ben tarnoff

I'm a tech worker, writer, and co-founder of Logic Magazine.
My email address is ben AT
My Twitter is @bentarnoff.
And I have a very irregular newsletter.
You can find a complete list of my pieces below. If you're looking for a place to start, I'd recommend "From Manchester to Barcelona." It's probably the most complete distillation of my thinking about technology so far.
Also, I have a book coming out in October 2020.
It's called Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What They Do—And How They Do It (Logic Books x FSG Originals), and it's a collection of conversations with different kinds of tech workers.
You can pre-order it from Bookshop or FSG.


  • Covid-19 and the Cloud, Progressive International Blueprint, May 21, 2020.
  • The Making of the Tech Worker Movement, Logic pamphlet, May 4, 2020.
  • These Are Conditions In Which Revolution Becomes Thinkable, Commune, April 7, 2020.
  • 2017

  • The new cold war: how our focus on Russia obscures social media's real threat, The Guardian, December 14, 2017.
  • Time to release the internet from the free market – and make it a basic right, The Guardian, November 29, 2017.
  • Empathy – the latest gadget Silicon Valley wants to sell you, The Guardian, October 25, 2017.
  • World Without Mind by Franklin Foer review – the turn against Big Tech, The Guardian, October 25, 2017.
  • Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages, The Guardian, September 21, 2017.
  • Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun, The Guardian, August 23, 2017.
  • Bill Gates Won’t Save Us, Jacobin, August 15, 2017.
  • Home Invasion, Logic, Summer 2017.
  • How social media saved socialism, The Guardian, July 21, 2017.
  • How privatization could spell the end of democracy, The Guardian, June 21, 2017.
  • The Dark Web's Dark Prince, a review of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton, The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2017.
  • America has become so anti-innovation – it's economic suicide, The Guardian, May 11, 2017.
  • Trump's Tech Opposition, with Matt Schaefer and Kristen Sheets, Jacobin, May 2, 2017.
  • The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work, The Guardian, April 24, 2017.
  • The Role of the Working Class, a response to Wolfgang Streeck, Inference, April 7, 2017.
  • Socialize the Internet, Jacobin, April 4, 2017.
  • Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer, The Guardian, March 2, 2017.
  • Trump needs tech to achieve his vision. But Silicon Valley isn't having it, The Guardian, January 24, 2017.
  • 2011-2014

  • Mark Twain, Writing Coach and Role Model, The Daily Beast, April 19, 2014.
  • #CancelColbert, Meet "The Heathen Chinee", Politico, April 8, 2014.
  • How Mark Twain Became Mark Twain, Salon, March 22, 2014.
  • "As for Me, I Sell Abuse", Lapham's Quarterly, Feb. 15, 2014.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West, Lapham's Quarterly, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Mark Twain's Eternal Chatter, The New Yorker, Nov. 13, 2013.
  • A Counterfeiting Conspiracy?, The New York Times, March 27, 2012.
  • The Worst Business in the World, Lapham's Quarterly, Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Magical Thinking, Lapham's Quarterly, Oct. 1, 2011.
  • The Man Who Financed the Civil War, The New York Times, July 16, 2011.
  • Money for Nothing, The New York Times, March 14, 2011.