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After 9/11, George W. Bush told Americans to go shopping for their country. Each year on Black Friday, consumerism reaches fever pitch. As holiday spending reaches record highs, we revisit the politics of shopping. Do we shop too much? Can consumerism ever be an ethical practice? And what about the conditions of workers in the Global South who make our latest technology and luxury goods?
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But I do miss the hymns, / the small, hard apples with their dimpled skin. I do miss / things.
The vast hinterlands of the Global South’s cities are generating new solidarities and ideas of what counts as a life worth living.
Protests in China are shining a light not only on the country’s draconian population management but restrictions on workers everywhere.