About Tom Watson

Tom Watson is a journalist, media critic, entrepreneur and consultant who has worked at the confluence of media technology and social change for more than a decade.

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  • Tom shared from Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann
    See, for instance, how New Economy laissez-faire ideologues like Virginia Postrel or Chris Anderson fare in the hypercapitalist but viciously authoritarian island paradise of Singapore. Or put Thomas Friedman to work in a Marianas textile factory for a couple of months and let him see how flat the market-mastered world looks to him then.
    Note: The world ain't flat.
  • Tom shared from Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann
    The notion of a self-regulated market, magically governed by the invisible hand of self-interest, dates back, of course, to Adam Smith’s famed eighteenth-century treatise, On the Wealth of Nations. Smith’s Scottish Enlightenment vision of economic enterprise as a mystical haven of uncoerced social relations has always been catnip to the ownership class in the resource-rich and labor-stunted New World. Smith’s thesis—a heady world-historical expansion of how he saw the division of labor unfold in a Scottish pin factory—seemed intuitively true in an early American Republic long on frontier...
    Note: Catnip to the ownership class since the days of the frontier.
  • Tom shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    They were the CEOs of the thirteen largest banking institutions in the United States. And they were nervous in ways that these men are never nervous. Many would have had to reach back to their college days, or even grade school, to remember a moment when they felt this sort of lump-in-the-throat tension.
    Note: Sadly, their nervousness would not last ... #occupywallstreet
  • Tom shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    “One of the challenges in our society is that the truth is kind of a disequalizer,” Summers said. “One of the reasons that inequality has probably gone up in our society is that people are being treated closer to the way that they’re supposed to be treated.” The hard, disequalizing truth of the past forty years, of course, was that those unfettered free markets had become increasingly borderless—a global regimen that had generally proven profitable for a minority of already advantaged Americans and, on balance, brutal for the majority of the U.S. workforce.
    Note: Larry Summers at his blowhardiest worst - disequalization indeed.
  • Tom shared from Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind
    In 1980 the richest 1 percent of Americans received about 9 percent of overall income, roughly the same level it had been since World War II. By 2007 it was 23 percent—an income disparity not seen in the United States since 1928, a time of Robber Baron wealth, stock manipulation schemes, and vast poverty, where more than half of America still lived on farms and survived, with little security, off the land.
    Note: This is what's killing America
  • Tom shared from Shedding Skin by Robert Ward
    “The whole freedom thing is a question that can’t be answered unless you are into the not-self, because freedom is not freedom to consume, but freedom from personality, and the not-self is all bound up with the dwarf self inside the leg o’ mutton goat blip of the future….
    Note: From Robert Ward's 1972 novel Shedding Skin a tale of Baltimore and San Francisco...
  • Tom shared from Assange Agonistes (Kindle Single) by Heather Brooke
    "The U.K. is the worst liberal democracy in the world," he announces. "It never went through a revolution so it’s still a feudal state. The laws were made for the benefit of the lords and aristocracy. Now they are for the benefit of the new lords, the political elite."
    Note: Assange - 'UK is worst liberal democracy in the world.'