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HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow at all from year to year: the world was an aggregate as hard up in 1800 as it had been at the beginning of time….

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Are we too Materialistic?

Are we too Materialistic?

it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions shallow and selfish, or you can reject materialism be good and focus on more important matters of the Spirit. But in truth most of us are in our hearts stuck…

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How to Enrich a Country: Free Trade or Protectionism?

How to Enrich a Country: Free Trade or Protectionism?

One of the most pressing choices facing modern economies is whether to adopt a policy of free trade or of protectionism, that is, whether to encourage foreign goods into the country with minimum tariffs and allow industries to relocate abroad; or whether to make it hard for foreign firms to sell their goods internally and discourage domestic producers tempted by cheaper wages in other lands. It feels like a very modern dilemma, but the debates between proponents of free trade…

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POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?

POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?

Cinema is the most prestigious cultural activity in the modern world. It is for us what theater was in the age of Shakespeare, or painting was in the days of Leonardo DaVinci. The art form with the biggest impact, the largest budgets, and the most widespread audiences. Collectively, we recognize that film has an astonishing power to induce emotion. But it would sound weird to stop and ask what film was really for, what purpose it serves in our societies,…

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LITERATURE – George Orwell

LITERATURE – George Orwell

George Orwell was an English intellectual who died in 1950 and used literature for the only reason it ultimately really exists – to try to change the world for the better. He was, in the deeper sense, a political writer, someone who wanted art to help us grow kinder, fairer, wiser. In 1946, a year after the publication of his momentously popular fable, ‘Animal Farm’, he wrote an essay titled, ‘Why I Write’, which laid out his approach with a…

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Is There an Alternative to Political Correctness?

Is There an Alternative to Political Correctness?

تعد الصوابية السياسية -من جوانب عدة- إنجازاً إستثنائيًا وباهر في عصرنا. فهي تتضمن حساسية عالية تجاه معاناة الأقليات التي يتم تجاهلها عادة من القوى المهيمنة في المجتمع. وتلفتُ النظر إلى المشاكل الكبيرة بل وحتى اليومية التي يواجهها الأفراد. تهدف الصوابية السياسية إلى نشر التعاطف والعدالة والإنصاف. من العجيب كم الناس الذين تستفزهم الصوابية السياسية بالرغم من هذه الأهداف الرائعة. لا يكمن السبب في طموحاتها النبيلة بل في كيفية تنفيذها. عندما نتلقى دروسا في الصواب السياسي، قد يحدث التالي: -سيتم إشعارنا…

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