We read a lot. I sometimes update them. This is a short collection of quotes that I've flagged while reading that I find interesting, salient, or particularly meaningful.
Dan Usher on Imperialism
Excerpts Tags: [imperialism], [investment]
Dan Usher on writing on the role of investment and the security of investment.
"As has often been mentioned, it is when there are large foreign investments that imperialism becomes really profitable.18 Often the geography of the colony, its agricultural or mineral resources, can be the source...
Nanjala Nyabola on Digital Landlords
Excerpts Tags: [digital landlords], [digital inequality]
Nanjala Nyabola challenges the idea that digital technologies, and social media platforms, enhance democracy by describing influence on social media platforms can be bought or sold. In this scenario, she convincingly argues, is more akin to feudalism than democracy.
"Bot farms can only exist and...
Karl Marx on Nature and Trains
Excerpts Tags: [labor], [nature]
Karl Marx on what can be considered nature and the labor associated with transforming nature.
"Nature builds no machines, no locomotives, railways, electric telegraphs, self-acting mules etc. These are products of human industry; natural material transformed into organs of the human will over na...
Wolfgang Haug on Immaterial Language
Excerpts Tags: [immaterial, labor]
Wolfgang Haug on the use of the word 'immaterial.'
"In this sense, one might characterise the practice of the ‘immaterialists’, who have fashioned an essential element of their symbolic capital out of the talk of ‘immaterial labour’, as itself ‘immaterial’. The ‘intellectualisation’ of growing...
David Noble on Apple
Excerpts Tags: [apple]
David Noble describing the cult of technology.
"A thousand years in the making, the religion of technology has become the common faith, shared alike by the designers and by those caught up, undone, or destroyed by their godly designs. The popular expectation of deliverance through technology, wh...