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Chinese Migrant Workers’ Displacement and the New Stage of Development

When a few weeks ago, fire broke out in a two-story building in Beijing, 19 people died, most of them migrant workers from the countryside (Linder 2017). Migrant workers could only afford to live in certain neighborhoods in Beijing, and … Continue reading

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The National Oligarchy Prevails… For Now

Introduction When David Koch ran on the ticket of the Libertarian Party as vice presidential candidate in the 1980 US presidential elections, he barely got 1% of the vote. Their platform was to drastically shrink the size of the state … Continue reading

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The Logic of Automation

We hear with great trepidation about Frey and Osborne’s (2013) study, which claims that 47% of jobs in the United States are going to be replaced by the rise of robots. But the really interesting question is not how many … Continue reading

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Can Workers Resist Automation?

There has been a long history of workers, who have resisted the oncoming wave of automation. For supporters of capital, these workers are throwing sand into the wheels of progress, and how dare these workers speak up? They are labeled … Continue reading

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A Right-Wing Majority in Austria

The difference between 2000 and 2017 in Austria is that this time around right-wing populism has been normalized. Back in 2000, the second and the third largest party, OVP and FPO negotiated a coalition government, in which the third-ranked OVP … Continue reading

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Microsociology: Gaze of Female Leaders

It is well-known that women tend to be better communicators than men, that women are more interested in keeping good relationships with the people around them. One way to establish such close rapport is through the gaze with the eyes. … Continue reading

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The Defeat of the Governing Parties in Germany

For many months German and international media have insisted that Merkel would be the pillar of strength, which will halt the rise of right-wing populism. The narrative of the cosmopolitan elite was that Brexit, Trump and Syriza are crazy aberrations … Continue reading

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