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Weekly Roundup: January 26, 2021


At the Blog

We published the first part of our symposium on Hanoch Dagan’s forthcoming A Liberal Theory of Property.

Jed Britton-Purdy and David Grewal kicked things off with an analysis of the relationship of private property to economies of scale, putting Dagan in conversation with classical liberal political economists the Marxian critique thereof.

Then Nestor Davidson argued that Dagan’s framework comes valiantly close to bringing together the unity and pluralism, but ultimately fails because property is radically plural.

Katharina Pistor wondered if Dagan’s vision of what property could be can be squared with the way capitalists use property to construct their domination over others.

And Rashmi Dyal-Chand argued that orienting the value of property around autonomy–even a form of autonomy grounded in equality–fails to account for the value of collective restraint in the face of ecological catastrophe and racial domination.

Stay tuned for more of this series next week, including Dagan’s responses!

At the Project

The big news this week is that we have finally announced the revised version of the “Democracy Beyond Neoliberalism” conference that was to take place last spring. It will feature a mix of live events, recorded videos, and blogged symposia. Check out the announcement page to see the schedule and to sign up for updates.

Elsewhere on the Internet

Dave Hoffman at Penn posted this series of resources for critical perspectives on contract law.

The People’s Parity Project is hiring!

Data & Society is taking submissions for their conference on “The Hustle Economy”.

At the Boston Review, Quinn Slobodian and Will Callison introduce the concept of “diagonalism” to help make sense of the worldwide uprisings by conspiracy theorists and how they tilt toward the far right.

At Slate, Keshav Poddar proposes a creative way to make it more difficult for the Supreme Court to overturn populist policies: by writing in a provision that sets up alternative and clearly Constitutional means of accomplishing similar goals if the main law is struck down.