Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
Are coders worth it?
In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?
Mistresses are big business in China, where no official is a real man without his own ernai. What’s in it for the girls?
An inconvenient child
My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom
How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door
The new astrology
By fetishising mathematical models, economists turned economics into a highly paid pseudoscience
ISIS is a revolution
All world-altering revolutions are born in danger and death, brotherhood and joy. How can this one be stopped?
Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough
The quitting economy
When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit
The invasion of America
The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but new visualisations should make it unforgettable
Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success?
Is the growing market for male escorts a sign of female sexual liberation or just a re-run of the same old stereotypes?
The end of walking
In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health
My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home
Slaves or wage slaves
Incentives, rewards, bonuses and bonding experiences – Roman slaveowners were the first management theorists
Return of the city-state
Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century
How Europe became so rich
In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?
Seen through game theory, cancer and police corruption are pretty much the same thing. And for one of them, there’s a cure
The legend of the Legion
His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?
Scorched Earth, 2200AD
Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive?
Christians were strangers
How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world
Hell on Earth
What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment
Return of the oppressed
From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride