The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on social, economic, and environmental risks that have been building for the past half-century of neoliberalism. Even amid the deep uncertainties of today’s global situation, one thing is clear: it is time to start questioning old assumptions and developing a new paradigm. Source: Post-COVID Capitalism Continue reading Post-COVID Capitalism
That’s a question USA Today posed to three “policy experts on the left and the right” in this recent article . The responses, while unsurprising, were nevertheless disappointing. For libertarians, economic inequality itself is not problematic, as long as it is in the context of an unfettered market economy free of government privileges and interference. Source: What “Experts” Miss about Economic Inequality Continue reading What “Experts” Miss about Economic Inequality
How do you react when you come across a bear in the woods? William James begins his essay of 1884 on human emotion with the commonsense view: “we meet a bear, are frightened and run”. Wrong, says James. “This order of sequence is incorrect.” It is not that we run because we are frightened. It is that we find ourselves running and then, on experiencing … Continue reading Believing falsehoods is one problem; not knowing the truth is another.
The terminal seemed nearly deserted, he writes, but “then, out of nowhere, from every direction, came people. White people. Men, women and children. Dozens of them. Hundreds of them. Out of alleys, out of side streets, around the corners of office buildings, they emerged from everywhere, from all directions, all at once, as if they’d been let out of a gate . Source: John Lewis … Continue reading John Lewis Risked His Life for Justice
On July 1st, Germany will assume the rotating presidency of the EU council. Plans to make this a particularly significant chapter, given that Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the final lap of her political career, had kept civil servants in Berlin busy for months. Source: Next Week Germany Takes Over the EU Presidency — What Lies Ahead? Continue reading Next Week Germany Takes Over the EU Presidency — What Lies Ahead?
New York City is framing its recovery from COVID-19 using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These include no poverty, zero hunger and good health. Source: New York’s plan to become a fairer city after COVID-19 Continue reading New York’s plan to become a fairer city after COVID-19
About 3,190 years ago, a merchant in Emar, a trading outpost in what is now northern Syria, sent a desperate letter to his boss, Urtenu, who lived in the rich metropolis of Ugarit, a city-state on the coast of Syria. “There is famine,” he wrote. “If you do not quickly arrive here, we ourselves will die of hunger.” Modern cities can learn from the fate … Continue reading The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.
For his high-school science-fair project, Glenn Orton chose to research Jupiter. It was 1965, and as the United States rushed toward the moon , Orton was mesmerized by the faraway planet, which he could see with his own telescope. Source: You’ve Never Seen Jupiter Like This Before Continue reading You’ve Never Seen Jupiter Like This Before
There has been a reappraisal of ‘old’ West Germany, when the republic was younger and the world more certain Source: How Kraftwerk’s embrace of the future came to sound like nostalgia Continue reading How Kraftwerk’s embrace of the future came to sound like nostalgia
The coronavirus conspiracy news cycle has grown more powerful off of audiences that were already susceptible to misinformation about other health care myths, like anti-vaccination conspiracies. Data: Zignal; Chart: Axios Visuals. Source: The “plandemic” conspiracy theory is the latest in a series of myths around the coronavirus Continue reading The “plandemic” conspiracy theory is the latest in a series of myths around the coronavirus