A woman sweeps outside her shack in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. South Africa is among the most unequal societies in the world.
Rethinking capitalism requires that the primary focus should be on the distribution of economic power as the potential leading causal factor driving inequality.
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The line between what is normal and what is pathological has blurred. We risk our collective sanity and our planet if we stick to business as usual.
If rules generate ways of seeing the world, why not change the rules?
The tabletop role-playing game scene once epitomized by 'Dungeons and Dragons' has seen new game genres emerge where people experiment and play with solutions to structural inequalities.
Crash helmets at the ready.
New changes to employment rules go hand in hand with the recent knocks to Deliveroo and Uber to suggest that a trend is emerging.
Prince Harry's new job as a 'chief impact officer' is all about individual empowerment, when what the world needs are systemic solutions.
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.
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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).
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!
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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.
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For many people, the standard weekend is Saturday and Sunday. That's not true for Muslims in some Islamic nations.
American thinker John Dewey in 1946.
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Though many in the US are disoriented and disheartened by the lack of an effective federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, American thinker John Dewey would not have been surprised.
African policymakers should strenuously safeguard their right to choose from the widest possible range of technology options that suit their countries’ development needs.
Grocery workers have been essential during the pandemic. so should we be paying them more?
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After the pandemic is over, grocery workers and nurses will still be essential. But will they be paid any better?
The 1820 Settler Monument in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, commemmorates the arrival of 5,000 British colonial settlers.
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It is not hard to see the roots of 20th century apartheid policies in the legacy of the British settlers.
Alberta’s new ministerial orders modify some industrial environmental reporting requirements in the province.
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Alberta has modified its environmental rules, becoming the first to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 1620 engraving depicts tobacco being prepared for export from Jamestown, Virginia.
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During two 17th-century medical calamities, economic imperatives outweighed moral concerns.
The Camp Fire in November 2018 was the deadliest in California’s history.
During California's deadliest wildfire season, 2,000 prison inmates fought the flames on USD$1 a day.
We could use this crisis to rebuild, produce something better and more humane. But we may slide into something worse.
Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, a potential problem for the presidential candidate. A Cold War campaign to link American-ness and capitalism helped create popular distrust of socialism.
Some people might think it's a ridiculous conversation, but for the sake of the planet we need to talk about ending capitalism.
A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism.
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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.