Last week, we brought you the most popular posts from 2017, 2018, and 2019. Today, we turn to the chart-toppers of 2020. Unsurprisingly, our readers were interested in thinking about the political economy of pandemics, the perils of remote work, and the racial politics of school reopening. Yet they also sought refuge in more familiar topics: tax havens, corporations, and mutant neoliberalism. Small comforts during hard times, we hope.
Tax Havens: Legal Recoding of Colonial Plunder – Vanessa Ogle
Vanessa Ogle locates a surprising connection between decolonization and the expansion of tax havens during the 1950s and 1960s.
9. K-Sue Park on How She Teaches Property – K-Sue Park
Emily Prifogle interviews K-Sue Park about how she incorporates the history of conquest and slavery into her 1L property course.
8. Nationalism and Neoliberal Governance – William Davies
As part of our symposium on Mutant Neoliberalism, William Davies discusses the mutation of “national competitiveness” into an illiberal doctrine.
7. Privatizing Sovereignty, Socializing Property: What Economics Doesn’t Teach You About the Corporation – David Ciepley
As part of our symposium on the Methods of Political Economy, David Ciepley considers the public-private nature of the corporation.
6. On Socialism and Critical Legal Theory – Karl Klare
Karl Klare explores the interface between anti-capitalist politics and anti-formalist legal theory.
5. Coronavirus and the Politics of Care – Amy Kapczynski
On the eve of a global pandemic, Amy Kapczynski warns that we need a state that can deliver essential care to all, or all of us will be more at risk.
The “New Normal” Privatization of the Workplace – Ivana Isailovi ć
Ivana Isailović argues that remote work risks intensifying the “economization” of our lives.
3. Not an “Achievement Gap”, A Racial Capitalist Chasm – Nataliya Braginsky
Nataliya Braginsky explains how the notion of an “achievement gap” allows white parents to clothe their priorities in the rhetoric of justice.
2. Banking Between the Lines –
As part of our symposium on Stephanie Kelton’s The Deficit Myth, Raúl Carrillo responds to the charge that MMT ignores private finance.
1. “Long Live Farmer-Laborer Unity”: Contextualizing the Massive Resistance Going on in India –
Veena Dubal, Navyug Gill
Veena Dubal interviews Navyug Gill about the farmers and laborers engaged in a massive protest in India.