Redefining Humanism and Internationalism

By Roar Bjonnes In the pursuit of global harmony and social progress, the concept of humanism and internationalism emerges as a beacon of progressive hope. Yet, upon closer examination, the ideology of humanism reveals inherent flaws and limitations. P.R. Sarkar, in his seminal works delves into the complexities of humanism, dissecting its various manifestations and proposing a transformative alternative: Neohumanism.

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Slouching Toward Autocracy 

by Roar Bjonnes  As many as 70 countries are due to go to elections in 2024. In many of these countries, the choice is simple and twofold — voting for more of the same or a right-wing autocrat who denigrates “the others” and promises better wages and a newly revamped, often religious, nationalism. Just think India, Hungary, Russia, Argentina, and soon

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 Five Minutes of Prout: Ownership

By Dada Jitendrananda Most people share values of fairness and justice. We want everyone to be able to lead a happy and fulfilling life. The reality for much of the world is that people struggle hard just to make ends meet. Even in advanced economies, stress greatly affects the quality of life. While we have developed an advanced capacity to

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Prout and the ‘S’ word

By Andy Douglas Audio Version: Is Prout a form of socialism? Socialism with a spiritual face? Or is it something completely different?  Anyone who critiques the excesses of capitalism and posits an alternative might be, fairly or unfairly, labeled ‘socialist’, but in truth the question is much more complex. When you hear the word socialism, perhaps you envision a society

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Trump Vs Zinn: Time for Neohumanists* to Claim History

By Dada Jitendrananda This reflection on history was prompted by the vexed debate on the teaching of history that flares up from time to time in the US. In one such eruption, Donald Trump, then US President, referred to the work of the late American historian, Howard Zinn, as propaganda. Zinn is best known for his illuminating work, A People’s

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Technology or Digital Fiefdom?

By Shriraksha Mohan Economic systems have constantly evolved, and have been influenced by human needs, socio-cultural norms, historical events, and technological innovations of their time. In the 21st century, tremendous innovations in digital technologies have had a great influence on how economies function. Digital technologies and smartphones have redefined the notion of market. Trade and commerce have moved online. Markets

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Slouching Toward Autocracy 

By Roar Bjonnes  As many as 70 countries are due to go to elections in 2024. In many of these countries, the choice is simple and twofold — voting for more of the same or a right-wing autocrat who denigrates “the others” and promises better wages and a newly revamped, often religious, nationalism. Just think India, Hungary, Russia, Argentina, and

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Psycho-economy & Co-ops

By Dada Jitendrananda I arrived in Japan in 1984 at the height of Japan’s booming economy. Japan’s post-war project had been reconstruction, and development of a world-class economy. By the mid-‘80s, Japan was the manufacturing hub of the world. The gravy train of this economy was such that a street performer working for two months in Tokyo could live at

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Business on the pretext of climate efforts?

A company from Dubai, UAE, called Blue Carbon is buying control over vast areas of land in Africa. Why? On the surface it looks like they want to conserve forests, avoid logging them, but why? It is plain business: Once they own the land and declare it to bind carbon to prevent the climate change, they can sell the carbon

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