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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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Populism in the United States

The Belgian political scientist Jérôme Jamin dissects how deeply populism is rooted in American politics. His essay explains that Trump is part of an American tradition of candidates, like the since forgotten Pat Buchanan or Ross Perot. It also recalls that if the Democrats and populists fight for votes by using the idea of a…

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The Great Regression

Under the stewardship of Heinrich Geiselberger, 15 left-wing intellectuals give a realistic view of the current polit- ical situation in Europe, and all over the world. The situation is alarming: the fall of communism in 1989 led to the victory of neo-liberalism, which led to a hyper-in- dividualisation of citizens and, in turn, an apparently…

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The Future of National Development Banks

In the wake of the 2007/09 Global Financial Crisis, policy-makers worldwide turned to National Development Banks (NDBs) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), as the private financial system proved too pro-cyclical, lending too much in booms, and rationing credit during crises. The two Columbia University economists Stephany Griffith-Jones and José Antonio Ocampo (previously Minister of Finance…

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The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

Historically, the US state of Wisconsin was a laboratory of progressive ideas: very early, it implemented a progressive income tax and stringent child-labour laws; later, the first unemployment-insurance program in the US. In The Fall of Wisconsin however, Wisconsin native Dan Kaufman provides a warning account of how these progressive traditions were undone and turned…

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Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Who’s the author? Angela Davis is a Black activist, scholar and writer born in 1944. In “Freedom is a Constant Struggle”, she underlines the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Why should you read this book? – To reconnect a variety of subjects that are often treated…

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This is London

« I have to see everything for myself. I don’t trust statistics. I don’t trust columnists » Who’s the author? Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent who has chosen to turn his reporter’s gaze on the citywhere he was born: London. Why should you read this book? – To discover the new face of London, beyond…

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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy

Released: November, 2016 “A Culture of Growth” is an insightful quest into the economic history of the last five centuries. Mokyr’s historical laboratory is early modern Europe, when a small mass of highly skilled artisans, entrepreneurs, financiers and merchants laid the roots of what was to become the Industrial Revolution. While institutions and technology are…

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