The question is, how can we make employment fair for everyone?
- A new study from Russia's HSE University details the many disadvantages of freelancing.
- Problems with the gig economy include longer working hours, working on weekends and holidays, and no employee benefits.
- New legislation in California is attempting to address these issues, but may harm more than it helps.
A study of 323 uprisings against repressive regimes yields stunning insights.
- No democracy movement has ever failed when it was able to mobilize at least 3.5 percent of the population to protest over a sustained period
- At that scale, most soldiers have no desire to suppress protesters. Why? Because the crowd includes their family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
- With a population of 327 million, the U.S. would need to mobilize about 11.5 million people to assert popular, democratic power on the government. Could that happen?
In Upheaval, Jared Diamond points out the sad facts of American voter turnout.
- In his latest book, Upheaval, Jared Diamond points out that America's voter turnout is the lowest of all prosperous democracies.
- While Australia, Belgium, and Indonesia top at 90 percent voter turnout, America's average is around 60 — and that's only during presidential races.
- Local elections are even lower; the last Los Angeles mayoral race only turned out 20 percent of Angelenos.
Humans hate to surrender, but this clearly makes good sense.
- In a new Science article, three academics make the case for managed retreat due to climate change.
- Beginning the process now instead of waiting until it's too late will save money and lives.
- Indonesia is moving its capital from Jakarta to Borneo as the former city is sinking.
Without a country to belong to, many of these people lack some of the most fundamental rights.
- According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the world is host to 12 million people who don't officially belong to any state.
- People can become stateless through a variety of means, including racial discrimination, sexist nationality laws, voluntary choice, or bureaucratic accidents.
- Who are these millions of stateless individuals? What is life like for them? Can their situation be solved?