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Getting Better

What’s in it for me? Understand how the world – contrary to common belief – is becoming a better place. People around the world are horrified by the extent of poverty and the growing gap between the rich and the poor. And it’s true: rich countries are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. However, […]

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Get What’s Yours

What’s in it for me? Maximize your social security revenues. What do you think of when you hear the words “social security”? Most of us will be thinking of poor retirees, struggling to live on tiny state pensions. We think that if we want to be comfortable in our old age, we must invest in […]

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Gang Leader For A Day

What’s in it for me? Look inside one of America’s worst housing projects and the gang that dominated it. In 1962, the recently completed Robert Taylor Homes public housing project was one of the largest in America. Yet a few decades later, these 4,000 crumbling Chicago apartments were more war zone than welcoming homes, with […]

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Frontier Justice

What’s in it for me? Get a deeper understanding of the laws that regulate and affect refugees. Over the last century, refugees and refugee crises have become global phenomena and challenges, from people fleeing Nazi Germany before and during World War II, to major crises in Haiti and the Balkans, to the current conflicts raging […]

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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

What’s in it for me? Get woven into the black liberation movement. In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last essay, “A Testament of Hope,” from 1968, he called for “a more aggressive political involvement,” hoping that it could facilitate black liberation. A great deal of progress has been made since the Civil Rights Movement. But, as […]

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Free Will

What’s in it for me? Learn why the concept of “free will” is an illusion, and what to do about it. Are you really in control of your every action? Is the fact that you’re even skimming this text something that you consciously chose to do, out of your own so-called free will? The answer is […]

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Free Culture

What’s in it for me? Discover how copyright laws are reducing our creativity and culture. We’ve all heard about downloading, file-sharing and other practices that are considered an infringement on the copyright of the person who made the movie, book or music that’s being shared. Daily, there are stories about young people being sued, sites […]

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Foolproof

What’s in it for me? Learn how to foolproof your life. We’ve all heard the story of how greedy banks, a rapacious financial sector and the lack of regulation caused the financial crisis of 2007–2008. But what if that’s not the whole story? What if it was actually the measures taken by governments to keep […]

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Flat Earth News

What’s in it for me? Get a backstage tour of the media. Do you sometimes feel like you’re missing out on the most relevant news? True, it’s very entertaining to read about that cute cat that likes to attack postmen – but is it really to hear such trivial stories that we switch on the […]

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

What’s in it for me? See how the ideology of capitalism seeps into every aspect of society. Karl Marx once remarked that, in history, events happen “first as tragedy, then as farce.” Although he was writing in the nineteenth century, we can still see this observation playing out if we look at more recent events. […]

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