In episode six of Faculty Spotlight, Mark and Lauren sit down with R.H. Lossin, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Warren Center of Studies in American History and a leading scholar of the theory and practice of sabotage. The three discuss: what led R.H. to the study of sabotage; why sabotage is more ordinary than you think; R.H.’s beef with the “universal library”—i.e., the total digitization of books; how readers have become producers; why Luddites have a bad rap; the meaning of “capitalist sabotage”; and the violent origins of all private property—among other scintillating subjects.
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R.H. Lossin, “Against the Universal Library,” New Left Review
R.H. Lossin, “What if environmental damage is a form of capitalist sabotage?” The Washington Post
R.H. Lossin, “On Sabotage,” Verso Books Blog
Andy Battle, R.H. Lossin, “Resisting Distance Learning,” Boston Review
Musical interlude: Unwound, “Kantina”