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Our Changing World: Does It Pay to Be an Artist?

Picture: File Video There's never been a better time to become a recording artist. Recording is cheaper than ever; bands have direct access to fans and record labels are no longer gatekeepers. The same is true for visual art. More people are choosing to be artists, and last year the art market reached a record US$66 billion in global sales. But who is really benefitting from this brave new world? In the music industry, 99% of recording artists share 23% of global revenue, meaning that 1% share 77% of global...

We Shouldn't Reject Marx Too Quickly

Picture: Karl Marx courtesy Wikimedia Commons Video Most people agree that we need to improve our economic system somehow. Yet we're also often keen to dismiss the ideas of capitalism's most famous and ambitious critic, Karl Marx. This isn't very surprising. In practice his political and economic ideas have been used to design disastrously planned economies and nasty dictatorships. Nevertheless, we shouldn't reject Marx too quickly. We ought to see him as guide whose diagnosis of capitalism's ills helps us to navigate towards a more...

Toward a Fair Future Economy

Picture: Occupy Video David Graeber is an anthropologist, a leading figure in the Occupy movement and author of the book, Debt: The First Five Thousand Years. He addresses the current age of ‘total bureaucratization’, rife with rules and regulations, in which public and private power has gradually fused into a single entity whose ultimate purpose is the extraction of wealth in the form of profits. Graeber considers what it would take, in terms of intellectual clarity, political will and imaginative...

How Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Fortified Resistance Movements All Over the World

Picture: Joseph Karl Stieler Video Regarded as one of the most important works in Western classical music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, which includes lyrics from the poem “Ode to Joy”, has inspired resistance movements all over the world from Chile to China. Al Jazeera’s Witness has produced a fascinating documentary about the meaning that the symphony holds for activists from a diversity of backgrounds - all searching for freedom through fraternity. According to Al Jazeera: At...

Slavoj Zizek: World Faces New Apartheids If It Doesn't Change

Picture: Slavoj Zizek courtesy Robert Crc/flickr Video Radical philosopher Slavoj Zizek talks to RT's Oksana Boyko about hatred, love, freedom, violence, Western values and geopolitical change. The political correctness of the Western world solidifies hatred towards others, contends Zizek. Westerners claim to have great permissiveness whilst looking down on other cultures as primitive. However, the logic of political correctness in Western societies is highly constraining, he argues. As the conversation shifts to the notion of “divine...

What a Conservative Victory in the UK Means for Everyday People

Picture: Socialist Worker UK Video Talking about the implications of the Conservative Party victory in the UK’s 2015 general election, John Weeks, professor emeritus at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, argues amongst other things, that the Tory victory spells disaster for trade unions, as the Conservative Party will put more obstacles in the way of trade union organisation. "They’ll try to weaken the role of trade unions and continue to pursue an economic policy that favours...