The Thesis of Dominant Culture: Eurocommunism, Weltanshauung and Zeitgeist (VIDEO)

INTRODUCTION The discourse on non -western cultural expression, its ontology and its fundaments are consistently hijacked by proponents of what I call Eurocommunists; leftist forces in and outside Western academia in fact challenged proponents of capitalism and Western culture nothing more, nothing less. The silence of non-western scholarship in this discourse became cloaked by writers [...]

Why a Doughnut Now?

Kate Raworth is a Senior Researcher of Oxfam Great Britain. In a recent discussion paper she has proposed a metaphorical doughnut as a safe and just space for humanity to thrive (Full discussion paper can be downloaded here). ‘Can we live within the doughnut?’ Kate asks, presenting a visual framework – shaped like a doughnut [...]

Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico Face Threats, Violence

A Background Paper by Andrea Medina Rosas and Laura Carlsen I. INTRODUCTION Mexico is facing a major human rights and humanitarian crisis. Fifty thousand people have been murdered in the war on drugs just since 2007. Thousands more have been displaced, orphaned and forcibly disappeared. Mexican society is divided by fear between those who welcome [...]

How to change the culture of aid

System thinking in quadrants In order to measure aid organisations (bilateral, multilateral, donors, NGOs) I would like to present my personal quadrants. Quadrant The quadrants are divided by two axes. On one side I have put qualitative reports and on the other side quantitative reports. In my opinion; qualitative is the same as to inform [...]

The fallacies of classical Marxism, ideas on imperialism and development

Introduction Why are studies on colonialism, decolonization, imperialism and development imbibed by Marxism? Is it because Marxism is viewed as a ubiquitous and benign theory apt to explain all kinds of social injustice, ranging from slavery and poverty to the malfunctioning of colonial institutions and political systems. Is it possible that Classical Marxism as theory [...]

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