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A framework for understanding exploitative societies

Human beings are capable of high levels of cooperation, love and caring. However, for thousands of years most of us have been living in societies that systematically suppress these human qualities. These inhuman social systems now function to sustain themselves, the systems, not the people within them...

Ending the legacy of divide and rule

Divide and rule has been used to control populations for thousands of years... This division is not natural or inevitable – we can understand it and undo it; we can build a society organised for the benefit of all people and all life...

The effects of overwhelming experiences

When we humans are very young, our fragile minds are sometimes overwhelmed by experiences they can’t yet handle...

The effects of emotional hurt

Human minds seem to be vulnerable to being hurt emotionally, but also equipped with emotional healing processes...

Other Articles

Sexism: How men can be allies to women

The title of my talk is Sexism: How men can be allies to women, but this is also about human relationships in general, and how to improve them...

Rigidly defending our minds

Why do so many of us find it hard to face that, sometimes, what we hold to be true may be wrong? Why is it so hard for us to change our minds, or to consider new ways of thinking that might be beneficial to us?

The Future of Work?

This article looks at the future of work and the relationships between work, technology, exploitation and living meaningful lives...

The Role of the West in the Middle East Conflict

The purpose of this essay is to propose a credible explanation for the long-running conflict in the Middle East...

Human Power

I think we are often confused about what the word ‘power’ means (in the sense of the human power to make things happen)...

Oppression and Division

The targeting of any particular group by an oppression is almost never what the oppression is really about... This has been very confusing for many people, especially the people who are targeted...

The appearance of democracy

For thousands of years, all large-scale human societies have been based on exploitation and coercion... I think it will be possible to change this, eventually – to bring about societies that work for the common good...

Voting for our own interests

This was written a few weeks before the General Election of May 2015. A lot of people I talk to are worried about 'letting the Tories back in' by splitting the progressive vote. This loses sight of the bigger picture: that millions of people voted for them...

The Visible Face of Oppression

In Europe we have a long history of our rulers inviting stateless Jewish people into our countries to play roles that were carefully chosen, and often enforced by law. For example tax collectors, money lenders, court officials, and others...

A framework for understanding anti-Semitism

This document summarises a framework within which to understand anti-Semitism, to assist in the development of effective policies and programs to address anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, and other organisations...

Ending violence in ‘unstable’ regions

It's often not possible to solve problems from within the context in which they are presented. Often solutions can only be found by considering a wider context...

Clearing up a Confusion around Immigration

There are several elements to the confusion surrounding immigration...

On Ethics

This piece first appeared on the Scientists for Global Responsibility forum, in response to post that ended with the comment ‘Ethics are never straightforward!’...

Why undermine the education system if it reduces our future competitiveness?

In complex systems, such as a society, there are often ‘layers’ of logic. The logic in each layer often only makes sense within the context of that one layer...

Religion, liberation and oppression

This article looks at why religions can appear to be a source of division, violence and war... It's useful to understand the difference between a religion, and the corruption and manipulation of that religion to support the established social order...