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The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

KATE PICKETT and RICHARD WILKINSON

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

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Who can we trust?

HARRY BLAIN
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How can we cultivate a healthy skepticism of our institutions even as we rely on them for information, knowledge, and crucially, protection from aspiring autocrats?

The future of sharing: it's still about freedom

JEM BENDELL
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The original vision of the sharing economy hasn’t died—it just needs more support and protection.

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

KATE PICKETT and RICHARD WILKINSON

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Who can we trust?

HARRY BLAIN
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

How can we cultivate a healthy skepticism of our institutions even as we rely on them for information, knowledge, and crucially, protection from aspiring autocrats?

The future of sharing: it's still about freedom

JEM BENDELL
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The original vision of the sharing economy hasn’t died—it just needs more support and protection.



“The price on everything is love:” how a Detroit community overcomes a lack of city services.

A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs that aren’t met by local government.

Who can we trust?

How can we cultivate a healthy skepticism of our institutions even as we rely on them for information, knowledge, and crucially, protection from aspiring autocrats?

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

Navigating the white water of these turbulent times

The struggle for liberation has never been about safety; justice is gained by confronting reality, however dangerous it may be.

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

What is more offensive—concealing your face or misleading the public?

Sexual exploitation and abuse: why pick on charities?

There is always a line to be drawn between protecting reputation and doing the right thing. Charity trustees should be judged on whether they draw it in the right place.

The future of sharing: it's still about freedom

The original vision of the sharing economy hasn’t died—it just needs more support and protection.

Depression and the healing desert

Nature offers solace for a man living with depression—and a lesson in acceptance for his anxious partner.

What hope for the millennial generation in politics?

Millennials are confronted by political systems that don’t look like them, speak like them or address their core concerns, but that may be changing.

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

Could shock tactics do more harm than good to the vegan cause?

As veganism advances in popular culture it makes sense to shift the movement’s strategies from ‘horror’ to ‘hipster.’

The rise of resistance and resilience to tear gas

Tear gas turns the square, the march and the public assembly into a toxic space.

Democratic distress in Europe and the USA: a transatlantic malaise?

What could Americans and Europeans learn from each other about the looming crisis of democracy?

Five ways to curb the power of corporations

Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 69 are transnational businesses. How can we control—and ultimately transform them?

Real gender equality includes femininity (and the color pink)

As feminist parents we tell ourselves that we’re trying to break down the gender binary, but what’s wrong with skirts and baby dolls?

Where next for the New Economy movement?

It’s not enough to create niche alternatives; we have to transform the architecture of the economic system.

Does Donald Trump’s foreign policy actually make sense?

It’s entirely logical for narcissists to seek alliances with authoritarian leaders.

Remembering Dorothy Cotton, freedom educator

We need to believe ourselves capable of something greater than the dehumanizing roles our society has given us.

Who is a refugee?

I would like nothing better than to flee to a dreamland again, a hospitable country in which I can fully be a patriot again, a lover of the country.

Will robots take care of grandma? Maybe, if she's rich

Some are heralding new technologies as the key to managing the so-called ‘silver tsunami.’ But there are significant privacy, labour and equality concerns.

Motherhood and an end to women’s civil war

Maternal ambivalence has always been provocative: a review of Sheila Heti’s new book.

To build peace we have to ask why people go to war

New findings from Mali underline the failure of hard security approaches to conflict-resolution.

I love you just the way you are

Why kindness matters, personally and politically.

The Migrant Quilt: re-stitching the fabric of community

Memory is the first form of resistance.

Why criticisms of identity politics sound ridiculous to me

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.

The evisceration of storytelling

Are stories really the magical elixir for social change we imagine them to be?

Building a different form of power: young people’s voices from California’s Central Valley

We are proud to be Black and Brown, we are proud to be immigrants and refugees, and we are thriving.

Could NGOs flourish in a future without foreign aid?

Only when myths are revealed as myths can there be a clear-eyed conversation about the best ways forward.

Fifty years later, we still have a dream

As the Poor People’s Campaign arrives in Washington DC it’s time to celebrate Public Service Day.

What we can really learn from Gandhi?

Social struggle calls for true transformation, a trading in of old lives for new.

Would psychedelics really lead to democratic transformation?

History offers many reasons to look askance at technical shortcuts to the reformation of human character: a response to Vikram Zutshi.

Confronting the money-power elite

Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control every other aspect of society. Shouldn’t that be us?

Eight lessons from climate organizing for today’s youth-led movements

As a young person, there’s nothing less empowering than listening to an older person tell you how real activism was done in the 1960s. 

Why we should all be concerned about musicians’ mental health

Music is crucial to everyone’s wellbeing, so when musicians suffer so does the rest of society.

The future of trade unions

Unless democracy is reinstated as the movement’s guiding principle, organized labor will fail in any form.

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