Celebrity talk and the problem of inequality

HEATHER MENDICK and AKILE AHMET

Do attitudes towards the rich and famous help to legitimize gross disparities in wealth and power?

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If you care about changing society, focus on strengths

GRAEME STUART
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Asking “What is wrong with our community?” will produce quite different answers to asking, “What would our ideal community be like?”  

Let's change how we think about mental health

CHARLES MERRETT
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Seeing psychological distress as a mental health problem supports a modern cultural myth.

Celebrity talk and the problem of inequality

HEATHER MENDICK and AKILE AHMET

Do attitudes towards the rich and famous help to legitimize gross disparities in wealth and power?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

If you care about changing society, focus on strengths

GRAEME STUART
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Asking “What is wrong with our community?” will produce quite different answers to asking, “What would our ideal community be like?”  

Let's change how we think about mental health

CHARLES MERRETT
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Seeing psychological distress as a mental health problem supports a modern cultural myth.



If you care about changing society, focus on strengths

Asking “What is wrong with our community?” will produce quite different answers to asking, “What would our ideal community be like?”  

Partners in prayer: women's rights and religion in Morocco

Pundits say that religion and human rights are opposing forces in Morocco, especially around women’s rights. Our Human Rights Perception Polls suggest a more nuanced picture. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debates, Public Opinion and Human Rights and Religion and Human Rights.  Françaisالعربية

Celebrity talk and the problem of inequality

Do attitudes towards the rich and famous help to legitimize gross disparities in wealth and power?

Let's change how we think about mental health

Seeing psychological distress as a mental health problem supports a modern cultural myth.

All you need is a politics of love

After the US Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, campaigners chanted “love has won” and “#lovewins” was a Twitter trend. What would a broader politics of love look like?

California’s drought: the canary in the coalmine?

There is no place on earth that can be safe, secure or healthy in a world that is running out of water.

Welcome to the empathy wars

Stepping into other people’s shoes has been a catalytic force for social change throughout human history.

Racism is not a mental illness

Racism isn’t all in individual heads; it doesn’t just reveal itself in interpersonal relations. History, politics, and economics matter.

The radical dissent of Helen Keller

When a blind-deaf visionary learned that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off down a path that broke the boundaries of her time. 

Will the left ever get religion?

Can there ever be a truly successful, secular revolution? 

Dylann Roof is not an extremist

The Charleston murders are consistent with the violence and racism that has characterized America since its creation.

Preventing gun violence without just talking about the gun

WATCH: 289 people are shot every day in the US. Of those that are shot 90 will die, every day. A talk on gun violence in the wake of the Charleston shooting.

Can you train your brain to be more compassionate?

We found changes in regions associated with empathy, emotion regulation and reward processing.

Pitirim Sorokin: expanding the radius of love

Cultural crises are opportunities to change the direction of society in fundamental ways.

Cheer up ‘Bifo’—history hasn’t ended yet

What’s the relationship between capitalism and mental health? A review of Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide.

Ursula K Le Guin calls on fantasy and sci fi writers to envision alternatives to capitalism

This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.

Are you cultivating knowledge or just consuming information?

Whether the internet is a mindless distraction or the greatest educational tool ever invented is all in how we use it.

Five reasons why you never want to be rich

If you’re suffering from ‘affluenza’ it’s time to recognize that you’re sick.

Re-capturing the civic heart of social enterprise

Commercialisation is flooding the social economy. Here’s how to reverse the tide.

What will it take to shut down Yarl's Wood?

Hundreds of people will protest against the locking up and abuse of women at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

Don’t punish yourself to make the world a better place

Why do Westerners go to extremes in following Eastern spiritual paths? A conversation with Scott Carney, author of A Death on Diamond Mountain.

Arms companies are making money by taking over UK schools

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit. 

The true miracle of Óscar Romero

The memory of martyrs is exalted, but to what purpose?

40 acres and a mule would be at least $6.4 trillion today: what the US really owes Black America

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African-American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

The transformative visions of William Blake

The ‘poetic genius’ inside of everyone creates a springboard for self-inquiry and social struggle. 

Birthwrong: meet the pranksters celebrating the Jewish diaspora

Discovering a Jewish history that's about more than oppression and genocide. 

Markets of the mind

Debt and guilt have much in common. It’s time we found better ways of organising both ourselves and the economy.

In defence of wellbeing

Serious consideration of happiness is critical to the prospects of radical change in society: a response to William Davies.

Beyond electoral scapegoating: now is the time to love, learn and listen

Have faith in each other. It will be richly rewarded. True democracy cannot be built on anything else.

Rebuilding the divided city of Caracas

Meet the artists who are tactically intervening to bring together poor communities in Caracas.

The corruption of happiness

Anger and injustice need hearing, not treating. Unhappiness can be healthy.

What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?

Drama and algebra can be models for strengthening young people’s resistance to injustice.

Is social enterprise becoming a reactionary force?

Are 'benefit corporations' the harbinger of progressive change in the economy, or the soft edge of efforts to conserve the legitimacy of capitalism with a few marginal adjustments?

Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD

'Disarm NYPD' is a new collective seeking to immediately stop the New York Police Department from killing anyone ever again. 

Heretics and liberals: what Ayaan Hirsi Ali gets wrong

Pious protestations about Islam do nothing to further our understanding of the complex relationships between religion and violence. 

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