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STAY CENTERED — OR ELSE

The new economy is characterized by instability and disruption; its ideal worker is calm in the midst of it all, productive and focused. The mindfulness training his company offers isn't so much a perk as it is the means of turning him into a new type of person.
ONLY THE RICH GET RAISES

These trends are dismal, and show no sign of abating. As the economy has slowly recovered from the Great Recession, wages have scarcely budged. Income gains since 2007 have flowed almost exclusively to the richest 1 percent.
IT'S THE ECONOMY, SORT OF

Climate change, a crippled welfare state, the 2008 financial crisis, skyrocketing income inequality, political disappointments reaching back decades, terrible superhero movies grossing billions of dollars, and Tinder — these are just a few of the sins attributed to neoliberalism. But what exactly is it?
CITIZEN GAIN

Until recently, becoming a citizen of a country has largely been regarded as priceless — a rare intangible privilege that can’t be bought or sold. This perception is starting to fade as the links between a country’s financial interests and its citizenship policies grow more pronounced.
WHEN EVERY POKE TURNS A PROFIT

This a cultural intervention — an attempt to unsettle what many of us have already come to accept as normal: the digitization of our subjectivities and relationships, and the slide into self-promotion as a means of existence. When we accepted these services in the breathless spirit of technological utopianism, did we really know what we were agreeing to?