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Freedom is claimed, not granted

NORA LESTER MURAD

Today’s actions by Central Americans and Palestinians show a historic convergence of resistance to borders.

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What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?

EDWARD SUGDEN
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The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

PAUL WALSH
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The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

Freedom is claimed, not granted

NORA LESTER MURAD

Today’s actions by Central Americans and Palestinians show a historic convergence of resistance to borders.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

What really happened when Kanye West met Donald Trump?

EDWARD SUGDEN
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The famous rapper shows how racially-defined but wealthy individuals are used to mask deep structures of oppression.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

PAUL WALSH
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.



The politics of Latinx recognition

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

Welcome to barbershop therapy

Barbers in the US South are training as first responders to assist men with their mental health concerns.

What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?

It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.

What should we teach our children about religion?

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

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare

Disability isn’t a deficit within a person, it’s a deficit in a culture that doesn’t accept or enable a person for who they are.

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.

How does change happen? One man’s journey through the personal and the political

The first step to building a new world is to start living it, but don’t stop there.

How to help inmates heal after the trauma of prison

Half of all prisoners in American jails suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder. Can prayer and meditation support them?

Seven ways to build the solidarity economy

We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’

Love and hunger in breadline Britain

We need a moral and spiritual revolution to replace the culture of shame with a politics of love and solidarity.

How repression can fuel a movement

Repression often energizes resistance and undercuts the legitimacy of elites.

Trapped on Brexit Island

How did we get here, and how do we escape? Transforming education would be a start.

No justice without love: why activism must be more generous

I want to be a member of a thriving and diverse social movement, not a cult or a religion.

Why transforming the economy begins and ends with cooperation

Co-ops might not transform people, but the act of cooperation often does. 

No, the existence of trans people doesn’t validate gender essentialism

Finding the middle ground between our bodies and our cultural influences has always been a paramount idea in feminism—and the politics of transitioning are no different. 

Social activism and the economics of mental health

Apolitical volunteering is ill-equipped to address the structural causes of depression.

1968: The revolution that will not die

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

“The price on everything is love:” how a Detroit community overcomes a lack of city services

A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs that aren’t met by local government.

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?

The enemy between us: how inequality erodes our mental health

Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other.

Navigating the white water of these turbulent times

The struggle for liberation has never been about safety; justice is gained by confronting reality, however dangerous it may be.

Why Boris is wrong about the burka

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

Sexual exploitation and abuse: why pick on charities?

There is always a line to be drawn between protecting reputation and doing the right thing. Charity trustees should be judged on whether they draw it in the right place.

The future of sharing: it's still about freedom

The original vision of the sharing economy hasn’t died—it just needs more support and protection.

Depression and the healing desert

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

What hope for the millennial generation in politics?

Millennials are confronted by political systems that don’t look like them, speak like them or address their core concerns, but that may be changing.

Harvesting hope: the permaculture movement in India

The major transformative potential of permaculture in India lies in its ability to make small-scale farmers self-sufficient. Hence, it offers viable solutions to the very deep crisis farmers are facing.

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.’

The rise of resistance and resilience to tear gas

Tear gas turns the square, the march and the public assembly into a toxic space.

Democratic distress in Europe and the USA: a transatlantic malaise?

What could Americans and Europeans learn from each other about the looming crisis of democracy?

Five ways to curb the power of corporations

Of the world’s 100 largest economies, 69 are transnational businesses. How can we control—and ultimately transform them?

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?

Where next for the New Economy movement?

It’s not enough to create niche alternatives; we have to transform the architecture of the economic system.

Does Donald Trump’s foreign policy actually make sense?

It’s entirely logical for narcissists to seek alliances with authoritarian leaders.

Remembering Dorothy Cotton, freedom educator

We need to believe ourselves capable of something greater than the dehumanizing roles our society has given us.

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