Reviving The Realm Of Czars And Emperors

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping during a reception at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21. (Pavel Byrkin / SPUTNIK / AFP) Civilizational identity stands behind Xi and Putin’s front against a liberal world order. BY NATHAN GARDELS – Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of Noema Magazine. Where a host meets his guests reveals the context in which he wants to be regarded. The background decor of the chosen setting is more than a telling detail. It is the writing on the wall.  In the case of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the image of power they want … Continue reading Reviving The Realm Of Czars And Emperors

How To Govern The World Without World Government

Forget globalist fantasies — voluntary cooperation among nation-states is the only way humanity can survive, says Brazilian philosopher Roberto Unger. Noema Deputy Editor Nils Gilman and Associate Editor Jonathan Blake recently met with Harvard Kennedy School professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger to discuss his latest book, “Governing the World Without World Government.” Noema: Your new book makes the case for how we should produce global public goods without relying on what you call “globalism” — that is, the belief in the possibility of supranational government. While it is obviously the case that the sovereign nation-state remains the bedrock of national politics and … Continue reading How To Govern The World Without World Government

Anthropologists Reveal Why Women Around The World End Up Working Hardest

Young female sheep herder. (SAKDAWUT14/iStock/Getty Images Plus) By YUAN CHEN & RUTH MACE For most people around the world, physical work takes up a great amount of time and energy every day. But what determines whether it is men or women who are working harder in households? In most hunter-gatherer societies, men are the hunters and women are the gatherers – with men seemingly walking the furthest. But what’s the labour breakdown in other societies? We carried out a study of farming and herding groups in the Tibetan borderlands in rural China – an area with huge cultural diversity – to uncover which … Continue reading Anthropologists Reveal Why Women Around The World End Up Working Hardest

Why it matters that humans and nature are growing apart

Our relationship with nature is changing. UNSPLASH Our relationship with the great outdoors isn’t quite the same as it was a few decades ago. BY ZAYNA SYED Are people less connected to nature today than previous generations? And does a disconnect from nature influence how much we care about climate change, biodiversity loss, and other environmental issues?  These are questions at the heart of a new study from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research and the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station in France. Scientists reviewed existing studies that examine humans’ relationship with nature, and found that, overall, we have been interacting less with … Continue reading Why it matters that humans and nature are growing apart

Hyperconnected Culture And Its Discontents

Raw & Rendered Digital connectivity’s democratizing impact on the production, circulation and consumption of culture has been greatly exaggerated. BY ROGERS BRUBAKER, Rogers Brubaker is a professor of sociology at UCLA and the author, most recently, of “Hyperconnectivity and Its Discontents” (Polity, 2022), from which this essay is adapted. Digital hyperconnectivity — the condition in which nearly everyone and everything is connected to everyone and everything else, everywhere and all the time — has colonized the self, recast social interactions, reorganized the public sphere, revolutionized economic life and converted the whole of human culture into an unending stream of digital content served to us by personalized … Continue reading Hyperconnected Culture And Its Discontents

How To Protect The Economy When It Becomes Too Hot To Work

Billy Clark for Noema Magazine We will have to reorganize everyday economic life around what the human body can bear. BY JUSTIN H. VASSALLO Justin H. Vassallo is a writer and researcher who specializes in party systems and ideology, political economy, American political development, and modern Europe. Nearly every country and economic sector is heading for a tipping point that could derail efforts to decarbonize the economy: A time when it will be too hot to work for weeks every year, not just isolated days. Farm and outdoor workers, low-income people dependent on public transit and those who work indoors without adequate cooling … Continue reading How To Protect The Economy When It Becomes Too Hot To Work


Dr. Tim Coles, New Dawn Waking Times In Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley wrote that the slaves of the future are happy. Drugged and genetically modified, their personalities are blunted and their bodies and minds configured by a technocracy whose scientists design humans to maximise their outputs for the benefit of the ruling classes. Outside the world of fiction, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is an umbrella of multibillion-dollar, mostly US-based corporations and billionaires; a think tank in which the rulers of the world meet to discuss and try to shape the general direction of the global order. With permanent strikers … Continue reading LIFE IN THE POST-COVID WORLD ORDER

Quarterly Capitalism Can’t Compete With China

Most countries today have some form of national industrial strategy to ensure the well-being of citizens rather than just shareholders, and the United States needs one, too. BY RANA FOROOHAR Rana Foroohar is CNN’s global economic analyst and the global business columnist and associate editor for the Financial Times. This is a modified excerpt from her latest book, “Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World” (Crown, October 2022). In the United States, corporations capture the state. In China, the state rules corporations. It’s a One World, Two Systems paradigm that will continue to fundamentally change the global economy — and the … Continue reading Quarterly Capitalism Can’t Compete With China

What’s causing the alarming rise in cancer for adults under 50?

Certain cancers are striking earlier than they used to. By Ross Pomeroy Cancer is a life-altering condition, especially if you’re diagnosed when most of your life lies ahead of you. Luckily, just 9% of the nearly 2 million new cases of cancer each year occur in people 45 or younger. However, according to a recent study published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, that proportion is unfortunately increasing. The researchers behind it, based out of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, looked at global data for 14 cancers previously identified as increasing in prevalence amongst people aged 50 or younger: breast, colorectal, endometrium, oesophagus, extrahepatic … Continue reading What’s causing the alarming rise in cancer for adults under 50?

Against Localism In Food

The food system must shrink its footprint while remaining planetary in scope. BY PHILIP MAUGHAN PhilipMaughan is a writer based between London and Berlin. He is a co-founder of the food research platform Black Almanac. BERLIN — For the past few decades, fears over food security, food safety, the rights of farmers and the environment have fueled a growing consensus that we should all do more to “eat local.” This development is also being driven by what political scientist Chad Lavin describes in his 2013 book “Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics,” as fears over multiple collapsing “precious borders” — “borders between … Continue reading Against Localism In Food