Kulsoom Jafri contributed to this article.
Grace Blakeley has recently ignited a firestorm on Twitter over her pronouncement that:
Class is a social relationship rooted in production. Either you own resources critical for the production process, or you see your labour power to those who do. If the latter, you’re either a professional with some autonomy and some assets, or a worker with little of both.
It was arguably the next Tweet in the thread that inspired the most controversy:
Class has nothing to do with:
-where you live
-where you grew up
-what your parents do
-where you went to school
Richard Wolff has become something of a leading voice on the political left today — and for good reasons. Wolff, a retired professor, devoted much of his academic career to the study of Marxist economics. He has published several texts developing this heterodox approach, and explaining how it differs from the neoclassical and Keynesian traditions. His work is situated within a larger, collective effort emerging from the economics department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst — where he spent the bulk of his teaching years — to re-introduce Marxist thought to the field of economics. …
A conversation between economist Russ Roberts and political philosopher David Schmidtz on the EconTalk Podcast revealed an important dilemma surrounding redistribution that those who identify as ‘progressive’ or ‘left-wing’ ought to carefully consider. But before we can get to that specific dilemma, some introductory comments on the social philosophy of ‘classical liberalism’ are in order. I use the word ‘liberal’ in its traditional European meaning to signify support limited government and the primacy of the individual.
The frequency with which means-testing is upheld as the responsible and moral policy position by the mainstream press is a depressing affair. Perhaps no more significant example is found than in the recent flurry of editorials denouncing a bill passed by the House of Representatives to send $2,000 stimulus checks to an overwhelming percentage of Americans. Not only are these articles soured by a rather distasteful ‘let them eat cake’ veneer, they truck in a poor understanding of social policy fundamentals.
Recently, Twitter, the social media platform of choice for journalists and the media world, got itself into trouble over its actions toward a major publication. I want to describe what happened in detail and evaluate it from the perspective of two different philosophical visions.
On October 14, Twitter users who wanted to tweet the link to a breaking story from The New York Post about Hunter Biden were prevented from doing so. They received a message saying, “Your Tweet couldn’t be sent because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.” Some individuals were…
PhD Student in Social Policy at the University of Bath