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Five ways to build solidarity across our differences

PEROLINE AINSWORTH and KIRAN NIHALANI

How do we build bridges between people who could be allies for radical change but who view each other with anger and suspicion?                                                                                         

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The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

MANA FAROOGHI
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Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

Why progressives should worry about the myth gap

ALEX EVANS
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If we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.

Five ways to build solidarity across our differences

PEROLINE AINSWORTH and KIRAN NIHALANI

How do we build bridges between people who could be allies for radical change but who view each other with anger and suspicion?                                                                                         

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

MANA FAROOGHI
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

Why progressives should worry about the myth gap

ALEX EVANS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

If we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.

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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.

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

Five ways to build solidarity across our differences

How do we build bridges between people who could be allies for radical change but who view each other with anger and suspicion?;

Reaching Trump supporters with the promise of vision

In ordinary times, progressives might get away with casual images of their political opponents, but these are not ordinary times. 

Why progressives should worry about the myth gap

If we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.

Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

Feeling burned out in your work for peace and social justice? A new book provides essential guidance.

Why do people go to cat cafes? Loneliness and relaxation in a time of neoliberalism

After I began researching the explosion of ‘cat cafes’ in post-economic bubble Japan, I discovered an entire healing industry devoted to the commodification of intimacy.

John Berger, witness to the human condition (1926-2017)

He sought to protect and if necessary salvage humanity from the inhumanity of consumer capitalism. This gives all his work the quality of resistance. Defiant resistance in the face of likely defeat.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

Here’s how representation in comics could be so much better

Where are the superheroes of color, the women leads, the queer characters and more?

Textured activism: in-between liberation and oppression

By reducing life to dualisms we lose the rich fabric of possibilities that can generate important social change.

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.

Violence brought us Trump, but it’s not how we will stop him

The best way to protect those we love is to win over those who hate them.

Can prayer also be action?

Prayer can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways. 

Building community in Berlin’s Sharehaus

Often, things that are seen as a problem in society are not: the house where locals and refugees live and work together. 

How cultural appropriation becomes trendy—and the real cost of our consumerism

Doing good doesn’t, and shouldn’t, always feel good. For the sake of justice, let’s face that discomfort.

Wrestling with my white fragility

This moment in American history calls me to enter spaces where my people’s shame can arrive with me, charging in on white horses.

President Trump and the Christian right

Does Trump’s election represent a victory for reactionary religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?

God is justice: the social spirituality of Dorothee Soelle

A unique synthesis of mysticism, activism and feminism which still resonates in a world that’s filled with both beauty and injustice.

Sustainable activism: managing hope and despair in social movements

A new generation of activists is developing a much healthier and more emotionally-intelligent culture.

Why targeting corporate Democrats is part of the fight against Donald Trump

Trump rose to the presidency by railing against the Washington establishment. The Democratic Party’s propensity for compromise and triangulation only plays into his hands.

The anti-intellectualism of the social justice community is killing us

When faced by complicated ideas we should reach for them together, as though we believe ourselves to be worthy of intellectual leadership.

Unreality politics

'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?

Spirituality and the insurrection of seeds

All monopolies—religious, social, political and economic—spring from the desire for power and domination.

Should funding agencies also share in the sacrifice of social change?

What standards of behavior should we expect from the leaders of foundations, NGOs and aid agencies?EspañolFrançaisPortuguês .

Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.

Anti-feminism, then and now

Menace and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new phase of anti-feminism.

Making our movements work for kids and families

Children have always been part of people’s work for rights and social justice, so what does it take to make activism more family friendly? 

Four futures: life after capitalism

The alternatives we imagine are products of the times in which we live. A review of Peter Frase’s book Four Futures.

Is communism dead, and can spirituality revive it?

Every cultural transformation in history has reached into the most intimate sphere of human motivation.

Will black people also be excluded from Mars?

In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for saving?

The corporate wax nose

The European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?

Without empathy for Trump voters, movements can’t succeed

The white working class reading of recent American history may be more accurate than that of many progressive activists.

Is it time to say goodbye to the non-binary in gender?

Being defined by a negative speaks more of bureaucracy than of sex or self-expression. 

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