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BITS & BRIEFS: How the Great Regression began // Leisure for the sake of capitalism // Inequality Paradigm // Evictions never end // Precarity and fast food // State-regulated prostitution

> Wolfgang Streeck: “Neoliberalism arrived with globalization or else globalization arrived with neoliberalism; that is how the Great Regression began… Whoever puts a society under economic or moral pressure to the point of dissolution reaps resistance from its traditionalists.” > The rhetoric … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Jens Beckert // Humanities and finance // Globalization as an idea // Black Neoliberalism // Bridging Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology

> Congratulations to Jens Beckert on being awarded Germany’s highest scientific award Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (€2.5 million in research funds) for his work in reinvigorating the social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in the intersection of sociology and economics. … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Dynamic workplace suppresses // Economics is a religion // Conference as a neoliberal commodity // Networks conceal power // Business schools spur immorality

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > Life at the Nowhere Office: The “dynamic” workplace has arisen at a time when professional work has become increasingly insecure — by Miya Tokumitsu and Joeri Mol  > Economics is a religion: … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Sharing, not “Sharing Economy” // Zelizer on Money // Social movements create unionization // Schumpeter’s “Economics of Socialism” syllabus // Deaths of Despair rise

This time, especially worth reading  – and sharing – articles: > Sharing, not “Sharing Economy”: For most of human history, there was no such thing as private property > “Money is not a social engine, but rather a malleable social product“, … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Economics is the biggest problem // Gramsci’s hegemony and the Left // Neoliberalism and Higher Education // Incarceration and children’s achievement gap // Trading votes

> Reducing our relations to calculations of cost and benefit, disciplined by competition and mediated by the manifold devices of economics, we run the risk of losing our humanity — by Philip Roscoe > Stuart Hall on Gramsci’s ‘hegemony’ and ‘regressive modernisation’ of … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Conspicuous consumption is over // Public Intellectuals vs. Thought Leaders // Killing neoliberalism // Frankfurt School // School vouchers’ effects

This time — especially worth reading (and sharing) articles: > Conspicuous Consumption is over; Cultural Capital replaced it as a signifier of socio-economic status — by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett > Public Intellectuals vs. “Thought Leaders”: the former challenge the oligarchy, the latter flatter … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: The Pro-market // From healthcare to a profit gear // Financialization against the Climate // History of constructing equality // Gentrification and neoliberalism

> How The Economist thinks: The journal always strives not to risk conclusions that may hurt the case for unregulated markets — by Nathan J. Robins > How during the 20th century health insurance initiatives shifted from protecting patients to an industry seeking profit … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Polanyi’s critique // Inequality and climate change // Ha-Joon Chang on economics // Conservative distrust in expertise // Infrastructuring stability

> Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation and its critique revive every time capitalism and mainstream economics fail. Steven Klein contends that Polanyi’s recent critique reveals the limits of current political and economic debates. > From the 1990s, elites aimed to get rid of the solidarity … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Judith Stein // Philanthrocapitalism // Economic Sociology vs. Behavioral Economics // Talks on capitalism and democracy in media // Black proletariat

> RIP Judith Stein: a lifelong maverick scholar studying and teaching class, labor, elites, and race in the US history — by Nelson Lichtenstein > Philanthrocapitalism: there is no such thing as a free gift. Linsey McGoey on reinforcing the existing power … Continue reading

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BITS & BRIEFS: Piketty and fellow economists // Why poverty clusters in city’s east // Tax Policy created the 1% // Civil rights and unionism // Consumption, debt, and personal well-being

>  Why Are Economists Giving Piketty the Cold Shoulder? Piketty questioned the very value of having a credentialed economics elite empowered to make policy in the name of the public interest but not answerable to public opinion — by Marshall Steinbaum > In … Continue reading

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