Fork the Economy

I’ve given up on fixing the economy. The economy is not broken. It’s simply unjust. There’s a difference. We have to stop looking at our economy as a broken system, but one that is working absolutely true to its original design. It’s time to be progressive — and this means initiating systemic changes. For example, […]   read more »

Rebooting Work

Digital and robotic technologies offer us both a bounty of productivity as well as welcome relief from myriad repeatable tasks. Unfortunately, as our economy is currently configured, both of these seeming miracles are also big problems. How do we maintain market prices in a world with surplus productivity? And, even more to the point, how […]   read more »

Terrorism as Virus

I wrote this back in 2009, based on some work I did on the notion of cultural “contagion” in 1994. It’s actually a rewrite of something I wrote right after 9-11. I was trying to get someone (anyone) in the State Department to accept the emergence of new non-linear forms of communication, and come to […]   read more »

Donald Trump: The Ultimate Digi-genic Candidate

Earlier this month, Donald Trump spewed a string of enraged non sequiturs for two hours straight on a stage in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He suggested castration or the death penalty as the only appropriate remedy for the self-admittedly “pathological” Ben Carson. He claimed the US plans to accept 250,000 Syrian refugees even though the Obama […]   read more »

Cooperativism to Come – First talk about my upcoming book

I just attended a terrific conference on Platform Cooperativism, hosted by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. It was a great gathering of hundreds of activists, alternative economy folks, thinkers, and doers. I was quite humbled to be asked to deliver the closing keynote, which was essentially a first effort at expressing the gist of my […]   read more »

Russia, the Internet and a New Way to Wage War?

(CNN) — According to a report in The New York Times this week, the presence of Russian spy ships near important trans-Atlantic data cables is causing consternation among American military and intelligence officials. What, if anything, are the Russians planning to do? Are they trying to see how easily they could cut the cables if […]   read more »

Why Uber’s Bid For Platform Monopoly is Dangerous

This is a response to Susan Crawford’s recent piece “Getting Over Uber.” My problem with Uber all along has been that it’s optimized for a really specific utility, but at the expense of others. It’s a bit like online universities, which offer courses isolated from the fabric of education or a learning community. That’s the […]   read more »

No, You Can’t Have it All

(CNN) — Technology has always been about choice: Fire allowed us to choose to live in colder climates. Electric lighting offered us the choice to read at night. Drugs give us the freedom to choose stressful, self-destructive lifestyles. And digital technology gives us the ability to do more than one thing at the same time […]   read more »

Throwing Rocks: The first interview

I will be launching my next book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, at South-by-Southwest next March. Here’s the first interview I’ve done about it, with Hugh Forrest of the Interactive festival.  SXSW: Tell us more about what your new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.Rushkoff: [The book is] about […]   read more »