by Lila Bosman

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“Welcome to Africa” — were the words from a friend, accompanied by a fistbump, when I arrived home and relayed my disillusionment at being outright manipulated by a traffic cop into bribery. I felt sick with disappointment that I had allowed myself to be intimidated into playing into the hands of a corrupt system. Colluded in the endemic corruption that is eroding the very foundation of our country. Driving away, I imagined I could see the torn pieces of the social contract lying on the sidewalk.

The story above is hardly unique to my own context, give…

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With Covid-19 set to send the world into a 1930s-style depression, or probably worse, pundits are busy asking whether this is the end of capitalism as we know it. It was the same during the 2008 financial crisis. But nothing much changed. We soon went back to business-as-usual. And nothing much will change this time either, at least not in terms of the basic economic Operating System (OS) that we live under and which greatly determines our lives.

The reason is that, barring a complete system collapse, we can only go back to the existing OS because there is nowhere…

An invitation to psychologically smart, action-focussed politics

By John Bunzl and Nick Duffell

At a time when the human propensity for ostrich-like behaviour is becoming perilous, we owe a massive debt to the Extinction Rebellion movement (XR) for putting climate change onto the headlines. This raising of consciousness has been essential, allowing the notion of ‘climate emergency’ to enter the vocabulary.

Such a trick of moving attention can be the start of changing the game. In our book, The Simpol Solution: Solving Global Problems Could Be Easier Than We Think, we call this the ‘Rumpelstiltskin Factor’[1]: only once we find…

Love is like a wildflower that blossoms in our hearts.[i] It flowers most naturally in a family or local setting, where people are physically close. It’s natural and often easy for family members to love one another. When strangers begin to love each other, they become friends or partners. When two people love each other, this love can last a lifetime.

But love can flower more broadly. People can come together in larger groups to “love” each other in the sense that they come together to help each other to organise for an agreed purpose. “Politics” is the name we…

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by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, authors of The Simpol Solution: a new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems. Peter Owen 2017, Prometheus 2018.

We’ve got a problem

You don’t need us to tell you that there are some Very Big Problems out there. There seems little point in even listing them. Nor do you need us to tell you that the way we as a species seem to be responding falls far short of ideal. The world has changed and the complexity and speed of the problems — most of them manmade — has intensified massively. Most of all, we’re…

Did you get what you voted for?

In order for democracy to work, we have to continue to buy into the idea that the best way to influence the way we are governed is to vote for what we want. It’s a central part of the belief system, that your vote is your power.

The biggest frustration isn’t so much when you find yourself among the losing minority, but when you win but still don’t get what you voted for.

Last week, senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Marley Morris wrote about the connection (or…

“We’ll always have Paris” says Rick to Ilsa in the film Casablanca, referring to the cherished memory of their brief love affair, now over.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paris recently, though in less romantic terms. The Paris agreement on Climate Change sealed in 2015 was something of an international love-in. Announced with all sorts of fanfare, you could be forgiven for thinking it was, like many love affairs, too good to be true. Will this global love-in really go the distance? Will the world really be able to keep temperature rises below 1.5°C? …

Its been a fun week for reviving interest in Mad Max as David Davis made an oddly-positioned attempt to reassure the British public that the post-Brexit landscape isn’t going to be a dystopian hellfire. Some news outlets leaned into the opportunity by dusting off footage of Tom Hardy strapped to the front of a truck, while others pondered the mixed messages we’re getting from the government on whether Brexit is something to be feared or excited about.

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But when it comes to whether Brexit is going to lead to a ‘race to the bottom’ on deregulation, it seems everyone is…

With most top positions in business and politics occupied by men, and our world groaning under the weight of climate change, war, mass migration and wealth inequality, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman seemed on safe ground in asserting that the Patriarchy lives; that if only more women were in those positions, the world would be a better place. As she suggested in her now-infamous interview of Canadian public intellectual Jordan Peterson, “Is it not desirable to have some of those female traits [of agreeableness, compassion and care, social conscience, etc.] at the top of business?” …

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