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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice



Brexit, democracy and the sacred

There is no way back to anything resembling a united kingdom without some kind of sacrifice.

Technology with limits

How can we tame technology to do what we need and then let it go so that we can be more connected to each other in real life?

Connecting to nature is a matter of environmental justice

The climate crisis necessitates deep shifts in our thinking that go beyond the conventional remit of left-wing politics. 

Could we force politicians to tell the truth?

Politics is pre-truth not post-truth. Does the regulation of advertising provide some answers?

When crafts become activism

A new generation of craftivists are channeling homespun energy into social justice.

Are we prepared to pay the price for farmworker justice?

“We need an awakening of consciousness for everyone to understand how important we are as workers of the land.”

The unacknowledged fictions of Yuval Harari

Replacing one set of myths with another is no basis for confronting the earth’s existential problems. Español

An anarchist guide to Christmas

On the night before Christmas, we’ll all be about. While the people are sleeping, we’ll realise our clout. We’ll expropriate goods from the stores, ‘cos that’s fair. And distribute them widely, to those who need care.

Why Gandhi’s ideas continue to thrive, even in the post-truth era

Faced by a global dearth of alternative ideas, it’s no wonder we are turning again to the Mahatma for inspiration.

Mental health for all – a gift that will keep on giving

Mental health receives less than 11 per cent of health spending in the UK and one per cent in low-­income countries, yet it is central to national wellbeing. 

Meet the activist who brought Monopoly Man to life

Behind the fake mustache and provocative message is a dedicated activist for economic justice.

How to treat a stranger in need: a moral response to the migrant caravans

Throughout history, the story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution.

If you oppose Donald Trump, please don’t hate him

When we allow ourselves to fall victim to hatred, we are doing our opponents’ work for them.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?

The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

Freedom is claimed, not granted

Today’s actions by Central Americans and Palestinians show a historic convergence of resistance to borders. Español

Why co-ops and community farms can’t close the racial wealth gap

Circulating local dollars or pounds can’t create more wealth when there isn’t enough to begin with.

Finding purpose in the future of work

Supporting disadvantaged young people to find meaningful careers benefits both them and the rest of society.

Are you really on our side?

We are all interdependent, but a person’s economic situation determines whether dependency is seen as acceptable or not.

Lessons on building democracy after nonviolent revolutions

Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not?

Refugee-to-refugee humanitarianism

The realities of care-giving belie the assumption that male refugees, especially those from Muslim backgrounds, pose an inherent threat to Europe.

“We deserve the right to exist on our own terms”

Emotional labour plays a crucial role in society. It’s time it was recognized and supported.

Five ways new social movement leaders are effecting change

The Parkland students and others are reinventing models for people-powered activism that adapt to today’s rapid pace of change.

Adopting a child is a revolutionary act

Both policy reforms and face-to-face caring are fundamental components of a just society.

Donald Trump and the politics of emotion

Trump’s ability to create a shared mood among voters was honed in the world of professional wrestling.

It’s time to go on the offensive against racism

Nonviolent direct action campaigns that stay on the offensive can build vision-led movements that win.

Degrowth as a concrete utopia

Economic growth can’t reduce inequalities; it merely postpones confronting exploitation. Español

The art of dissonance: dissecting the language of Donald Trump

Modes of communication which allow for compromise are being deliberately delegitimised.

A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

Imagining the disappearance of species (however small they are) should spur us to fight for their survival.

The oppressiveness of creativity

Has capitalism co-opted our creative juices? A review of Oli Mould’s new book ‘Against Creativity.’

Can politics ever be compassionate?

To turn towards suffering and make that the centerpiece of your decisions takes guts and determination. Español

What the map of U.S. hate groups reveals

New research offers clues on how to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the U.S.

Helping people to find common ground on Brexit

Conversations across divides are very hard, but they’re essential to democracy.

We need an ecological civilization before it’s too late

Promises of green growth are magical thinking. We have to restructure the fundamentals of our cultural and economic systems.

What came before #MeToo? The ‘himpathy’ that shaped misogyny

Kate Manne’s “Down Girl” describes the origins of a punitive social system that keeps women in their place by rewarding compliance and punishing resistance.

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