John Laurits https://www.johnlaurits.com Insurgent journalism. Poetry. Weaponized Mathematics. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:47:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i2.wp.com/www.johnlaurits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-jl-site-icon-vaporwave-colors.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 John Laurits https://www.johnlaurits.com 32 32 117611412 Under Fully-Automated Communism, Your Wage Is $90 Per Hour (Says Math) https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/under-fully-automated-communism-your-wage-is-90-per-hour/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/under-fully-automated-communism-your-wage-is-90-per-hour/#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2018 22:41:43 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9052 Under Fully-Automated Communism, Your Wage Is $90 Per Hour (Says Math)

Recently, a reader responded to two posts of mine — one that used macroeconomic data to show how much of the nation’s income ends up in workers’ pockets and another that looked into how long a US workweek might be if the US automated as many work-hours as existing technology allows —  and the response […]

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On the State Theory of Money, Social Power, & Taxes: Modern Money Systems 3 https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/on-the-state-theory-of-money-social-power-taxes-modern-money-systems-3/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/on-the-state-theory-of-money-social-power-taxes-modern-money-systems-3/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:00:26 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9799 On the State Theory of Money, Social Power, & Taxes: Modern Money Systems 3

The following is part-3 in an open series meant to introduce the basics of modern monetary theory (MMT) and to explore the potential for MMT’s radical model of macroeconomic reality to intersect with revolutionary theory and struggle. In Part-1, the basic principles and monetary mechanics of MMT were presented alongside an irresponsibly brief review of […]

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The Human Right to Revolt: When is it OK to Overthrow Your Government? 4th of July Edition, 2018 https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/4th-july-revolution-overthrow-government/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/4th-july-revolution-overthrow-government/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:00:15 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8102 The Human Right to Revolt: When is it OK to Overthrow Your Government? 4th of July Edition, 2018

On the 4th of July each year, the forcible removable of an illegitimate British regime is celebrated in the United States of America where it is generally agreed that this act of rebellion was justified and necessary. And the irony that such profound disobedience to the state’s authority is honored by reciting pledges to obey […]

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Media Hits North Korea w/ Flurry of Pro-War Articles All Citing Shady NBC Report https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nbc-report-propaganda/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nbc-report-propaganda/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2018 04:38:42 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=10034 Media Hits North Korea w/ Flurry of Pro-War Articles All Citing Shady NBC Report

Today is July 2nd 2018 and Googling “North Korea news” is likely to bring up a heap of news stories with titles like The Guardian’s North Korea still secretly enriching uranium, say US officials and Reuters’ US intelligence believes North Korea making more nuclear bomb fuel despite talks. Most who see these headlines are likely […]

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Brand Marketing a Political Party: Inside the Democrats’ Fake Opposition https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/brand-marketing-a-political-party-inside-the-democrats-fake-opposition/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/brand-marketing-a-political-party-inside-the-democrats-fake-opposition/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:46:48 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9775 Brand Marketing a Political Party: Inside the Democrats’ Fake Opposition

For the past 17 months or so, much of the US has been steeped in a continual ebb-and-flow of outrage over whatever mess was made most recently by Trump’s administration. This is partly because most US-Americans (like people anywhere else) are halfway-decent people who instinctively reject antisocial behaviors like tearing families apart and spiteful resorts to […]

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In Defense of Political Extremism: ‘Us Versus Them’ Versus Neoliberal Ideology https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/extremist-politics-neoliberalism-ideology-us-vs-them/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/extremist-politics-neoliberalism-ideology-us-vs-them/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 06:41:36 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9698 In Defense of Political Extremism: ‘Us Versus Them’ Versus Neoliberal Ideology

The label of ‘black and white’ is often applied to ways of thinking that are considered dismissive, narrow-minded, or simplistic. Informing someone that “the world isn’t split into black and white” is used as a gentle way of saying the person has failed to think outside of the box or is trapped in a false […]

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Voter Registration Is Voter Suppression: Low Turnout by Design in the USA https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/voter-registration-is-suppression/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/voter-registration-is-suppression/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 23:05:09 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8584 Voter Registration Is Voter Suppression: Low Turnout by Design in the USA

A look at the voter registration system in the United States; why the US has such low voter turnout; how opt-in, individual self-registration is equal to voter suppression; why automatic voter registration rules

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The Russia Narrative Is Nonsense: Anti-Social Media Censorship & McCarthyist Democrats https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/russian-troll-bot-media-propaganda/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/russian-troll-bot-media-propaganda/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:12:29 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9430 The Russia Narrative Is Nonsense: Anti-Social Media Censorship & McCarthyist Democrats

The article you are about to read is 100% pure Russian propaganda, written by some shill to deliberately mislead you with false information on what is obviously a fake news site. That, at least, is the story being used to foment mistrust of divergent views and discredit independent news-media, educators, and journalists. Thanks to the normalization of […]

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How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/cost-of-tomahawk-missiles-trump-strikes-damascus/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/cost-of-tomahawk-missiles-trump-strikes-damascus/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:30:03 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9541 How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack

Last Saturday, as most are surely aware, the prime ministers of France and the UK assisted failed meatpacking-entrepreneur Donald Trump in violating all the most important international laws by attacking Syria in Damascus and Homs. For whatever reason, the US-led coalition thought it was a good idea to get revenge against Syria for an alleged gas-attack […]

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North Korea in Context: Laurits on Radio Sputnik + Robust Opposition [Audio + Video] https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-media-analysis/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-media-analysis/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:36:05 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9447 North Korea in Context: Laurits on Radio Sputnik + Robust Opposition [Audio + Video]

For readers who missed my talk with Lauren Steiner on the history of the US-military presence in Korea on The Robust Opposition last month, I am posting the video below. After my recent post (North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But the Media Lies About Why) on US media’s blatant revision of the history behind North […]

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Marx + MMT: Socialism Through a Self-Managed Federal Job Guarantee (Modern Money Systems, Part 2) https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-marxism-modern-money-part-2/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-marxism-modern-money-part-2/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 06:32:48 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9047 Marx + MMT: Socialism Through a Self-Managed Federal Job Guarantee (Modern Money Systems, Part 2)

Is modern monetary theory (MMT) compatible w/ Marxism? Part 2 of Modern Money Systems looks at how the macroeconomic reality described by MMT fits into the framework of class struggle described by Karl Marx & compares the idea of a worker self-managed federal job guarantee to Marx's 'armies of labor'

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Literally No Evidence Russia Is Behind the Sergej Skripal Poisoning https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/sergei-skripal-poisoning/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/sergei-skripal-poisoning/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:11:03 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9293 Literally No Evidence Russia Is Behind the Sergej Skripal Poisoning

Note: To those arriving via the Weekly Standard’s so-called ‘fact-check,’ I challenge you to read the argument below because Holmes Lybrand misrepresents it in several ways and fails to draw the crucial distinction between evidence in general and evidence for a specific conclusion. The argument isn’t that evidence in general doesn’t exist (it does) but […]

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MMT, Social Class, & Marxism: John Laurits + Real Progressives’ Steven Grumbine [video] https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/marxist-mmt-modern-money-socialism/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/marxist-mmt-modern-money-socialism/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:38:23 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9114 MMT, Social Class, & Marxism: John Laurits + Real Progressives’ Steven Grumbine [video]

Earlier today, I had a great live talk with Steven Grumbine of Real Progressives about how the ideas of Karl Marx — and the tradition of Marxist theory that grew from those ideas — intersects with the insights of modern monetary theory (MMT). Steven graciously worked with me behind the scenes and put up with […]

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North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But US Media Lies About Why https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-trump-media-propaganda/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-trump-media-propaganda/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2018 05:44:55 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9086 North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But US Media Lies About Why

Did you hear the news? In what Mother Jones labeled a “stunning announcement,” South Korean officials stated that North Korea is willing to talk with the United States about ending its nuclear program, which CNN reported as a “remarkable development.” It almost seems — as both Fox News and the Atlantic speculate — as if Donald Trump’s […]

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The Middle Class Myth: How Social Class Actually Works, Explained Simply https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/middle-class-myth-social-classes-explained/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/middle-class-myth-social-classes-explained/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:01:46 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9049 The Middle Class Myth: How Social Class Actually Works, Explained Simply

Alongside the classic jingles and fuzzwords like “freedom” and “hardworking Americans,” US politicians love the term “middle class,” which is smart politics in a nation where about 60% believes they are middle class. The middle of a group, however, is defined (in statistics, at least) as a section with equal numbers on both sides and […]

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Modern Money Systems: Understanding the Monetary Mechanics of Value https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-modern-money-system-explained/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-modern-money-system-explained/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:35:39 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8945 Modern Money Systems: Understanding the Monetary Mechanics of Value

Introduction to modern monetary theory (MMT); history of value, money, coins; the state theory of money; how modern money - that is, fiat currency issued at a flexible exchange-rate - works; why the debt doesn't matter and why deficit spending is good; how inflation works vs 'devaluation' & debasement

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Jesus Was a Proto-Communist Jewish Hobo Who Criticized the Rich https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/jesus-was-a-jewish-proto-communist/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/jesus-was-a-jewish-proto-communist/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:17:17 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8941 Jesus Was a Proto-Communist Jewish Hobo Who Criticized the Rich

The fact that white evangelical and born-again Christians act as one of the cornerstones for failed beverage-retailer Donald Trump’s base of supporters is unsurprising and, at the same time, cartoonishly odd. It is unsurprising because the right half of the neoliberal-capitalist binary cycle is often branded as a revival of allegedly traditional Christian values, while the “left” half […]

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Capitalism Is Defined by Concepts of Property, Not the Free Market https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/capitalism-free-market-private-ownership/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/capitalism-free-market-private-ownership/#comments Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:53:37 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8920 Capitalism Is Defined by Concepts of Property, Not the Free Market

Many people use the word capitalism to describe economic systems based on competition in a more-or-less “free” market and the word capitalist is often used by free-market enthusiasts to label their beliefs — but all these uses are wrong. Markets are often highlighted by capitalist systems but the market does not define them as capitalist and […]

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The State vs. Government: Opposing Concepts of Authority https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/difference-government-state-authority/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/difference-government-state-authority/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:36:15 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8847 The State vs. Government: Opposing Concepts of Authority

Much of the US political debate seems to ultimately break down into a meta-debate between what people call “big” vs. “small” government — but how can such a big pile of ideas fit in a word as small as government? The answer is — it can’t. In fact, it is completely nuts to expect one […]

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Alienation 2.0: Commodification of the Soul In Late-Stage Capitalism https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/alienation-labor-soul-commodification/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/alienation-labor-soul-commodification/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 12:44:36 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8782 Alienation 2.0: Commodification of the Soul In Late-Stage Capitalism

Alienation. Noun, the state of being an outsider — a feeling of separation. The sensation that a familiar person, place, or thing has become unfamiliar, strange, or distant — like passing through a neighborhood where you used to live. Or maybe it’s you who are the stranger now — like walking by somebody you used […]

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All Cops Are Bad: How Modern Policing Negates Moral Responsibility https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/all-cops-are-bad-how-modern-policing-negates-moral-responsibility/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/all-cops-are-bad-how-modern-policing-negates-moral-responsibility/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:32:28 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8780 All Cops Are Bad: How Modern Policing Negates Moral Responsibility

Anyone following the news is probably aware that body-cam footage of Daniel Shaver’s murder was released earlier in December right after the officer who murdered him walked away with no conviction. A day after the video’s release, Oklahoma prosecutors chose not to file any charges after a deaf man walking with his cane was killed […]

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