We need something else that can speak to working-class people across race and region. The Democrats aren’t going to do it. We need to be out there trying to win people over, not to win the left over.
My aim in this post is to use Frase’s book as a cue to discuss some issues of interest to me, rather than reviewing or précising it as such – but I’d certainly recommend taking a look at it. Like many left-futurologists, Frase in my opinion gets a little too excited about the prospect of an automated and jobless future but at least the insights he generates from these new-old chestnuts are subtler than most.
There are three key elements to the dominant ideology of the contemporary United States—involving world affairs, economics, and ecology—which can be best understood as forms of fundamentalism.
The creation of what we now call capitalism, with its deification of private property and free…markets, has been a conscious project spanning a number of centuries.
Many ancient societies were ruled by claims of divine right; royal proclamations were not falsifiable…But we don’t have to look to the distant past to see what it looks like for dogma to trump reason.