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Anti-feminism, then and now

ANGELA MCROBBIE

Menace and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new phase of anti-feminism.

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Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

SONJA AVLIJAS
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Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.

Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

JENNI MONET
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The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

Anti-feminism, then and now

ANGELA MCROBBIE

Menace and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new phase of anti-feminism.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

SONJA AVLIJAS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.

Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

JENNI MONET
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

Trump’s victory: time for action

Whatever Trump's victory means, we must avoid the easy answers and evasions that got us here. Help keep openDemocracy open, and growing, so that together we can rise to this moment.

 


Sheriffs refuse to send troops to Standing Rock as public outrage mounts

The state governor has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to evacuate, but will the authorities enforce that decision?

Why we should embrace the good, the bad and the ugly

Since democracy is a form of dependency on the will of others, we need to work a lot harder to overcome our narcissism and belief that we know best.

Anti-feminism, then and now

Menace and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new phase of anti-feminism.

Making our movements work for kids and families

Children have always been part of people’s work for rights and social justice, so what does it take to make activism more family friendly? 

Four futures: life after capitalism

The alternatives we imagine are products of the times in which we live. A review of Peter Frase’s book Four Futures.

Is communism dead, and can spirituality revive it?

Every cultural transformation in history has reached into the most intimate sphere of human motivation.

Will black people also be excluded from Mars?

In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for saving?

The corporate wax nose

The European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?

Without empathy for Trump voters, movements can’t succeed

The white working class reading of recent American history may be more accurate than that of many progressive activists.

Is it time to say goodbye to the non-binary in gender?

Being defined by a negative speaks more of bureaucracy than of sex or self-expression. 

Where to Turn?

Many people awoke this week with a new understanding of the dangers that face our common life together. We must redouble our efforts to abolish war.

Do we remember in order to forget the realities of war?

On Remembrance Day the poppy, with its narcotic, sleep-inducing qualities, stands as a fitting symbol for Britain’s long dream-sleep. 

What we choose to resist

With a climate change denier in the White House, what are the prospects for the Paris Agreement on climate change?

Don’t mourn, organize! Three ways millennials can build a better post-Trump future

Still in shock from last night’s US election? It’s time to turn those negative emotions into optimistic energy.

When a tiger has no value

The quest for profit is transforming the natural world. Can it be halted?

Ferguson Rises: a documentary on love, hope and beauty

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu hopes his new film on the killing of Michael Brown will bring healing, dignity, and investment to Black communities affected by police violence.

How the Alt Right is trying to create a safe space for racism on college campuses

Right-wing movements in the US are repackaging ideas from white nationalism into a new, more middle-class culture by using the strategies and language of the left (4,500 words).

The rise of veganism in politics

On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal products has major political implications.

The politics of nostalgia

Faced with a future that presents itself as non-negotiable, the temptation is to turn towards the past.  

Where strangers become family

A unique affordable-housing community supports both foster families and elders who might be looking for a few extra grandchildren.

For Hallowe’en this year, I’m dressing as the economy

Economics shapes the bulk of our waking hours, so how do we reclaim control of our lives from such a dismal science?

'May the circle be unbroken': remembering antiwar activist Tom Hayden

"He was a complex, difficult, impassioned person whom we should honour as one of our great champions of peace and justice."

Five successful campaigners share their secrets

Great campaigns have lots of things in common, but they’re not the things we’re often taught.

How to protect white people's feelings in the workplace

Does your organization need white fragility training? Find out in this five-minute video.

Civil society 2.0

In Jordan, a younger generation of educated activists are reinventing their approach in order to build new perceptions of civil society organizations.

How war dehumanises everyone it touches

All acts of mass murder are crimes against humanity, and require a gross debasing of other people.

The privilege of being privileged

The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.

Fear of a living planet

By refusing to recognize that the Earth is alive we implicitly endorse the worldview that enables our destruction of the planet (3k words).

Muslims have rights – so let’s stand up for them

Hate crime against Muslims in the US is at its highest level in 15 years. The #MuslimsHaveRights campaign assembles academics, activists and artists who refuse to accept anti-Muslim bigotry.

Recomposing the fabric of affection

Living well together helps everyone to be connected, and it’s connection that makes us thrive as human beings. Español

Five disempowering traits that international NGOs must drop

Only one per cent of foreign aid reaches Southern NGOs directly. How long can this continue?

Social movements need imagination, which is why I’m not buying my kids any more toys

Resistance means more than politics; it involves poetry, magical thinking and wonder, and begins with children having time and space to be creative.

Mini seagulls, fish and chips, rolls of nets and boats on sticks

Divisive issues are the mainstays of modern politics. Can theatre help people to confront them?

Trump’s macho populism

Donald Trump's treatment of women is a matter of politics, not just style: rooted in populist and fascist ideas that exalt male power and promote misogyny. Español

Unilever’s racist marketing shows why companies can’t be relied on to regulate themselves

Using racial tropes to sell ice cream and skin whiteners shows that corporate social responsibility can never be achieved voluntarily.

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