Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

In The Bleeding Edge: Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World, European academic and activist Bob Hughes exposes how inequality significantly diminishes our technological options and turns successful inventions into their evil counterparts. Part historical...
We’ve Used Up Our One-Time-Only Economic Boost From Fossil Fuels

We’ve Used Up Our One-Time-Only Economic Boost From Fossil Fuels

The economy, we have been taught, is a cat with considerably more than nine lives. The bottom might drop out of the stock market, but it will rebound — again and again. The Chinese were on top of the world, economically, for a thousand years or more, but then the...
How This Became the Era of the Gunman

How This Became the Era of the Gunman

Every era has its representative figure. The Neolithic era had the Farmer. The avatar of the Middle Ages was the Monk, bent over an illuminated manuscript. For the period before and after 1492, the Explorer captured the global imagination. During the Industrial...
Author Event: People Get Ready

Author Event: People Get Ready

The Institute for Policy Studies and the Democracy Collaborative are excited to co-sponsor this free lunchtime talk and discussion with Robert McChesney and John Nichols, authors of the new book People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless...
Virtually, Anything Goes with Online Education

Virtually, Anything Goes with Online Education

The sounds of September: school bells ringing, loose-leaf binders snapping open and shut, sneakers squeaking on gymnasium floors. Next to apple pie, what could possibly be more American than these familiar sounds and the local public schools where we hear them? But...
Letters to the Editor: Readers Respond to Kaul’s Departure

Letters to the Editor: Readers Respond to Kaul’s Departure

Managing Donald Kaul’s fan mail got harder after his farewell column. That’s no surprise — he’s a master columnist with a vast and loyal following. Yet I had a hunch that this part of my job wasn’t quite as challenging as it should be. So...
Is High-Tech the Next Step for the New Economy Movement?

Is High-Tech the Next Step for the New Economy Movement?

When I tell people that I work for the New Economy, the response I often get is, “So is that, like, Google and stuff?” It takes a second for me to explain that the New Economy movement is about promoting the public ownership of wealth and that it involves...

The Luddites Revisited

Some of it has raised the valid and interesting question of whether those demonstrators of old should really be described as anti-technology. Those of us who have been involved in global justice protests have gotten used to being labeled Luddites by advocates of...
Shanghai’s Expo Vision

Shanghai’s Expo Vision

On a busy day, Shanghai’s World Expo can usher in crowds on par with the population of Boston. A ticket gets you dazzling oddball architecture, glittering ceremonies, and long, sweat-drenched lines. This is the latest episode in Shanghai’s aspiration to...

60 Second Expert: The Divergence of America and Israel

According to Meir Dagan, director of Mossad, “Israel is turning from an asset to the United States to a burden.” Though an alignment of interests between the United States and Israel existed from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War, the two...
Stalemate at Camp Victory

Stalemate at Camp Victory

“All I need is 100 loyal Afghan men, and we could defeat the Taliban.” This is the first we hear from Afghan General Fazalulin Sayar in Carol Dysinger’s documentary Camp Victory, which opened in New York this past weekend as part of the Human Rights...
Social Media Boot Camp for Activists & Nonprofit Leaders

Social Media Boot Camp for Activists & Nonprofit Leaders

Having trouble getting your organization’s name out there to potential donors, members and the media? Do you want to use social media tools as part of your communications but feel strapped for time to try to learn them all? Do find yourself wishing someone could...

Time-Lapse Foreign Policy

In the popular virtual game Civilization, you can build an empire and take over the world in a matter of hours. In other words, you can compress thousands of years of history into one long session in front of your computer. This is the gaming equivalent of time-lapse...

Choco Pies vs. Cold Noodles

In the blockbuster 2000 film JSA, two South Korean soldiers accidentally find themselves on the North Korean side of the Joint Security Area, at the border between the two countries. They meet their North Korean counterparts. But instead of fighting, the four soldiers...

Our Taliban

The Dutch government is the latest casualty of the Afghanistan War. Over the weekend, the Labor Party in the Netherlands walked out of the ruling coalition government to protest the extension of the Dutch deployment in Afghanistan. The Taliban is rejoicing. Oh,...