to sweep it into the internet’s gutters, and deeper...