Merry Christmas from Maine

Well, the gentleman gave an excellent Christmas gift this year… even after I said I didn’t need anything. If money were no object… If money were no object, I’d put an end to class disparity. If money were no object, I’d topple corrupt financial systems for you. If money…

Many Thanksgivings

There are many ways to hold a Thanksgiving dinner. Often, we throw a party when good things happen. A father celebrates when his missing son comes home. A child is born, people marry, finish school, or get promoted. The harvest comes in, a trade deal is made, or fattened…

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

When Virginia Eubanks starts off Automating Inequality by describing 19th century poorhouses… I was surprised to find my own hometown included! With automated social welfare systems, she argues, we’ve created a ‘digital’ poorhouse that tracks and controls citizens, assessing their need and value before providing them with assistance. The book is…