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Essay/Work

The quitting economy

When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

Idea/Sports & Games

Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

Kate Raworth

Essay/Economics

Of money and morals

Moneylending has been taboo for most of human history. So how did usury stop being a sin and become respectable finance?

Alex Mayyasi

Essay/Work

The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable

Livia Gershon

Essay/Politics & Government

The bloodstained leveller

Throughout history, plagues and wars have left greater equality in their wake. Can we get there again without violence?

Walter Scheidel

Idea/Ethics

Is it moral to respect the wishes of the dead, above the living?

Barry Lam

Idea/Economics

Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Idea/History of Ideas

Voluntary taxation: a lesson from the Ancient Greeks

Dominic Frisby

Essay/Economics

Platonically irrational

How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out

Nick Romeo

Essay/Economics

What is human capital?

Human capital theory was invented as an ideological weapon in the Cold War. Now it is helping to Uberise the world of work

Peter Fleming

Video/Economics

Farming in the middle of the Motor City – a patch of green in the Rust Belt

12 minutes

Idea/Economics

When faced with so-called ‘progressive business’, stay skeptical

Christian O Christiansen

Idea/Wellbeing

If money can make you happy, does debt make you sad?

Cassondra Batz

Idea/Politics & Government

It wasn’t just hate. Fascism offered robust social welfare

Sheri Berman

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

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

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

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

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

Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

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

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

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

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden