A house and land on the River Derwent, Tasmania, 1822.
National Library of Australia
The egalitarian myth behind the great Australian dream of home ownership is at odds with the first rules of land granting in the colonies. Even then, property ownership depended on wealth and status.
In Cuba, unlike in many Latin American countries, when you see children on the street, they’re not begging; they’re playing. And therein lies Castro’s dilemma: how to reform Cuba’s stagnant economy without losing what’s working?
Cuba won't tolerate the high social costs paid by China and Vietnam in their shift to market capitalism, but its economy desperately needs a reboot.
Freedom and tolerance are Norwegian values that don’t apply equally to all.
André Kongevold / flickr
Freedom, social progress and tolerance are Norwegian values, but not everyone there gets to enjoy them equally.
Australian political leaders love to talk about the ‘fair go’, but in truth we are moving away from it on many measures.
Although politicians claim to place a great deal of importance on the idea of the fair go, there are still significant ways in which Australian society seems to depart from this idea.
An 18th-century painting shows an indigenous woman with her Spanish husband and their child. The plaque reads: ‘From a Spaniard and an Indian is produced a mestizo.’
The strange and enlightening tale of a South American dictator who tried to prevent white people from marrying other white people.
The difference between CEO and average workers’ pay is much greater than most people imagine, but Australians’ idea of the ideal ratio is higher than elsewhere.
A recently published study produced some revealing findings on beliefs about inequality in a range of countries around the world. The study, by Chulalongkorn University’s Sorapop Kiatpongsan and Harvard…
Amid an ongoing economic crisis, American exceptionalism faces the ultimate test.
Herbert Hoover was wrong about America. During a press conference in February 1931 - amid the depths of the Great Depression - he famously warned that the American values of “rugged individualism” risked…