Saturday, April 25, 2015
  1. Effective Altruism

    Peter Singer

    Effective Altruism

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     argues that, though donating our time and resources may make us happier, that is not why we do it.

    Altruism monks giving alms laos Peter Nijenhuis/Flickr

    Several studies show that people who are generous typically are happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who do not give. But these donors’ direct motive is to help others, and their giving makes them happier only as a consequence of the fact that it does help others. READ MORE

  2. Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

    Dominique Moisi

    Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

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     watches today's popular television shows and finds societies' deepest anxieties and longings.

    the iron throne Vickie Flores/ZumaPress

    Television series like “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” increasingly play the role that, say, Balzac or Dickens did in the nineteenth century, serving as both a source of entertainment and fodder for debate. In this sense, our television screenplays have emerged as key tools of social and political analysis. READ MORE

  3. Bangladesh’s Fundamentalist Challenge

    Shashi Tharoor
  4. Asia’s Almighty Middle Class

    Lee Jong-Wha

    Asia’s Almighty Middle Class

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     believes that upward mobility remains the key to the region's economic and political development.

    Asia people lantern street middle class Terry Reilly/Flickr

    Despite recent economic uncertainty, Asia’s middle class is growing fast. In the coming decades, this burgeoning demographic segment will serve as a keystone for economic and political development in the region, with significant implications for the rest of the world. READ MORE

  5. Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

    Yuriko Koike

    Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

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     asks why income inequality has become more salient in one of the world's most egalitarian countries.

    Newsart for Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour Yury Zap/Shutterstock

    Six months after Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century generated so much buzz in the US and Europe, it has become a bestseller in Japan. But vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty's argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics. READ MORE

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