David Goodhart coined two terms in the wake of the UK’s Brexit meltdown, to help explain the incomprehensible social divide that had seemingly sprung up overnight — the Anywheres and the Somewheres. According to Goodhart’s view, the Brexit referendum result can be understood as the long-awaited victory of the UK’s Somewheres over its Anywheres.
As the name implies, the Anywheres are people who could live anywhere and most often do. They are highly educated, universalist and have loose attachments to place or group. They’re individualistic, progressive and have an identity based on achievement rather than on belonging.
The Somewheres are…
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In economics, there is a concept called opportunity cost. It simply means that if you make a decision to invest your resources into something, you can’t do something else with those same resources.
Say, you have 100$ to spend and you decide to buy a pet rabbit, you won’t get to spend those 100$ on a cat, an iguana or a honey badger.
Or food, or clothes, or books, or charitable contributions, or a gift for your mom. …
We’re living in an age of abundance.
Though dating has never been easier, frustrations with it have never been more vocal and finding love has never seemed more treacherous.
When I first moved to London, I was dating online a lot because I didn’t have any friends (yep, total loser) but it was an honest-to-God excellent way to meet people who you’ve never otherwise had the chance to meet. It cuts through the initial stress and chat-up BS, and it’s simply a lot of young-Mark-Zuckerberg-inspired-Hot-or-Not fun.
It was entertaining to talk to so many people who wanted to know where…
We’re living in the most abundant times the world has ever seen, yet, a very great many of us consume our days in suffering, depression, and anxiety. It seems like there’s something we’re missing — something big.
I look at a few possible causes to our mysterious plight and one huge possible solution.
Most of us aren’t starving, aren’t freezing and aren’t subject to the whims of natural catastrophe when it comes to what to put on the table tomorrow. The global poverty rate had halved from 43% in 1990 to 21% in 2010 and a quick browse…
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About a year ago, I was pretty anxious.
I wouldn’t slap the “crippling” sticker on it, but it was severe enough to make me seek help.
I heard that cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, was an excellent way to banish my jittery demons. I found a highly rated therapist and started to step on the slow path to exorcize the excess stress hormones from my life.
CBT isn’t psychoanalysis. There’s no deep, probing chat about childhood trauma, no uncovering of daddy issues, no chaise longue. It’s a wartime therapy, a bombardment with a series of highly…
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2018 has been one of the best years of my life, in large part because of what I’ve learned. This continuous DIY education helped me change in myriad little ways and helped me understand a bit more about what’s going on in the world.
According to my semi-rigorous, semi-sloppy bookkeeping, I’ve read 47 books this year.
It was another of my typical non-fiction years, as the only fiction book I managed to finish was one I couldn’t wait to read: Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk. He’s a genius writer and the novel promised to…
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During Chairman Mao’s reign in China, he instituted a policy with the rather hubristic name: The Great Leap Forward. The intent was a complete overnight “ modernization” of the country’s traditional agricultural and industrial systems. But it didn’t take long for mass starvation and chaos to set in across China, as the overnight innovations failed spectacularly.
Mao then decided to take a different route.
Given that The Great Leap Forward was such a massive failure, Mao needed to consolidate his grip on power in the face of increasing opposition. In 1966, he began what…
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In the universe portrayed by the new Gillette ad, men have been oppressing women since the dawn of time and are still furiously at it, as we speak. It’s a story of our times, humming away, as the background noise of our culture.
In this world, patriarchy is like the weather, better on some days, but inescapable.
Then, in the midst of all this oppression, thankfully, Gillette offers a glimmer of hope: things are changing, some men have seen the light and have gotten over their testosterone poisoning.
A few decent guys are…
I was 11 when I figured out that everything was bullshit.
I was 28 when I realised — nothing was.
I remember her looking at me like I’d just told her to go to hell.
I remember her hesitation. Her total unpreparedness. The stinging hatred in her eyes.
And at the end, the final hit:
“Well, I’m not descended from monkeys. Maybe you and your family are.”
That’s the sound of reality cracking.
My third-grade Religion teacher just gave me the gift of light. Hallelujah!
All those sacred cows that the adults held dear, all the…
I was attacked by my driving instructor when I was 17.
My dad had just died, so I was a newly unprotected, naive young girl, and he was a 40-something sleazebag.
Looking back, I realise he was grooming me.
He was trying to convince me that everything was normal. “I’m just a friendly guy, I like to have good vibes in the car”, “There’s this one girl that’s suing me for sexual harassment, but she’s crazy, she’s misinterpreting things, I’m just an easy going guy”. Just a straight up cool dude.
I was young, and I was scared of…
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