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Idea/Economics

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

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

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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Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

14 minutes

Essay/Economics

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?

James Somers

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Kept women

Mistresses are big business in China, where no official is a real man without his own ernai. What’s in it for the girls?

James Palmer

Essay/Education

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

Michael Graziano

Video/Demography & Migration

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised

6 minutes

Essay/Work

Stupefied

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

André Spicer

Essay/Economics

The new astrology

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

Alan Jay Levinovitz

Essay/Values & Beliefs

ISIS is a revolution

All world-altering revolutions are born in danger and death, brotherhood and joy. How can this one be stopped?

Scott Atran

Essay/Demography & Migration

The balinghou

Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough

James Palmer

Essay/Cultures & Languages

The invasion of America

The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but new visualisations should make it unforgettable

Claudio Saunt

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/Gender

Male escorts

Is the growing market for male escorts a sign of female sexual liberation or just a re-run of the same old stereotypes?

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Essay/Memoir

Stoop stories

My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home

D Watkins

Essay/History

Slaves or wage slaves

Incentives, rewards, bonuses and bonding experiences – Roman slaveowners were the first management theorists

Jerry Toner

Essay/Cities

The end of walking

In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health

Antonia Malchik

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

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

Video/Social Psychology

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul?

26 minutes

Idea/Education

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

Jihyun Lee

Essay/Ethics

Natural police

Seen through game theory, cancer and police corruption are pretty much the same thing. And for one of them, there’s a cure

Suzanne Sadedin

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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?

Linda Marsa

Essay/Ethics

Hell on Earth

What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment

Ross Andersen

Essay/Economics

Return of the oppressed

From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride

Peter Turchin

Essay/War & Conflict

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?

Robert Twigger

Idea/Race

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

James Q Whitman

Essay/Fairness & Equality

Not born this way

Other liberation movements have rejected the idea that biology is destiny. So why should gay rights depend on it?

Shamus Khan

Essay/Automation & Robotics

The golden age

The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil?

John Quiggin

Video/Demography & Migration

La Estrella, Spain – population: two. Will the last couple in the village leave?

5 minutes