CultureDesk , to Technology avatar

Does sci-fi shape the future? Tech billionaires from Bill Gates to Elon Musk have often talked about the impact of novels they read as teens, from Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" to Iain M. Banks' "Culture" series. Big Think's Namir Khaliq spoke to authors including Andy Weir, Lois McMaster Bujold and @pluralistic about how much impact they think science fiction has had, or can have.


NatureMC , avatar

@CultureDesk It's a very topical question regarding the sub-genres or , and . The latter experiments with positive changes.

But it becomes extremely creepy when you take a closer look at how mix sci-fi with radical right-wing eugenics ideas and knit an anti-democratic ideology out of it. Named , a sort of tech fascism: and here:

@pluralistic @bookstodon

rbreich , to Random avatar

The world's billionaires now hold a combined $14.2 trillion in assets.

That exceeds the GDP of every country in the world except the US and China.

And we’re supposed to believe the ultra-wealthy can’t afford a wealth tax?

PeachMcD , avatar


I want to normalize/popularize connecting with an image of a bloated

If can compare minority groups to , so can I

There's not really very many of those ticks, but they're sucking the blood out of our Body Politick
Out of our
Out of our
So many needed resources, hoarded for what?

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rbreich , to Random avatar

After Jan 6, GOP megadonor Nelson Peltz called it a “disgrace” and apologized for backing Trump.

But after breakfast with Trump this month, Peltz now says he'll "probably" vote for him.

Never underestimate how quickly billionaires will sell out our democracy for tax cuts.

jstatepost , avatar

🥥 We are conditioned to associate wealth with some combination of unusual skills possessed exclusively by the wealthy.
Based on a random sample of highly wealthy tech bros, Eye submit the hypothesis that these skills are in fact mainly sociopathy, greed, lack of empathy, and absence of scruples.
Convince me that Eye'm wrong. 🥥
, , , , , , , , , ,

rbreich , to Random avatar

Random reminder: You don't grow the economy through trickle down economics.

You grow the economy by investing in workers: their education, health care, child care, transportation, and job training.

Lats , avatar

@rbreich sounds radical. How does that transfer obscene amounts of wealth to ? Isn’t a large pool of semi- trained unemployed people essential?

Uair , to ActuallyAutistic group avatar

@actuallyautistic @resistance_news

Y'know, there's an easy way we can fight back against the enshittification of everything, both online and off. I never realized it, but i've been fighting back all my life.

Never click an ad and consciously avoid spending any money on a company that successfully managed to fling its advertizing feces in your face.

If ads didn't work, the entire capitalist structure of the internet would collapse. Do your part. Make them not work on you.

PatternChaser , avatar

@Uair @actuallyautistic @resistance_news

Yes, our entire world is directed toward promoting and , with the aim of obtaining, maximising, and retaining (mostly for and the ). It's that that is causing all of our problems, I think?


dangillmor , to Random avatar

to the surprise of absolutely no one who's been paying attention -- but nonetheless good to know that the data prove it -- the hedge fund and private equity looters are much worse for local news coverage than "regular" capitalists.

hanscees , avatar

@dangillmor In a panel of 1,610 unique newspapers, we show that private equity acquisitions—which have increased over time and affect 262 newspapers in our data—lead to declines in local election participation.

appassionato , to bookstodon group avatar

Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places—alternate realities being constructed as “utopias” in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments—in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea—are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares.


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  • appassionato , to bookstodon group avatar

    Controligarchs: Exposing the Billionaire Class, their Secret Deals, and the Globalist Plot to Dominate Your Life by Seamus Bruner

    In this book, investigative journalist Seamus Bruner—who led the teams whose findings sparked multiple FBI investigations and congressional probes into the Clintons and the Bidens—exposes the billionaires who control the levers of power that dominate every aspect of your life.


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  • genxer , to Random avatar

    Is it just me or do just suck?

    This is the only feed I read (poetry there) from @pluralistic .

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