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Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Video/Work

‘Brand consultant’? ‘PR researcher’? Why the ‘bullshit jobs’ era needs to end

4 minutes

Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

Essay/Subcultures

Utopia Inc

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?

Alexa Clay

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Essay/Art

Show me the Monet

How wealthy Americans grew to appreciate the French Impressionist painter – as an artist but also as a financial asset

Ross King

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Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

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Essay/History

How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

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Essay/Economics

The great cryptocurrency heist

Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust

E J Spode

Video/Work

What the night janitor knows about you. And what you should know about her

9 minutes

Video/Cities

A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

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Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

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Essay/Biology

The queen does not rule

The ant colony has often served as a metaphor for human order and hierarchy. But real ant society is radical to its core

Deborah M Gordon

Idea/Art

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price

Jonathan R Goodman

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Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

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Essay/Work

Trust me with your money

It takes diplomacy, anthropology and psychology to serve the world’s super-rich. But only trust opens their purse strings

Brooke Harrington

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

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Idea/Economics

Many mistrust banks, but why you mistrust banks says a lot

Erika Vause

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Idea/History

In the 1850s, the future of American slavery seemed bright

Matthew Karp

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Idea/Economics

In a highly indebted world, austerity is a permanent state of affairs

Mark Blyth

Idea/Politics & Government

American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love

Ian Tyrrell

Video/Economics

Stop deferring to the experts. Economics demands everyone’s attention

11 minutes

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Essay/Work

Stupefied

How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door

André Spicer

Video/Social Psychology

Glory in defeat: how Japan fell in love with a racehorse who couldn’t win

19 minutes

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Video/Architecture & Landscape

Rethinking architecture for the dead: views from the world’s tallest cemetery

7 minutes

Idea/Food & Drink

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice

Debbie Weingarten

Essay/History

Slavery as free trade

The 18th-century thinkers behind laissez-faire economics saw slavery as a great example of global free trade

Blake Smith

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Essay/History

Cruel ships of prosperity

For more than two centuries the huge profits and profound suffering of the Manila Galleons helped create global capitalism

David Z Morris

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Video/Childhood & Adolescence

From the US to China and back again by age six. Why ‘satellite babies’ struggle

9 minutes

Idea/Poverty & Development

The US has spent a lot of money in Afghanistan. How wisely?

Noah Coburn

Idea/Nature & Environment

Are wild horses icons of the West or an invasive species?

Stacey McKenna