More than just a “stupid people” problem

Excellent article on the rise and rise of anti-intellectualism and belief in a reality without factual basis. It shows how President 45 is not an anomoly, but rather, the natural culmination of a way of thinking that has grown unchecked in the US. And I think it would be foolish for the rest of the world to assume it’s a local phenomenon only.


Plutocracy and the Corruption of Capitalism

In this interview and this commentary on his book, we see French economist, Thomas Piketty, put forward some compelling and evidence-backed arguments on why capitalism isn’t working, and how inequity is being accelerated by a rentier-driven economy (one in which those with the greatest wealth, rather than the highest salaries/wages, earn the most).

Enrique PeƱalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action

“An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport.”

This is a beautiful and inspiring talk by a mayor who showed the leadership, vision and guts to do what was right in the face of opposition, and has been vindicated through tangible improvements in quality of life. Watch and learn, Cities of Suburban Sprawl!