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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

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Essay/Future of Technology

Hail the maintainers

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Lee Vinsel & Andrew Russell

Essay/Economics

The new astrology

By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience

Alan Jay Levinovitz

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Video/Work

Drudgery and dance lessons – work-life balance and the ‘Chinese Dream’

15 minutes

Essay/Economics

The heart of the world

The Silk Road – from the Eastern Mediterranean to China’s Pacific shore – is once again the centre of the world

Peter Frankopan

Essay/Cosmology

To boldly sell

Space is for sale. And if we want to get serious about our interplanetary ambitions, that could be a good thing

Grayson Clary

Idea/Politics & Government

Huge currency zones don’t work – we need one per city

Mark Griffith

Essay/Education

Rise of the humanities

Professors worry about the ‘crisis in the humanities’. But more people than ever, especially women, are studying them

Peter Mandler

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Money talks

Has money really changed from shells to digital apps? Underneath, money is always a token of our social relations

Bill Maurer

Idea/Economics

Book or kindle, any kind of reading beats colouring-in

Tom Chatfield

Idea/Earth Science

Save the soil to save the Earth: A Q & A with Ronald Amundson

Sara Zaske