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Keep a distance from each other. Work from home. Or rely on a social safety net. The measures against the coronavirus pandemic are made by and for those parts of the world that can afford to retreat in individualism. But for millions of people in cities like Lagos, Nigeria, there’s no such thing as socially distancing yourself.
Mainstream economics still thinks growth is essential, but this blind belief in GDP is just enriching the rich and killing the planet. We don’t need more growth to improve people’s lives. By working less, buying and producing less, and investing in public services, we can improve quality of life – and fight the climate crisis.
Evgeny Morozov was a critic of Big Tech long before it became fashionable. Then he built The Syllabus, an online system that breaks the laws of the attention economy. At a time when misinformation about Covid-19 can spread faster than the virus itself, his system is even more important. I was with him when he first shared it with the world.
Anxiety has been stigmatised as a disorder or disease. But we never would have survived as a species without it. Had we listened closely to it, we wouldn’t have chosen drinking with friends on spring break in Miami over self-isolating.
A new incarnation of right-wing politics has taken hold of the mainstream. Its ideas and language, funded by billionaires, have been carried by politicians and pundits out of the fringes. Now that we can map this extensive network more fully, we can fight it.
Despite the sometimes deadly consequences, church and state have always made sure abortion was legally restricted in Argentina. But the tide is turning. By engaging with young people and building a diverse coalition, pro-choice activists are forcing the government to act.
Our efforts to fight poverty are often based on the misconception that poor people must pull themselves up out of the mire. But the relentless struggle to make ends meet has serious effects on the brain. Poverty is not a lack of character – it’s a lack of cash.
Energy has become modern society’s holy grail, but what if we don’t want to spend our limited time on Earth constantly recharging and draining ourselves? In an age of punishing pressure to be productive, saying no is the opposite of negative.
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