Convincing argument outlining how American Liberalism’s model of corporate freedom at all costs combined with Philanthropism is rather a symptom of inequality than a promising cure. However, the author misses to highlight another point: that Liberalism’s promise that everyone has the chance to “make it to the top” is a mere illusion.
Nothing new really, but interesting that the push comes from global institutions and is specifically geared towards Western societies.
Everything in the social world is contingent. All the institutions we’re part of, the norms we follow and the practices we adopt could all be different because they were made by human beings. They only stay the same because people continue to act as they do. If that stopped, everything would change. (https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/luke-billingham/it-could-be-otherwise-contingency-and-social-transformation)
The past is narrated and the future is not fixed – Spot-on! On that note, also worth referring to Adorno’s Society and work in general (“Everything under the sun is socially-mediated”), Benjamin’s Thesis on the Concept of History, and Foucault’s The Order of Things and work in general.
Article by LSE Anthropologist Jason Hickel
Conservation usually is a long list of bad news, so hearing something positive is rather quite rare and I think should be put forward much more! I’m not 100% sure about the current state of the amazon, but from what I hear it seems Brazil is doing a fairly decent job in stopping deforestation. An indefinite moratorium on soy bean expansion is a good sign especially coming from the industry and can hopefully function as an example for other industries and countries as well!
Here is the article: Mongabay – moratorium extension
I haven’t seen it yet but thought about sharing it with you – I guess it is going to be at least interesting and something to think about.