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The imperatives of mutual recognition

ALICE THWAITE

Without respect, confidence and esteem on all sides, polarisation in politics will be permanent.

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Has America always been capitalist?

JAMES PARISOT
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History shows that capitalism isn’t natural or normal, strengthening the belief that we can create something better.

How can allies protect communities threatened with violence?

GEORGE LAKEY
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How to avoid the ‘white savior syndrome.’

The imperatives of mutual recognition

ALICE THWAITE

Without respect, confidence and esteem on all sides, polarisation in politics will be permanent.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Has America always been capitalist?

JAMES PARISOT
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

History shows that capitalism isn’t natural or normal, strengthening the belief that we can create something better.

How can allies protect communities threatened with violence?

GEORGE LAKEY
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How to avoid the ‘white savior syndrome.’



The imperatives of mutual recognition

Without respect, confidence and esteem on all sides, polarisation in politics will be permanent.

Has America always been capitalist?

History shows that capitalism isn’t natural or normal, strengthening the belief that we can create something better.

How can allies protect communities threatened with violence?

How to avoid the ‘white savior syndrome.’

Love beyond borders

How will the hardening of immigration policies affect the radical potential of romance?

“Alle Shalle Be Wele:” Julian of Norwich and the process of transformation

What might a medieval recluse say to postmodern activists?

Five behaviors that perpetuate toxic capitalism

Money and productivity don’t define us; love does.

No disaster is natural

Should the Brumadinho dam collapse be framed as corporate incompetence or a crime against people and nature? Español

Praxis in a polarized world: the dilemma of activist scholars on the left

If progressive academics want to work with ‘the people,’ then we’ll have to meet ‘the people’ where they are.

“Bright words:” finding common ground in environmental negotiations

We cannot create what we cannot imagine, and to imagine we need stories and words to tell them.

The Irish Revolution’s overlooked history of nonviolent resistance

The founding of the Irish Parliament was a path-breaking event in the emergence of nonviolence.

Why should we care about stories?

A system that privileges rationality over emotion is a system that protects the status quo. Stories have no such qualms.

Advice for future corpses

When we allow death to happen, we are not killing people, we are caring for them.

Meet the corporations who sue governments to undermine progressive change

Today, campaigners dressed as wolves in suits invaded the streets of Davos to highlight the real face of private-sector influence.

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.

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