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A woman sweeps outside her shack in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. South Africa is among the most unequal societies in the world. Getty Images

Book calls for a rethink of capitalism amid the ravages of COVID-19

Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.
Dutchbar Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka was decimated by the 2004 tsunami. It fell under a newly created 200m buffer zone set up to protect people. But it destroyed fishing communities. Chris Young - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

‘Building back better’ may seem like a noble idea. But caution is needed

There is a need to be alive to tensions between short- and long-term objectives, as well as the assumptions we hold around what we consider to be “better” and how to achieve it.
People wearing face masks walk in front of a euro sign in the center of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (October 21, 2020). Yann Schreiber/AFP

Capitalism and the coronavirus crisis: the coming transformation(s)

The global economy is currently experiencing its severest contraction since the 1930s. While capitalism will survive, its fundamental structure can change at critical historical junctures.
It’s a … fire! Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; photo by milorad kravic/iStock via Getty Images

Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control

Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that's always scrolling for the next best thing.
Weekend in the Islamic world usually means Friday and Saturday. Jasmin Merdan/Moment Archive via Getty Images

What is the Islamic weekend?

For many people, the standard weekend is Saturday and Sunday. That's not true for Muslims in some Islamic nations.
A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Can capitalism solve capitalism’s problems?

As capitalism's image crumbles, many of the world's biggest companies are trying to give it new life by showing it can mean more than just making money.

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