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183. Cory Doctorow on Political Fallout of COVID-19, Possible Economic and Healthcare Changes, and Why It’s Time for a New Deal to Overcome Late-Stage Capitalism

Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (@doctorow) is the best selling science fiction author, blogger, and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing), a contributor to many magazines, websites, and newspapers and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also an MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. Several of his award-winning novels include:

Cory also co-founded the open-source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Possible geopolitical consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic
  • New ways to consider the role of economics and market forces post Corona
  • Why Cory thinks much of Europe will push further left after the world normalizes
  • The reason Cory isn’t worried about a post-COVID new Patriot Act
  • Why today feels a lot like post-WWII oligarchy capitalism
  • The five new horsemen of the battle for individual privacy
  • How to avoid self-destructive late-stage capitalism
  • Why Coronavirus death and fallout may swing the future of US politics
  • Why the US is WAY more socialized than citizens think
  • How we could fund a successful Green New Deal
  • What were the true impacts of Edward Snowden
  • Are we headed toward a constant location-based tracking and surveillance
  • What worries Cory most about today’s epidemic climate
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