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(part two) Blog posts are, by definition, “hot takes”. But even as I finished part one I realized that I had not treated Libraries as Dual Power with anything like the depth it required. In this part, I want to dig a little deeper into some of the assumptions of...

(part one) When I was in library school, our collection development class rehashed the Berninghausen Debate (probably for the millionth time - sorry, Dr Howard). Essentially, the debate boils down to the social role of libraries, often framed as a debate over the “neutrality” of libraries. In terms of collection...

I’ve been thinking quite a lot lately about the presumed values of our presumed profession. “Presumed” in this case both in the sense that we presume we agree on meanings (of the words we use to describe our values, for example) and in the sense that a profession of librarianship...

What follows are a few thoughts about precarious labour and Marx’ Capital. They should not be considered exhaustive. I have also simplified Marx’s argument to a large extent. In reading Michael Heinrich’s masterful 2012 Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital, I was struck by his remark that,...

Note: these thoughts are, necessarily, incomplete - they do not, for example, discuss the oppression of women - but I hope they add constructively to the discussion of a difficult, complex, and emotional issue. They are likely inadequate, and in some cases maybe wrong, but they are set down in...