Tag: Social values

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Two Hours Spent Weekly in Nature Improves Health

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. After deadlines and poor weather have kept me cooped up indoors for the last couple of days, I’m well aware of the irony of discussing the health benefits of spending time communing […]

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Is Conservatism Running on Brand Fumes?

A provocative article in the Guardian, ‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism, is a must read. I am going to focus on a few key observations rather than attempt to summarize it. Among other things, it also gives some perspective on Brexit, about which I ought to be Saying Something. But we are […]

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Advertising as a Major Source of Human Dissatisfaction: Cross-National Evidence on One Million Europeans

By Chloé Michel, Portfolio Manager, Swiss Re, Michelle Sovinsky, Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim, Eugenio Proto Professor, University of Bristol, and Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics, Warwick University. Originally published at VoxEU Although the negative impact of conspicuous consumption has been discussed for more than a century, the link between advertising and individual is […]

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The Faux Revolution of Mindfulness

Yves here. The packaging of “mindfulness” as a means for self-betterment has been a staple of the New Age for at least 30 years.  Some programs dangle the promise that if you become adept, you’ll become more successful, have better relationships…..even better sex.  And as is often true of cults, if you aren’t getting results, […]

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Beware Billionaires Bearing Gifts

By Leo W. Gerard, the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Produced by the Independent Media Institute. There’s a new Koch organization in town. Instead of trying to buy politicians to do the bidding of billionaires, as Charles and David Koch have historically done, this foundation will support community groups trying to cure […]

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