Microsoft’s purchase of Github is the latest chapter in capitalism’s oldest story: the absorption of artisan labor into the circuits of capital.
Gavin Mueller is a contributing editor at Jacobin. He lives in Washington, DC.
The super-rich talk to one another about a rising tide lifting all boats, all the while arming their yachts ahead of potential crisis.
Neither Zuckerberg nor the Pope, but international digital socialism.
We should denounce ruthless and wild compradors like Wu-Tang superfan Martin Shkreli, but also understand the cold world in which they operate.
The new biopic Straight Outta Compton is more mixtape than manifesto.
Jurassic World wrongly blames the sins of sequels on the audience.
Gentrification isn’t a cultural phenomenon — it’s a class offensive by powerful capitalists.
If the Right wants to cry about class warfare, we should give them something to cry about.
No act of consumption is completely passive, but even the most active types of consumption form a shaky ground for serious left politics.
To put it most unkindly, trap music is adult contemporary for the prosumer age.
The trailers for Elysium promised a class-struggle masterpiece, but for all its triumphs the film’s politics don’t quite measure up.
Paul Krugman takes up the banner of the Luddites. Here’s what he gets wrong.
Automation isn’t freeing us from work — it’s keeping us under capitalist control.
Those DJs lost. Serato is everywhere, and it happened with less resistance than one might have expected. Maybe it’s because many DJs are interested in exploring new technology; maybe it’s because they aren’t organized as a labor force.
The problem for reality TV is that real life is too dull to make compelling TV, but compelling TV is obviously contrived.
From Blackbeard to Kim Dotcom, has piracy been a radical force?