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There’s no such thing as a self-made billionaire
For all their talent or intelligence, a person stranded on a desert island with no technology, infrastructure or labour wouldn’t be able to amass extreme wealth. Understanding that no one can claim that they fully deserve what they earn is the first step to addressing wealth inequality.
Our world is built for profit. Let’s build one that protects us instead
We live in a society where it’s easier to get a Michelin-star meal delivered to our doorstep than it is to get a medical mask that protects our nurses and doctors. And it’s designed that way. But we can change it for the better, just as we can change ourselves.
The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?
In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.
Ignorance is power too: why JK Rowling deliberately repeats untruths about trans people
I fell in love with the world of Harry Potter as a kid, but when it comes to gender, JK Rowling’s imagination is limited. What’s truly magical is understanding that we don’t have to know everything about someone’s reality to respect them.
We’re touching our smartphones more than ever. And it’s changing the ancient connection between the body and the brain
Swiping, tapping and pinching our smartphone touchscreen is modifying the millennia-old circuitry joining the thumb and the brain. As the pandemic pushes us ever deeper into the smartphone’s embrace, what could this mean for our brains?
Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing
Blockchain technology is going to change everything: the shipping industry, the financial system, government … in fact, what won’t it change? But enthusiasm for it mainly stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding. The blockchain is a solution in search of a problem.
Why US Americans always end up with a president who is less progressive than they are
The majority of people in the US are progressive on the big issues, but the media and political establishment close ranks to make sure they get a card-carrying centrist candidate like Joe Biden. If progressives want to win, they’ll have to reframe the debate.
US elections are bought. And the people paying don’t want the same things we do
A new study finds just how divergent the interests of US partisan donors are from those of the party base. With the 2020 election expected to be the costliest ever, the potential for consensus narrows as politicians dial for dollars.
How maps in the media make us more negative about migrants
Whether we’re looking at The Correspondent, the world atlas or the national news, migration across the Mediterranean is depicted on maps as thick red arrows heading towards us. Far more than we realise, these arrows define how we view migration. Can that be changed?
Meet the parenting expert who thinks parenting is a terrible invention
There’s no shortage of books, magazines and websites offering parenting advice. But the idea that parents can turn children into better and more successful adults if only they use the right methods is completely misguided, says developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik.
Concrete is one of the most polluting materials in the world. Here’s how we can make it sustainable
Half of all buildings in the world are made of concrete. It’s the ideal construction material: strong, fluid and cheap. But the climate pays the real price because concrete is one of the most polluting materials in the world. So what’s an alternative? Ask the Romans.
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