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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about alternatives to exchange economies, prompted by David Graeber’s analysis of the mythical origins of exchange and money in his book on debt. One thing that Graeber discusses is that, contra the bourgeois economists and contemporary hegemonic thinking on the subject, members of ancient...

NOTE: This post contains some details about a recent episode of The Good Place that could be construed as a spoiler. In season three, episode four of The Good Place, Simone tries to help Eleanor understand what’s wrong with her by explaining that she never really got past the “me...

The other day the results of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy funding competition were announced, and it got me thinking about the place of grant-funding in librarianship and in academia more broadly. When I was applying for a PhD at University of Alberta last year, it was presumed that I...

As part of my PhD research, I’m investigating what’s become known as ‘Autonomist Marxism’, a Marxist tendency that grew out of workers’ struggles and theoretical positions outside the Communist Party in Italy in the 1960s. In its early days, this tendency was known as operaismo (usually translated as “workerism”), and...

This morning I went to the Edmonton Public Library’s Leader-in-Residence panel on Intellectual Freedom. Toni Samek, Jim Turk, and Gail DeVos were the panelists and it was moderated by Alvin Schrader. I didn’t know Gail DeVos, but Toni, Jim, and Alvin have all been active participants in the intellectual freedom...