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The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

MARK GREENE

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

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The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

MARK SUMMERS
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A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

Buddhism and economic transformation

JULIE A. NELSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

MARK GREENE

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

MARK SUMMERS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

Buddhism and economic transformation

JULIE A. NELSON
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.



The ugly and violent death of gender conformity

How long will it take for gender fluidity to be viewed as a healthy expression of human identity?

The experiences of British muslim women defy lazy stereotypes about Islam

Berenice Scandone interviews young British muslim women, who say that their faith provides them with a sense of confidence, belonging, and cultural understanding.

The political fury of Percy Bysshe Shelley

A lost work by a great poet has much to say about the state of politics today.

Buddhism and economic transformation

Economies have no essential nature. Once this is recognized, many more opportunities for change present themselves.

Six creative ways to make your point at political party conventions

“Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but to be honest neither is Donald Trump.”

Why politics needs more in-betweeners

Human psychology makes people suspicious of opposing perspectives, but seeing both sides of an argument is not a weakness. 

If the Left wants to win again, it must learn the art of storytelling

In post-truth Brexit Britain, politics has become a storytelling competition. The Left must respond with a vision of solidarity and liberation.

How can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us and not what’s worst?

Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.

We already know how to reduce police racism and violence

Recent research has shown what works. For starters, hire more female police officers

Lost in space? Silicon Valley and the future of democracy

When Elon Musk talks about governance on Mars, what’s really scary are the implications for democracy on Earth.

Reading Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ after the Dallas shooting

King shows us a way of addressing the vacuous nature of our politics, without submitting to the nihilism of sniper fire.

Does anyone know what’s real anymore?

Increasingly we are lost in a world of binary codes: zero or one, Republican or Democrat, black or white, female or male, good or bad.

Fierce contemplation: meet the nature-loving nuns who helped to stop a pipeline

As fewer women enter convents, what will become of their rich tradition of social and environmental engagement?

Can religion be a positive force for social change?

Faith is neither a poison pill nor a silver bullet, but understanding its significance is crucial. 

Reclaiming conversation

Are smart-phones eroding authentic communication? A Q&A with Sherry Turkle

Looking back: 12 of Transformation's greatest articles

I'm leaving after three years at openDemocracy. Here are some of my favourite, must-read articles from writers to watch out for.

Why shouldn’t the law ignore emotion?

If the justice system becomes an assembly line devoid of feelings, reconciliation and social justice will suffer.

Gathering and assembling: Judith Butler on the future of politics

A new book from one of the world’s leading philosophers brims with ideas about gender, collective action and insecurity.

How I became a refugee within a day

As a refugee, there is no place I can call home. I've had to accept a life in exile.

Zoos are the problem, not the solution to animal conservation

Instead of imprisoning animals for profit, why not support shared efforts in coexistence?

Transforming the poverty industry

When governments place maximizing revenue over serving those in need, the vulnerable are harmed. And when the vulnerable are harmed, so are we all. 

What's happening to the millions of people displaced by climate change?

Weather-related hazards are displacing millions of people globally. The World Humanitarian Summit was a start, but countries need to start dealing with climate refugees.

Olympians without nations: first-ever team of refugees heads to Summer Games

With 20 million refugees worldwide, the International Olympic Committee announces a new team to make the games more inclusive for people without a nation to call home.

Why I stormed the Tate Modern in protest against violent men

On 13 June over 150 feminist activists mourned the murder and erasure of artist Ana Mendieta. We were there for our sisters who did not survive.

It could be otherwise: contingency and social transformation

There’s no such thing as a permanent present or a future that is fixed.

Is there life after capitalism?

What’s the point of living longer if we face more years of isolation, poverty and neglect? 

Nude protests, sex strikes and the power of the taboo

Nonviolent tactics like stripping naked can be highly effective political advocacy, even ending wars, particularly across the African continent.

Islam and the future of tolerance

A new book by best-selling atheist Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-reformist Maajid Nawaz fails to convince.

#BlackLivesMatter makes some people angry. Isn’t that good?

A new wave of activism is rooted in a different spiritual tradition to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Socially constructed silence? Protecting policymakers from the unthinkable.

The scientific community is profoundly uncomfortable with the storm of political controversy that climate research is attracting. What’s going on?

Four ways mainstream animal rights movements are oppressive

Animal rights campaigns like PETA care more for animals than they do for the lives of marginalized people.

Get real! Five spiritual responses to political reality

Do you belong to one of these five groups of people who are changing politics through spirituality?

Husbandry: a feminist reclamation of men’s responsibility to care

To stop the economy’s advance towards greed and destruction, we need new metaphors and images that inspire a radically different alternative.

Carry on flying: why activists should take to the skies

Protesting against air travel might displace attention away from the actions required to reduce carbon emissions at the necessary scale.

The cyber-age demands a politics of the spirit

As people explore new forms of agency online, where is the politics that can serve their growing sense of possibility?

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