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Fire and fury: the psychodrama of a very stable genius

IAN HUGHES

Donald Trump is portrayed as a narcissist, but what exactly does that mean?

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Could extraterrestrials help us save the Earth?

VIKRAM ZUTSHI
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If human beings are so ineffective in confronting planetary problems, shouldn’t we seek out help wherever we can find it?

After Erica Garner’s death, I can’t breathe through the tears

ZENOBIA JEFFRIES
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In praise and memory of a great advocate for peace and social justice.

Fire and fury: the psychodrama of a very stable genius

IAN HUGHES

Donald Trump is portrayed as a narcissist, but what exactly does that mean?

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Could extraterrestrials help us save the Earth?

VIKRAM ZUTSHI
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

If human beings are so ineffective in confronting planetary problems, shouldn’t we seek out help wherever we can find it?

After Erica Garner’s death, I can’t breathe through the tears

ZENOBIA JEFFRIES
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In praise and memory of a great advocate for peace and social justice.

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Can polarisation be eroded by design?

How can society encourage more nuance and compromise when entrenched opposition is baked into consumerism and politics?

Fire and fury: the psychodrama of a very stable genius

Donald Trump is portrayed as a narcissist, but what exactly does that mean?

After Erica Garner’s death, I can’t breathe through the tears

In praise and memory of a great advocate for peace and social justice.

Could extraterrestrials help us save the Earth?

If human beings are so ineffective in confronting planetary problems, shouldn’t we seek out help wherever we can find it?

It’s time to reconsider the meaning of ‘animal welfare’

Current standards simply make us feel better about the continued exploitation of animals.

The strategic naiveté of Antifa

Why violent protest rarely works.

Living prayer at Standing Rock

We are more powerful when we live together as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us.

How giving makes you happier

For a joyful economy, spread the wealth. This infographic shows why.

Let’s demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas: sharing

There’s no point spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need in order to make impressions that don’t really matter.

Shy radicals

‘“The notion of hate crime does not cover crime committed against people who have become victims simply because they’re different.” He wants Shy Radicals to become a voice for them.’  Book review.

The demoralized mind

Consumer culture is creating a psycho-spiritual crisis. How can we address it?

How whales and dolphins can teach us to be less stupid

Learning from the other inhabitants of our ‘blue planet.’

The left’s problem isn’t politics—it’s metaphysics

How can liberals and progressives learn to feel differently about identity?

Why Redneck Revolt says deal with racism first, then economics

Addressing systems of White supremacy can’t be dismissed as ‘identity politics.’

How should we feel about the feelings of the animals we eat?

Acknowledging the sentience of other species requires us to be vegan.

The virtues of a many-sided life

A rounded human being has got to be better than a square one for the tasks that lie ahead.

Ken Burns’ powerful film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement

The Vietnam peace movement was inspirational. Its story deserves to be told fully and fairly.

Myth and dystopia in the Anthropocene

The sleeping ice giants of Antarctica are stirring. Will we wake up before they devour us?

The American that America doesn't want to know

For Max—poor, white, male and vocal—politics were a projection of the personal.

Capitalism is not the only choice

Every day we have opportunities to build economies that lift each other up and spread joy.

Visualising the human price of gold

An exhibition of powerful photographs brings home the real costs of illness and incapacitation for miners and their families.

Why aren’t we thriving at work?

With mental health problems forcing thousands of people out of their jobs, we need to fundamentally re-imagine the role that work plays in our lives.  

Swords in the hands of children: an insider’s account of what happened to America’s New Left

How Weatherman confused violence with militancy and triggered the downfall of Students for a Democratic Society.

Solidarities outside the box

Can the expression of conviviality act as a reminder of everyday acts of kindness?

“The power of Fannie Lou Hamer compels you!” Resisting Donald Trump

To deal with Trump we must first face the Trump inside ourselves.

No more white saviors

It’s time to let people lead their own movements—and support them in doing so.

Embracing holy envy: 'Allahu Akbar'

We should not allow terrorists and bigots to hijack language in order to sow fear, ignorance and division.

Is Christianity finished as a source of inspiration for progressive social change?

Whatever the emerging world becomes, it will need a new consciousness to guide it, especially if we want that world to be a good one. 

Otto Dix and the robot soldiers

The paintings of Otto Dix are an imperishable reminder that the best possible bulwark against becoming "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts' – in Chaplin's phrase – is in not thinking like a machine. 

How prisoners organized to elect a just District Attorney in Philadelphia

Winning political victories doesn’t always require a shift to the center; how about putting those affected by injustice at the heart of campaigns? 

How to fight the global Wall Street landlords

Banks and vulture funds make money from ordinary people’s distress. The only way to fight back is to outsmart them. 

Techno-brilliance or techno-stupidity?

We pay a high price when we confuse addictive pseudo-significance with real meaning.

Before the NFL took a knee: four lesser-known moments of resistance in sports history

This isn’t the first time the world of professional sports has entered the fight for civil rights and racial justice.

It’s communication isn’t it? Using theatre to bring people together

On issues like Brexit there’s never one single answer, one right or wrong view.

I’m a Muslim—ask me anything

Hearing Muslims being ignorantly targeted is like waking up to see a cross burning on the communal front lawn. I want to help put out that fire.

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