Can the Working Class Speak?

What my father, and other working people, never say aloud… by Maximillian Alvarez Current Affairs Dec 8, 2018 I regret never really getting to know my dad until after the world broke him. And it’s not like I didn’t know him well before—I did. But not in the way I know him now. I wish I … Continue reading Can the Working Class Speak?

What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

by Christian Jarrett British Psychological Society - Research Digest It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there’s clearly a lot of variation between individuals, … Continue reading What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality

By Maria Konnikova New Yorker As a whole, the population of the United States is wealthier today than it has ever been. But, as has often been reported, the relative increases haven’t been uniform. In 1970, the top ten per cent of the population earned a third of the total national income. By 2012, it earned … Continue reading America’s Surprising Views on Income Inequality

Something to be Grateful for…

At Open Society, we usually stay out of the identity politics fray. However, today being Thanksgiving, here's an All-American story. Have some gratitude. Many Americans are good people willing to help others. This is an example. Emily Schenk, track athlete for the Canisius Griffins. Here's her story from the school newspaper. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Let … Continue reading Something to be Grateful for…

Extending empathy is key to human survival

by Katie Collins Wired Society needs to undergo an empathic revolution if we are to survive as a species, says Anita Nowak of McGill University. There is a spectrum of empathy, says Nowak, with pity at one end, empathy at the other and compassion and sympathy somewhere in between. Pity, while being an emotional reaction to … Continue reading Extending empathy is key to human survival

Does it Matter if People like Sarah Huckleberry Sanders Can Feel Empathy?

People love to romanticize empathy. But how often do we act on it? by HANIF ABDURRAQIB Pacific Standard   It looked as though journalist Brian Karem had seen enough. During a White House press briefing, an exchange about the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border became heated, then boiled over. Karem, executive … Continue reading Does it Matter if People like Sarah Huckleberry Sanders Can Feel Empathy?

The Fear of Freedom: Erich Fromm

The Fear of Freedom- Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm p95-6 In capitalism economic activity, success, material gains become ends in themselves. It becomes man's fate to contribute to the growth of the economic system, to amass capital, not for purposes of his own happiness or salvation, but as an end in itself. Man became a cog in … Continue reading The Fear of Freedom: Erich Fromm