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As growth-driven consumer culture spurs on planetary destruction, why don’t we spring into action? Psychologist John F Schumaker situates a frightening erosion of human personality at the heart of the problem.

Is aid just an extension of colonial economics? Or a lifeline for imperfect but necessary support systems? Firoze Manji and Pablo Yanguas go head to head on the thorny topic of development assistance.

Citizens’ Assemblies are being promoted as the preferred democratic tool of a new generation of activists, Brett Hennig writes.

Protestors attend a protest against what they say is anti-people policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, in New Delhi.

In Modi’s India, dissent is dangerous, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.

the packaging industry is not taking responsibility waste is not just an issue for the individual

Dinyar Godrej explains why the packaging industry loves shunting the blame on individual consumers

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October 2018, Issue 516

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  • Written in stone
  • The personality crisis
  • Hall of Infamy – Elon Musk
  • Debate: the West and aid to Africa
  • The devil and the deep blue sea

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