"'Luddite' has become a catchall dirty word for anything that stands in tech's way."


October 24, 2013
NEWS FROM THE BAFFLER
Dear Sorensen,
A NOD TO NED LUDD

Illustration by Brian Stauffer.
 
RICHARD BYRNE reclaims "Luddism."
 
There's something revealing in the compulsion among the front rank of our digital apologists to cast the Luddite spirit widely enough to encompass and demonize anyone who stands in the way of the market's mad, disorganized, and often punitive rush to fulfill its destiny. READ MORE.
SARTRE FOR SARTRE'S SAKE
 
 SETH COLTER WALLS reviews the New York Review Books' recent collection of Sartre essays.
 
Nearly seventy years later, the profit margins among American physicians, insurers, and pharmaceuticals show that they weathered the threatened socialist takeover of their industry pretty well. Sartre predicted as much at the beginning of his next paragraph: "What to answer him? That health care that is in the service of the big capitalists is not exactly socialized medicine? What would have been the use?" READ MORE.

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