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November 1980's Issue

Power rarely spreads itself around. This issue of NI considers the impact of the few who rule so many.

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Featured in issue 093

The Nature of Mass Poverty

by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Chosen Few

Power rarely spreads itself around. Issue editor Bob Hawkins considers the impact of the few who rule so many.

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Whirlwind Before the Storm

by Alan Brooks and Jeremy Brickhill

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The Matthew Effect

Robin Arnold explains how what goes down comes back up.

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Packaged poverty

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Something sacred

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Trickle down - a sticky business

Peter Adamson examines the Old and New Testaments of world development.

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No Harvest Festival

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The Great American Myth

Americans who think they live in a classless society are kidding themselves, argues Richard Kazis.

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After the alien exploiters...

Ashok Mitra fires a salvo at the Third World’s own brand of exploiters.

Lords of the fields

Betsy Hartmann examines rural elitism in northwest Bangladesh.

Smooth-talking Generals

Latin American dictators and Thomas Hobbes had much in common, suggests Peter Woodruff.

In pursuit of the Good Life

Jakarta, city for the few reports Sue Abeyasekere.

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Ferdinand knows best

Denis Shoesmith says the 1980s are going to be dangerous years in the Philippines.

Views From Below

Words of the Brazilian poor prove the hollowness of elitist claims about the ‘stupidity of the masses’. From Mary Ireland interviews.

My Dear Friend

Dudley Seers shows us a letter from a development freeloader.

Homage to Catalonia

…being the book that glimpsed an egalitarian society during the Spanish Civil War.

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