2 years ago
845: Racketology Shows
- Legal scholar Christopher Sprigman explores the creative side of copyright violation.
- Journalist Matt Kennard reports back from a worldwide trip tracking the globe’s financial elite.
- Law professor Ian Haney López explains how mainstream racism turned the middle class against itself.
- Sociologist Nicole Aschoff dissects the myths about capitalism that the rich are selling the rest of us.
- Steve Horn wonders why so many public letters in support of the oil industry look exactly the same.
Christopher Sprigman: “We stayed out of the international copyright system because we had a specific view of how a limited copyright system would aid in our development. At some point, we chucked that. Why? Because we developed a huge, domestic innovation industry that became very politically powerful. “
Legal scholar Christopher Sprigman explores the upsides of copying – from increased innovation in technology and fashion, to kickstarting developing economies – and explains why America went from ignoring international copyrights to imposing them on the rest of the world.
Christopher is co-author (with Kal Raustiala) of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation.
Christopher Sprigman is a law professor at New York University Law School.
Matt Kennard: “Within the Financial Times, you have to believe in very rigid ideas about how the global economy works to be able to prosper and have a career there. If you don’t, you get ejected. This is how all power systems work – by replicating themselves, exactly as they are. They don’t work by promoting dissidents or people who think differently from everybody else.”
Journalist Matthew Kennard tells his story of abandoning a prestigious job at a consent factory and discovering capitalism’s silent rulers working beyond democratic restraints, then surveys the vast apparatus dedicated to consolidating money and power in the hands of the global elite.
Matthew wrote the stunning new book The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs the Masters of the Universe.
Matt Kennard is an investigative journalist and a fellow at the London-based Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Nicole Aschoff: “The reason why I talk about people like Sandberg and Winfrey and Gates is not because I’m trying to demonize them. They are doing things, but they are doing things in a way that makes it difficult for other people to organize and to offer alternative strategies and alternative political visions.”
Sociologist Nicole Aschoff dissects the ruling class’s dominant narratives about capitalism – from the market-based philanthropy of the Gates Foundation, to Sheryl Sandberg’s corporatized feminism – and warns that their attempts to soften the harsh edges of capitalism only strengthens and prolongs it.
Nicole’s new book is the highly recommended The New Prophets of Capital.
Nicole Aschoff is a sociologist, writer and editor at Jacobin.
Ian Haney López: “Clinton adopts the Republican themes, and since then, it’s largely been the case that Republicans and Democrats have been competing with each other to convey to white voters that they’re really on the side of whites, that they’re really hostile to the interests of minorities. Both parties have been doing this through coded racial appeals.”
Law professor Ian Haney López explores the history of racism in the modern political process, from Nixon’s Southern Strategy to the cynicism of Clinton’s welfare attacks, and explains why fear and racism succeed in getting Americans to vote against their own interests.
Ian is author of the book Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.
Ian is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley
Steve Horn: “While they look like they were written by your senator or representative on the state or federal level, in reality these letters were written by lobbyists who work for lobbying or PR firms.”
Journalist Steve Horn reports on a series of identical letters sent by government and industry officials supporting a coal-friendly policy, and explains why this copy-paste job mirrors a larger, incestuous relationship between the energy industry and politicians.
Steve just wrote the DeSmog Blog article “Carbon Copy”: How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups.
Steve Horn is an investigative journalist and research fellow at DeSmogBlog.