When things fall apart

Our world today displays all the signs of impending collapse: the climate continues to heat up, wild fires burn uncontrollably, glaciers melt at an unprecedented rate, the Covid-19 pandemic refuses to die down, thousands of species face extinction. Anyone with any sense of realism knows that we’re in trouble and … Read More

Our world today displays all the signs of impending collapse: the climate continues to heat up, wild fires burn uncontrollably, glaciers melt at an unprecedented rate, the Covid-19 pandemic refuses to die down, thousands of species face extinction. Anyone with any sense of realism knows that we’re in trouble and … Read More

Something is rotten in the state of Tennessee

As COVID-19 sweeps through our societies, farmers who rely on migrant workers are experiencing acute labor shortages. At one farm in Tennessee, every single one of its 200 employees was infected by the virus and had to isolate. Similar problems are occurring in other states and other countries, from Maine … Read More

Disappearing Butterflies: a great environmental catastrophe of our time

Photo by Emily Cao on Unsplash

Over the past 50 years, butterfly and moth populations have declined by more than 80 per cent. The population of the majestic Western monarch butterfly, with its beautiful black and orange wings, plummeted by 86% between late 2017 and late 2018 in coastal areas … Read More

Introducing the Black Lives series

‘With the breadth of a biographer, the depth of a philosopher, and the vision of a poet, Elvira Basevich gives us a compelling elucidation of W. E. B. Du Bois’s radical liberalism. This is essential reading for understanding why Du Bois still matters!’

MELVIN ROGERS, BROWN UNIVERSITY

‘It’s rare

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Elections in a pandemic: Conspiracy theories have a field day

Conspiracy theories thrive on misfortune. As soon as it became clear that Trump was losing the election, a torrent of conspiracy theories flooded the media claiming that vote-counting machines were rigged to favour Biden and that Trump was the victim of a conspiracy by big media, big tech and big … Read More

Poverty, 2nd Edition

By Ruth Lister

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and aggravated the economic insecurity experienced by a growing number of members of society.  This may encourage greater understanding of the acute insecurity typically experienced by people living in poverty.  On reflection, I realised that the question of insecurity was a serious … Read More

The Ultimate Holiday Booklist from Polity

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A revaluation of value? The politics of value between populism and pandemic

By Frederick Harry Pitts

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures have restimulated interest in the topic of ‘value’. For Carney, the first decades of a century of crisis have been characterised by a continuing commitment to abstract ‘subjective’ theories of value. These subjective approaches … Read More