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Why Marx was right, why you can’t have free trade and save the planet and more!

Published Date: 1 May 2018

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!


Duncan Collins-Adams: Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!

As we reach the bicentennial of Marx’s birth, what lessons might we draw from his dangerous and delirious philosophical legacy? What precisely is Marx’s lasting contribution? (via The New York Times, April 2018)

Solidarity economy

Julie Munk: Solidarity Economy: Building an Economy for People & Planet

How can a new economic model offer pathways toward a transformation of our economy into one that serves people and planet, not blind growth and private profits. (via The Next System Project, May 2018)

Universal basic income

Kendra Scheiner: Want a more equal society? Universal Basic Income might not be the policy you are looking for

The case for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has rapidly become part of mainstream political debate. The Labour Party is actively considering the policy, in the US it was revealed Hillary Clinton almost included it as a manifesto pledge. Trials have recently begun across the world, including close to home in Scotland. (via OpenDemocracy, April 2018)


Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: From Gezi Park to Grenfell, memes are changing how we protest

A new exhibition at the Design Museum on protest in the age of internet, which details the history of graphic design and its relationship with technology. (via WIRED, April 2018)


Duncan Collins-Adams: A Korean peace process is underway – but it still depends on the US and China

A look into some of the reasoning behind the Korean peace deal, and some of the challenges it could run into. (via The Conversation, April 2018)


Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: Why you can't have free trade and save the planet

An examination into the tricky impact of free trade on the environment, and the need to integrate conversations on economic growth and technological progress with global challenges of sustainability and inequality. (via The Conversation, April 2018)

Civil society

So Jung Rim: From the industrial revolution to the internet: putting power in people’s hands

Civil society?  We may not use this phrase every day, but it’s at the heart of our everyday lives – from churches to charities, social media to social enterprise, it’s so often where we find community, meaning and purpose. (via Civil Society Futures, April 2018)