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Do we have the right to financial rebellion? A conversation with Enric Duran

We need to practice economic disobedience so that radical alternatives can flourish.  

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.

Foreign aid is a waste of money—unless it’s used for transformation

Simplistic stories of saving children trap aid agencies inside a self-defeating logic

The Great Society versus the Poor People’s Campaign

What can we learn from contrasting efforts to combat poverty and injustice in 1960s America?

Horizontalising international NGOs: can it be done?

Alternative structures are available—if we have the courage to adopt them.

Priceless moments: how capitalism eats our time

Economic rationality leaves no room for free time unless it produces or consumes commercial wealth.

It’s time to take our charities to the cleaners

Everyone needs a deep clean from time to time. Best to do it before your teeth get infected.

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

Five ways to transform our economies

We need a new economics for the 21st century. Here are five potential pillars.

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.

How whales and dolphins can teach us to be less stupid

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

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

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

Capitalism is not the only choice

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

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.  

Techno-brilliance or techno-stupidity?

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

Austerity, inequality and the arts

The arts are at risk of becoming the preserve of those from affluent, middle class backgrounds. That matters.

Your money or your morals: capitalism and fossil fuel divestment

The divestment movement highlights a set of challenges to the future of capitalism that extend far beyond its unsustainable environmental externalities.

When you get a front door, remember to leave it open

A Manchester-South Africa exchange reveals striking similarities in the dynamics of urban inequality.

Humanizing technology

It’s easier to turn technology in the direction of democracy and social justice when it’s developed with social and emotional intelligence. 

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense

The Nordic economic model is the most successful yet invented for the common good. How did they do it?

Gentrifier heal thyself?

There are limits to living our political convictions. How can we navigate them?

If you’ve never lived in poverty, stop telling poor people what they should do

The key question is how to change the economy to fit the needs of everyone, not how to change everyone to fit the needs of the economy.

Life’s a pitch

Welcome to the new economy, where everyone is free to submit to another round of degrading competition.

Fire in neo-liberal London

The burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower is a visible reminder that public responsibilities should never be watered down.

Getting to the heart of Universal Basic Income

The benefits of financial security are obvious, so why doesn’t the idea of UBI enjoy more popular support?

‘Trumping’ Let Girls Learn

Getting more girls into school is vital, but it isn’t an answer to poverty and inequality.

Neoliberal psychology

Why do we allow the logic of the market to occupy our minds?

What DNA ancestry testing can and can’t tell you

What are the social justice implications of spitting into a test tube?

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

Why aren’t donors held to the same standards as recipients in philanthropy and foreign aid?

Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist

Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.

The neoliberal economics of family life

Attempts to restore the family as the foundation of social welfare could destroy the gains of second-wave feminism.

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza. 

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