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People walk through the London Stock Exchange lobby. Will the excesses of big business become more prominent in post-Brexit UK? Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Controlling big business in a post-Brexit world: Can the UK cope alone?

The UK's free market orientation and its strong tendency towards short-termism and impatient capital could have significant adverse effects on the economy in the long run.
Conflict politics on the right and the left. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Is a capitalist democracy possible?

The world seems caught between the competing political ideologies of left and right, with capitalism is caught right in the middle.
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Capitalism with Chinese characteristics

Capitalism is, as the Marxists used to say, full of contradictions. It may well be the greatest wealth-generating machine ever invented. But it is famously volatile, unpredictable and prone to cyclical…
When our political institutions are market-driven, they risk becoming a democratic shell that no longer serves the people, as the European Union experience is showing. Theophilos Papadopoulos/flickr

Democracy that bows down to the market is a false compromise

Democracy’s problem is not the crisis but the triumph of capitalism. Democracy has become market-conforming, resulting in whole sections of society lacking meaningful representation.
Graffiti by LMNOPI ( in Brooklyn, New York. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The artist’s dilemma: what constitutes selling out?

With more and more street artists partnering with corporations, it's important that they don't compromise their moral standing to earn a living.

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