In The News: Slavery

The Economist’s review of Edward Baptist’s book on slavery and capitalism sparks a firestorm – and a retraction The Economist’s review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, along with the magazine’s retraction: http://www.economist.com/news/books/21615864-how-slaves-built-american-capitalism-blood-cotton And some reaction: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/economist-denounces-one-sided-slavery-account.html And a review from the Los Angeles […]

George Monbiot: Spend, Don’t Mend

Advertising and consumerism dull our capacity for empathy. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th November 2013. [http://www.monbiot.com/2013/11/25/spend-dont-mend/] Guilt is good. It’s the feature that distinguishes the rest of the population from psychopaths. It’s the sensation you are able to feel when you possess a capacity for empathy. But guilt inhibits consumption. So a […]