supply chain

The Big Sleep

For nine days this past December, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach lay sleeping. Fifteen container vessels sat anchored off the coast. We were told that "featherbedding" will not be tolerated and the management complains of operational "nightmares". The supply chain oneiric aspires toward an efficiency it can never obtain under capitalism, but it won't ever be able to believe this. Instead, it intends to produce/instrumentalize more docile and flexible humans—and fewer of them. Read more »

Empire Logistics

Empire Logistics is a collaborative initiative to research and articulate (through online mapping, video, text and other media) the impact and 'externalized costs'—human, economic, social and environmental— of the international goods movement industry. An initial area of focus has been “The Inland Empire,” an area of Southern California that was hit hardest by the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 and the ensuing depression. The Inland Empire continues to face some of the highest home foreclosure rates in the country, staggering unemployment far above the national average, a rise in homelessness, and a decline in the median wage. Read more »