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[liberationtech] Update to: Roclin's Beware of Geeks Bearing Grifts

judie at acret.org judie at acret.org
Fri Sep 19 08:30:59 PDT 2014


Since I responded to Professor Roclin's blog post earlier, I came  
across this article when I was doing my morning news ritual:

Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem?
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/silicon-valleys-contract-worker-problem.html

It is even worse than I imagined. Until now -- I guess I am somewhat  
late to the game -- I had never heard of the "1099 economy."

Pretty fu*king scary. What are we doing to ourselves?

In addition, the other day, I came across a write up on Naomi Klein's  
new book, "This Changes Everything."

Naomi Klein on the Great Clash Between Capitalism and the Climate
http://www.alternet.org/books/naomi-klein-great-clash-between-capitalism-and-climate

Can't wait to get my hands on it and I trust it will be as revealing  
as "The Shock Doctrine" was.

Maybe at some point, we will get some influencers, besides the folks  
on this list,  who are in positions of power that will start  
advocating for new p2p business models that are less exploitive.

But first we have to take on Wall Street. And I quote:

"She sees her new book as the natural successor to  The Shock Doctrine  
as she deepens her critique and insists we need to fundamentally  
rethink our approach to climate. The inconvenient truth about global  
warming is that it isn't really about carbon, but rather capitalism.  
Our economic model is waging war on the earth, and unless capitalism  
is dramatically changed, we are doomed."

Hear, hear.

/j




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