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Does a fear of death lie at the heart of capitalism?

JAMES K ROWE
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True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working together to radiate out justice and equality.

Rediscovering nonviolence in the Vatican

MICHAEL N. NAGLER
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Is the Catholic Church ready to abandon ‘just war’ theory and recommit to pacifism?

Crowdfunder: Transformation needs your help

RAY FILAR and MICHAEL EDWARDS

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Does a fear of death lie at the heart of capitalism?

JAMES K ROWE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working together to radiate out justice and equality.

Rediscovering nonviolence in the Vatican

MICHAEL N. NAGLER
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Is the Catholic Church ready to abandon ‘just war’ theory and recommit to pacifism?



Ending the silence around German colonialism

At least 300,000 people died at the hands of German colonizers during its empire. These art projects are uncovering colonial histories to understand racism in Germany today.

Does a fear of death lie at the heart of capitalism?

True wealth and power are found in collectives of people working together to radiate out justice and equality.

Rediscovering nonviolence in the Vatican

Is the Catholic Church ready to abandon ‘just war’ theory and recommit to pacifism?

Why I am an anti-Zionist Jew

The Israeli government deliberately invokes terrorist attacks, rockets, and scary brown men in headscarfs to stoke the population's fear, but I am scared of the racism Zionists use to justify the occupation. Originally published August 2014.

If you want change, learn when to argue and when to stop

Getting stuck in the wrong fights can eat up energy—so learn to use it wisely.

Transforming the politics of makeup

Drag is everywhere. Drag is looks you created and looks you woke up with. At heart, the transformative nature of makeup is about allowing your curious self to flourish.

Transforming finance can help to tackle the biggest problems of society

The current financial system is part of the problem, not part of the solution. So what’s to be done?

Crowdfunder: Transformation needs your help

If you care about the possibilities for radical change in society, please join our campaign.

Are refugees really welcome? Inside the fight to save Berlin's Wagenplatz Kanal

The Berlin Senate is trying to replace a refugee-led activist space with a refugee camp. Why?

OUR Walmart: nurturing caring communities for courageous action

By building an alternative culture from within, workers at one of the world’s most exploitative corporations are planting the seeds of social transformation.

Who gets to be an artist? An interview with cultural theorist Hans Abbing

Just why are artists so poor? Hans Abbing explains. 

Going out, I found I was really going in: John Muir’s spiritual and political journey

The story of a pioneering naturalist stands as one of the best examples of an individual’s spiritual awakening becoming a catalyst for social change.

Stephen Fry and the importance of self-pity

Is it ok for victims of childhood abuse to pity themselves?

The erotic economy: it’s not what you think

If we stopped imprisoning our emotions in industrially manufactured profit centers, desire could become an engine of social transformation.

Has the movement to prevent gun violence hit a tipping point?

30,000 people are killed by gun violence in the USA every year, but support for gun control is at an all time high. Is public opinion turning?

What’s the point of education?

Can creativity survive in the climate of fear and coercion that’s emerging in our schools? 

Why does happiness inequality matter?

According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.

Are eco-versities the future for higher education?

Transforming learning into a process of liberation sounds great, but what does it mean in practice?

How to decolonise mental health services

UK mental health service providers are still failing to deal with race and ethnicity.

COAL: the Vagina Monologues of climate change

Culture change takes us to some dark and painful places, yet art and music remind us that love and beauty are vital for social transformation.

How an underground hip hop artist and his book club threaten Angola's regime

This week 17 Angolan activists received jail sentences for participating in a book club. Here's why. Português

Transformative democracy: bringing the outside world in

Is there hope for a new politics in European institutions? One insider-outsider says yes.

Seven ways social justice language can become abusive in intimate relationships

There is always a choice. If we have the strength to survive oppression, we have the strength to choose not to abuse each other.

We need both compassion and confrontation to defeat Donald Trump

Having empathy doesn’t mean backing away from confrontation. It’s possible to extend love to opponents while throwing yourself into the gears of hate.

Banning boycotts: is history repeating itself?

The UK government's recent attempts to legislate against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions are reminiscent of Thatcher during South African Apartheid.

How ancient Jewish communities are reviving in Indonesia

Indonesia has the largest Muslim community in the world, but now, ancient Jewish communities wiped out in the Second World War are coming back to life.

The environmental movement: a blockbuster in the making?

Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are the building blocks of transformation, but they have to be told wisely and well.

Politicians don’t live our lives: DIY social action

Where can communities find support and inspiration if they want to establish alternatives to the status quo?

Three myths about sex work that harm everyone

It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.

The transformative power of democratic uprisings

Every so often an outburst of resistance seems to break open a world of possibilities, but what makes the difference?

Can universities still provide a transformative experience?

At least for the purposes of surveillance and control, the possibility of being politically awakened by higher education is alive and well. 

Staying alive: Kate Bornstein gives the finger to cancer, suicide, and the gender binary

"Once you break down a huge fucking binary like gender, no other binaries seem to make sense": an interview with the much-loved trans author and artist.

Decolonial love: five ways to resist oppression in your relationships

We're never going to get anywhere as long as our economies of attraction resemble the economies of attraction of white supremacy.

What role were you born to play in social change?

Successful social movements include advocates, helpers, organizers and rebels in equal measure.

Why shouldn't heroin addicts be punished?

Drug users should get the help they need before they die. 

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