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Art after money

Banksy’s prank on the art market rhymes with our common struggle against financialization’s shredding of society.

Entrepreneurs of hate

Where does hate come from, and why has it played such a role in recent political history?

Don’t click here to save the world – go to the theatre and get inspired

This is not a moment to ‘keep calm and carry on:’ the UK’s leading spoken word artists declare their rebel yell in south London.

The politics of Latinx recognition

A new fluid, multiracial and multicultural identity is emerging in American politics. Español

What should we teach our children about religion?

Learning about different worldviews is a critical component of education for democracy. 

Why positive thinking won’t get you out of poverty

To say that poor people don’t have enough hope, tenacity and aspiration is to deny their agency as well as the size of the structural odds they face.

1968: The revolution that will not die

How conservatives won the counter-revolution after 1968—and how they might lose.

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?

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

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

Depression and the healing desert

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

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.’

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?

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.

The Migrant Quilt: re-stitching the fabric of community

Memory is the first form of resistance.

The evisceration of storytelling

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

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.

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.

Brexit, Corbyn and us: what disappointment can teach us about politics and ourselves

If politicians aren’t planning for disappointment then they’re not living in reality. 

The political significance of LSD

The shifts in consciousness brought about by psychedelics could help to dissolve our fear of the other.

Reveal, remember and resist: the three Rs remixed

Passivity in the young is an obstacle to social transformation. Let’s teach kids to recognize and use their agency.

Steven Pinker’s ideas are fatally flawed. These eight graphs show why.

It’s time to reclaim the mantle of “Progress” for progressives.

Welcome to the ‘New Dark Age.’

A terrifying new book by James Bridle calls on us to embrace uncertainty.

Why human rights groups are beginning to support the rights of non-human animals

Solidarity must extend, not only to all people but also to animals, the earth, and the environment.

Comedy is part of feminist history—and we need it more than ever

Feminism has always been mobilized and strengthened through collective joyful laughter.

The beauty of a both/and mind

How can we find our way out of the impasse that stymies action on the really big issues of the day?

Sacred activism: a movement for global healing

Our natural sense of interdependence has been replaced by an addictive focus on personal short-term profit.

Have you been watching porn?

We champion digital rights at the same time as we champion sexual freedom because we know that the two are perilously entwined.

Decolonizing birth

Indigenous women are taking back their power as life-givers.

The necessary transience of happiness

The happiness industry is booming, yet few of us are happier. Why not?

Will Cuba become a test case for a post-postmodern future?

Metamodern mindfulness offers a new way of thinking about the ideological conflicts of the past.

Is toxic masculinity a mask for anxiety?

What is it that makes so many boys grow up to believe that sex is theirs for the taking?

Culture shift: redirecting humanity’s path to a flourishing future

It’s time to build a new worldview around a deeper sense of connectedness.

With marijuana now legal, Los Angeles goes further to make amends for the war on drugs

How one city is repairing the damage caused by marijuana prohibition for the people who’ve been most affected.

Three more ways to build solidarity across our differences

For most people divisive rhetoric isn’t new; they’ve been developing ways to counter it for years.

Meet the Glasscos: lesbian foster parents in America’s Bible Belt

In Alabama, religiously-affiliated private adoption agencies can legally discriminate against same-sex couples, but the law may be having the opposite effect.

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