On Wednesday July 14, Jackson Palmerm, who is one of the creators of Dogecoin, made a Twitter thread explaining his reasoning behind why he would not return to cryptocurrency and why he thinks it is “inherently right-wing.”

Read his thoughts below.

I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency” or begin regularly sharing my thoughts on the topic again. My answer is a wholehearted “no”, but to avoid repeating myself I figure it might be worthwhile briefly explaining why here…

After years of studying it, I believe that cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology built primarily to amplify the wealth of its proponents through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight and artificially enforced scarcity.

Despite claims of “decentralization”, the cryptocurrency industry is controlled by a powerful cartel of wealthy figures who, with time, have evolved to incorporate many of the same institutions tied to the existing centralized financial system they supposedly set out to replace.

The cryptocurrency industry leverages a network of shady business connections, bought influencers and pay-for-play media outlets to perpetuate a cult-like “get rich quick” funnel designed to extract new money from the financially desperate and naive.

Financial exploitation undoubtedly existed before cryptocurrency, but cryptocurrency is almost purpose built to make the funnel of profiteering more efficient for those at the top and less safeguarded for the vulnerable.

Cryptocurrency is like taking the worst parts of today’s capitalist system (eg. corruption, fraud, inequality) and using software to technically limit the use of interventions (eg. audits, regulation, taxation) which serve as protections or safety nets for the average person.

Lose your savings account password? Your fault. Fall victim to a scam? Your fault. Billionaires manipulating markets? They’re geniuses. This is the type of dangerous “free for all” capitalism cryptocurrency was unfortunately architected to facilitate since its inception.

But these days even the most modest critique of cryptocurrency will draw smears from the powerful figures in control of the industry and the ire of retail investors who they’ve sold the false promise of one day being a fellow billionaire. Good-faith debate is near impossible.

For these reasons, I simply no longer go out of my way to engage in public discussion regarding cryptocurrency. It doesn’t align with my politics or belief system, and I don’t have the energy to try and discuss that with those unwilling to engage in a grounded conversation.

I applaud those with the energy to continue asking the hard questions and applying the lens of rigorous skepticism all technology should be subject to. New technology can make the world a better place, but not when decoupled from its inherent politics or societal consequences.


“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you where you come from,” said Romuald Hazoumè, a visual artist from Benin in the new Netflix series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

High on the Hog follows host Stephen Satterfield, a chef, sommelier and food writer, as he traverses the African diaspora to trace the historical origins of African-American cuisine. The first of the four episodes is the most emotional. Satterfield starts in Benin where he visits one of the largest open air markets in West Africa. Along with culinary scholar Dr. Jessica B. Harris (whose…


There has been an ongoing public discourse over things like cancel culture, political correctness, wokeness, critical race theory, etc. Both sides of the political spectrum see the other as using bad faith attacks to control the bounds of rational debate and push the other out of the public square.

Many of these discourses (at least to the extent that they originate from the Right) connect back to the idea that the major-fact finding institutions—academia and the free press—are “liberal,” or at least biased towards worldviews ranging from left-of-center to progressive. …


Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I had very little exposure to Jewish people and even less exposure to Muslims.

There was one Jewish kid in our grade school that I know of and my superficial knowledge of Muslims was limited to the Nation of Islam—men in suits selling The Final Call newspaper or bean pies on 87th and Dan Ryan; or the “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on my father’s bookshelf. Growing up in the church, Islam went virtually undiscussed outside of a few conversations about how the religion was “false.” …


Note: the scope of this essay will be about the series (Episodes 1 through 26) and The End of Evangelion film, both media texts as seen on Netflix (both dubs). Won’t be discussing or referencing the other films, manga, fanfic, or other Neon Genesis Evangelion lore, or other versions of the series or film. This essay deals with depictions of violence and sex, including one non-consensual sexual act depicted in the film The End of Evangelion. Please observe discretion before you read it yourself or share with others. Also wanted to note that this is my critical interpretation of the…


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At the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic, writer Arundhati Roy wrote a brilliant piece in the Financial Times titled “The pandemic is a portal.”

With her usual grace, biting wit and masterful command of language, Roy covers a range of topics: the meaningful social interactions we took for granted pre-pandemic, the ways COVID-19 both caused and exposed economic inequalities, the absurdities of Narendi Modi and other world leaders scrambling to deny the impact of the virus, and the solidarity that could come from the shared disruption to our lives.

At the end of the piece, Roy gives her central…


In 2016, I traveled solo to Rio de Janeiro and then Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.

I wanted to trip to be half-reporting, half-vacation, but when my story pitches fell through, the whole week to left to explore. My Portuguese was pretty elementary, but I felt at least confident enough to speak simple phrases and ask short questions.

Rio was a lot like how I imagined it would be—humid, greenery spotting tightly-packed streets and buildings. The people were beautiful, expressing the colorful mosaic of humanity. …


Right now I’m reading “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee. It’s a great book and McGhee gives clear but engaging examples of how racialized zero sum thinking has manifested itself throughout American history.

There’s a huge elephant in the room when talking about race or racism in America. We avoid it, but regardless of race, class, gender, political ideology, religion, citizenship status, etc., millions and millions of Americans believe in one incredibly powerful logical fallacy: that minority progress, particularly the progress of black people, is, by definition, achieved by taking things from white people.

We compartmentalize it differently, we…


Well-meaning folks who assert that we shouldn’t do “oppression olympics” often say this as a call for solidarity. The logic is that comparison can breed contempt, as folks can end up feeling that their own hardships have been erased, their own concerns minimized. Mutual recognition is the goal, so we shouldn’t place a hierarchy on experiences with oppression.

But this assertion has two effects (aside from its intent): it diminishes the extent to which certain forms of oppression (for example, anti-blackness) are unique in degree and in kind within the American context, and promotes the idea that visibility will lead…


The new Pokémon Snap game on Nintendo Switch hits stores on April 30.

The remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 game is getting released at an opportune time too. As it would happen in the U.S., Snap is set to be released just a couple weeks after President Biden’s target date for all adults to be vaccine-eligible. Though we aren’t out of the woods yet, the new Snap could be the perfect “post-pandemic” game. I surmise that it will provide folks with escape during our rough times, similar to the way Animal Crossing did at the onset of the pandemic.

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a staff writer at Colorlines.com from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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