Really, we don't understand why they'd have any trouble selling this stuff. / Michael Saechang
The Baffler,  January 28, 2016

Daily Bafflements

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• Former Labour Leader Ed Miliband weighs in on income inequality in the United Kingdom and the United States in the pages of the LRB, even giving a shout-out to the Fight for 15 movement. He considers, among others, Robert Putnam’s Our Kids, dissected recently for The Baffler by Kim Phillips-Fein. We think his advice for the future of Britain’s Labour party could be put to pretty good use in upcoming Democratic debates, too. Writes Miliband, “the deep injustices of modern capitalism compel us to find a better way of living together. The left should approach the coming years with a determination to renew itself but also with confidence in its values.”

• Oh Millennials! They won’t buy houses, they don’t have 401ks, and now, the bastards won’t even eat our fast food. Chains like KFC and Pizza Hut are rebranding to get into the wallets of young spenders, following platitudes that tell them to “offer novelty” and “communicate with a warm, personal tone.” Nouveau Pizza Hut will feature “industrial-style lighting [and] exposed rock walls,” just what twenty-somethings crave along with their mystery meat and trans fats.

• The Indian telecom authorities will rule this week on whether to put an end to Facebook’s controversial plan to offer free, but limited (and heavily branded), internet service in the country. Al Jazeera calls it “a decision that could have momentous implications for the private sector’s role in expanding Internet access in the developing world.”

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