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Economics matters enormously for the future, but its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date.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

Who wants to live in a frictionless world?

Unless life is uncomfortable, there’s no room for transformation.

Welcome to another year of transformation

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

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.

Spirituality and the insurrection of seeds

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

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?

When a tiger has no value

The quest for profit is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?

The rise of veganism in politics

On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal products has major political implications.

For Hallowe’en this year, I’m dressing as the economy

Economics shapes the bulk of our waking hours, so how do we reclaim control of our lives from such a dismal science?

The privilege of being privileged

The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

Fear of a living planet

By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).

Unilever’s racist marketing shows why companies can’t be relied on to regulate themselves

Using racial tropes to sell ice cream and skin whiteners shows that corporate social responsibility can never be achieved voluntarily.

Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.

Wildlife conservationists need to break out of their Stockholm syndrome

Instead of fighting a destructive economic system, international conservation NGOs are bonding with its brutality.

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