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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

An insider’s investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” not only don’t do that – but pre- serve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems in the first place, which they later seek to solve. The former New York Times columnist takes us into a world where...

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Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

From a prizewinning economic historian, an eye-opening analysis of the financial meltdown and economic downturn affecting the global economy over the last decade. Tooze offers a clear explanation of the mechanisms that produced the crisis and an account of the tentative responses to it. The book shows how the the European and American financial systems...

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Facing the Anthropocene

According to the author, we are facing a radical transformation of our physical environment. This transformation is not limited to increased pollution or rising temperatures, but is part of a global crisis caused by human activity. For humanity to survive, radical social change and the replacement of fossil capitalism by an ecological civilization, eco-socialism, are...

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Une autre fin du monde est possible

Can we survive the end of our world? How could we deal with it? The book’s three authors explain the popular notion of “collapsology”, the study of the collapse of our industrial civilisation and what could succeed it. By defining its objective (learning to live with bad news and sudden and progressive changes in the...

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L’entreprise comme commun

The authors put forward the idea of making business a common asset. Has the implementation in recent years of the concept of corporate social responsibility been effective? The failure of the OECD Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, the subprime crisis and the rise of social movements and local initiatives have called into question corporate...

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Education and the Commercial Mindset

Sam Abrams’ book has become essen- tial to understanding the new challenges facing American politics, with the future of the education system being a central issue. The Democrats’ victory in the 2018 midterm election demonstrated that the ability of Progressives to bring together voters was based less on criticising the President and more on defending...

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En attendant les robots

Who, or what, is hiding behind “clicks”? At a time when the disappearance of work seems irreversible, it would be fair to assume artificial intelligence. Not so, according to the author. All over the world, whether in India, Madagascar, Kenya or the Philippines, “click workers” number in their millions. Their job is sim- ple: to...

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Les enfants du vide

Individualism has triumphed, the collective is weakened. But how to make society work under these conditions? Faced with this question, the French journalist and film director Raphaël Glucksmann calls for the awakening of citizens by questioning a vision of society the Left has surrendered to in recent decades. The book is a critique of a...

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Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O’Neil has coined the term Weapons of Math Destruction (WMD) which she uses to refer to harmful sta- tistical models. A former analyst, Cathy O’Neil points out the impact WMD have on our daily lives: getting to university, borrowing money, rating a professor and, most importantly, the need to con- stantly monitor the relevance...

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Climate Justice: Hope resilience and the fight for a sustainable future

Robinson, a former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, tells the stories of people from around the world who are on the frontline of fighting climate injustice. She highlights communities that suffer the worst effects, but who are, more often than not, least responsible for the emissions causing that are causing climate...

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