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What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi

SAMANTHA ROSE HILL

Sentiment is dangerous in politics, but solidarity and critical thinking are essential.

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From the politics of division to the politics of humanity

WILLY MUTUNGA
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We must not give up on revolutionary optimism. It may get us some important concessions from neo-liberalism—and possibly much, much more.

Preparing for the long haul under the Trump administration

FRIDA BERRIGAN
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There are hundreds of ways to stay upright and human in trying times—here’s a selection.

What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi

SAMANTHA ROSE HILL

Sentiment is dangerous in politics, but solidarity and critical thinking are essential.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

From the politics of division to the politics of humanity

WILLY MUTUNGA
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

We must not give up on revolutionary optimism. It may get us some important concessions from neo-liberalism—and possibly much, much more.

Preparing for the long haul under the Trump administration

FRIDA BERRIGAN
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

There are hundreds of ways to stay upright and human in trying times—here’s a selection.

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Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?

Preparing for the long haul under the Trump administration

There are hundreds of ways to stay upright and human in trying times—here’s a selection.

What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi

Sentiment is dangerous in politics, but solidarity and critical thinking are essential.

For automation to benefit society it must serve human beings—not replace them

Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love and human purpose.

We’ve been down this road before

A powerful new video shows how immigrants have been scapegoated throughout US history (4 minutes). 

From the politics of division to the politics of humanity

We must not give up on revolutionary optimism. It may get us some important concessions from neo-liberalism—and possibly much, much more.

Escaping from the echo-chambers of politics

How can people who spend their lives discussing politics sometimes be so out of touch? Español

Six reasons why the Left should keep on infighting

Having lots of people with lots of voices isn’t a weakness—it’s a strength.

Demons and angels: strongman leaders and social violence

Politicians who live in an angry narcissistic fog pose a threat to democracy and peace.

Scorn wars: rural white people and us

What could end the cycle of mutual ignorance, resentment, and anger in politics? 

The book of fragments

As shown by Christianity itself, America is not united by any one faith. 

Uncertain comma Texas

A new film describes a world whose inhabitants have been broken, but offers the hope that all can be repaired.

Why black bloc tactics won’t build a successful movement

Nonviolence can be just as powerful and militant as violence, and it works.

We aren’t so different—three steps to overcome hate and fear

Avoiding Trump supporters only increases our already dangerous polarization. Here’s how to really listen and find compassion.

Love in action: the life, work and death of Sister Maura Clarke

Celebrating a stellar example of how to say no to the warmongers and yes to life itself.

Profits first, love later: why western love stories need subverting

What alternative possibilities are opened up when dominant representations of love are questioned?

The new infantocracy in politics

Like an aged babysitter who has forgotten herself for a moment and decided to join the kids, Theresa May now identifies Donald Trump as her closest ally.

How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative

The language of violence pervades our discourse, even when we’re not talking about war.

Why play? This is serious.

Play isn’t the opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.

Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

Trying to save the world should be fun

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

How we talk about race and safety can really make a difference

Speaking with both honesty and care can transform a conflict in unexpected ways.

Cold war, hot love

The collapse of the Soviet Union ushered in a revolution of the intimate. To open our series on Romantic regimes, we discuss the trajectories of emotional socialism and emotional capitalism in the post-Soviet context. Русский

America is not the Promised Land

Wrapping Jesus in the Stars and Stripes so that we can wage wars, claim exceptionalism, and justify the expansion of US business interests is not Christianity.

‘Arrival’ and the possibility of conversation

The gift is their language itself, and the new perception of reality it unlocks.

How Somali Muslims are raising a 10,000-person anti-hate army

The refugee community in Minnesota is a big target for bigotry, but they have a plan.

Can we handle the truth?

The critical need for genuine fact cannot be overstated.

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza. 

Civic beauty without permission

Why tile a bridge across one of the busiest streets in a city without a permit and with almost no financial support?

Why mindfulness matters now

I didn’t learn how to cross lines of difference when I was younger. Maybe you didn’t either, but we can all learn it now.  

Who wants to live in a frictionless world?

Unless life is uncomfortable, there’s no room for transformation.

What’s so feminist about yoga?

Despite the influence of capitalism on its practice, yoga can strengthen resistance and movement-building.

Empathy and vulnerability in the digital age

The cyber-world collapses the distance between the spectator and the scene of brutality, but does this encourage voyeurism or solidarity?

The growing political impotence of images

Are photographs of war and atrocity losing the power to move us?

Six principles for resisting the presidency of Donald Trump

Nonviolent action works best when you stay nonviolent and study the terrain on which you’re fighting.

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