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STRIKE! Magazine – On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain …

Economics

Return of the Bern: Edward Luce on Bernie Sanders’ memoir

One conclusion people have drawn from Donald Trump’s presidential election victory is that vitriol works. The Manhattan billionaire went blisteringly …

Middle-class

Can capitalism bring profit margins back to earth?

<i>“The facts are clear: all the evidence is that process-driven CEOs are prioritising the bottom line and treating earnings as a key metric. That’s</i> …

Stock Markets

‘Incels’ are wrong: sex is not like income

American academics and writers were swept into a surreal economic debate after a terrorist attack that killed 10 people in Toronto last month.<p>While …

Civil Rights

“The Right to Have Rights” and the Plight of the Stateless

It was sunny in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday morning. A guest of the city’s opulent annual writers’ festival, I was about to tape a talk show at the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In the waiting area of the makeup-and-hair room, reading material was strewn on a low …

Human Rights

Mulher deve ser maternal e parar de culpar o homem, diz Camille Paglia

Publicidade<p>Camille Paglia, a mais antifeminista entre as feministas, aposta na revalorização do lado maternal da mulher como chave para um reencontro …

How hard is it to learn English?

When I taught English in the Greek port of Piraeus, a colleague and I used to spend idle time in the staff room speculating on what the hardest …

Language Learning

Desembargador diz que decisão de Moro ‘atenta contra o Judiciário’

Sergio Moro. Foto: EFE/Sáshenka GutiérrezO desembargador do Tribunal Regional Federal da 1ª Região afirmou, por meio de nota, neste sábado, 28, que o …

The new language of precarity

If there is a writer we associate with work — the workhouse, the working class, “women’s work”, the perfectly worked sentence — then that writer is …

Language

The quiet revolution: China’s millennial backlash

Faye Lu, a Beijing-based businesswoman, chose the Chinese new year after her 30th birthday to come clean to her family. At the biggest social …

China

O Brasil não é para principiantes

De tanto ouvir dizer que Lula da Silva tinha sido condenado sem provas decidir ler a sentença.<p>A lei brasileira ensombra o julgamento imparcial pois …

Profit Margins in a “Winner Take All” Economy

The following chart shows the aggregate net profit margin of the S&P 500 using earnings data updated through the 1st quarter of 2015 (75% …

On juggernaut companies and profit margins

US companies’ profit margins have been near historical highs for years now.<p>This has puzzled market analysts, fueled debate over how to measure …

Capitalist institution makes strong case for socialised medicine

The decline in manufacturing, charted

Nature prefers blondes (and dark-haired men)

An international scientific team has combed the DNA of 300,000 people to understand the genetic roots of hair colour, and found that, when it comes …

An aid industry labouring under neocolonial structures is no help

The aid industry might be having its #MeToo moment, but sexual exploitation is just a symptom of a more fundamental issue: the neo-colonial …

Swimming Pools

O seriado do golpe em três temporadas

Em sua nova dobra, financeirizada e neoliberal, os golpes do capitalismo incidem na própria vida, em sua potência criadora. Mas irrompe outra …

Minha carta a Lula. Por Carlos Fernandes

De todas as penas cabíveis ao doloroso ofício de escrever, talvez a maior delas seja a de não conseguir expressar em palavras aquilo que se sente no …

Lula Falls, and Brazilian Democracy Looks Shakier

We live in a world where it is no longer shocking to learn that major heads of state—Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Benjamin Netanyahu—are under suspicion for having misused the power of their office, although none of these has yet been formally charged with any wrongdoing. In Latin …

Brazil

Will poor grammar always be a bar to top jobs?

The Financial Times has produced an updated version of its style guide, which sets out its writing rules and practices. The FT sticks to “fewer” for …

The 10 best BDSM movies

Before Fifty Shades of Grey’s release this weekend, we take a look at 10 other BDSM-based films which shocked, stimulated and spanked their way to notoriety<p><b>Belle de Jour (1967)</b><p>Luis Buñel’s surreal classic sees a middle-class housewife Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) electing to become a daytime …

Shades of Grey

Listening In: cyber security in an insecure age, by Susan Landau

In 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot 14 people in San Bernardino, California. At the time, the terrorist attack was the deadliest the …

Pobre povo brasileiro: já não bastam inimigos, tem de suportar traidores. Por Fernando Brito

O plenário do STF Publicado no Tijolaço POR FERNANDO BRITO Não se esperava que, por ser o habeas corpus a favor de Lula, os ministros do Supremo …

The return of religion

“Whatever its cause,” Richard Dawkins wrote in <i>The God Delusion</i>, perhaps the best-known recent literary assault on faith and religion, “<i>Zeitgeist</i> …

A monetary remedy for the midlife crisis

“The time has come when we boomers are going to have to reach into our own pockets.” That was the view of David Willetts — formerly UK minister for …

As Castro Prepares to Leave Office, Trump’s Cuba Policy Is a Road to Nowhere

The year 2018 is a seminal one for Latin America: two-thirds of the region’s people will choose new national governments, and the citizens of Communist Cuba will be among them. Last Sunday, the island held parliamentary elections to elect a new roster of deputies for the National Assembly of the …

Genetics and the truth about selective schools

If you are a parent and want to do the best for your children, then congratulations. You have already bestowed a powerful gift: your genes. Life, you …

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, if not to act on them – Mark Rowlands

Here is a true story. A young philosophy lecturer — let us call him Shane — is charged with the task of introducing young minds to the wonders of …

Why are Germans so obsessed with saving money?

Below a Berlin street, behind a succession of thick steel doors, lies a storage room the size of a basketball court. Here, at the German Historical …