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As part of my PhD research into the philosophical assumptions in LIS, especially around intellectual freedom, I’ve come to realize that what I initially thought was a left-wing insight - that liberalism is the hegemonic ideology of capitalism - is in fact not denied by many mainstream political theorists. In...

I just read Emily Drabinski’s incisive review of Bundy and Wasserstein’s “Professionalism Reconsidered”, a really useful re-evaluation of the understanding of librarians as professionals (has anything really changed?). Drabinski’s conclusion, that transformation of the underlying social forces and relationships is necessary, is spot on, especially in the context of attacks...

Is it possible for academics to strike? The expansion of factory logic and factory relations outside of the factory itself, the process Marx called the subsumption of labour under capital, brought labour that had previously been outside the exploitation/production dynamic (i.e. contributing to the production of surplus value) fully into...

NOTE: I’ve written previously about algorithmic bias from a Marxist perspective here What does “algorithmic bias” mean at the level of computer science classes or writing code? When I took computer science classes, the basic tendency of what was taught was that procedures are the encoding of algorithms. Admittedly that...

One of the questions that has occurred to me since the beginning of the pandemic is why governments seemed reluctant to actually mandate anything. By their nature, governments are not libertarian - despite the “small government” protestations of conservatives and populists - and they clearly relish the deployment of state...