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Toilet paper entrepreneurs who bought in a rising market fear devastating losses as reduced demand for toilet paper wipes out the value of their assets.

The concern grows as increasing supply and reduced demand for toilet paper is reducing the asking price for this essential household good.

In March, supply…


Background music can make many experiences better. Board games are more enjoyable when accompanied by thematically-appropriate music. Cooking takes on a new life when done with tunes playing. And dancing, of course, is almost ineluctably intertwined with music. …


In addition to being a karaoke classic, The Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” is a veritable smorgasbord of allusive genius. The song abounds in philosophical and literary references, drawing from the deep well of human culture to tell a timeless story about the journey of love.

Closer to divinity

The song…


Mayor Hubert Humphrey speaking at the 1948 Democratic National Convention

In 1948, the US Democrats experienced unexpected electoral success after adopting an ambitious civil rights plank despite internal resistance. What does this tell us about the relationship between pragmatism and principle when it comes to electoral campaigning?

Australia, 2020

Australia’s Labor Party routinely takes a conservative stance towards people seeking asylum. Undermining…


Atypical is one of the richest, most emotive, and most engaging TV series out there. It manages to be laugh-out-loud funny, and it also moved me to tears at the rate of roughly once per three episodes. …


I chose to read Consider the Lobster in the heights or shall we say depths of a summer holiday. Free time weighed on my hands like honey on one of those useless honey serving wooden things which seem notably less effective than just using a spoon, not to mention that…


“Literature” is a construct. Sure, the concept exists and serves a function. But it’s pretty fuzzy. Some books are definitely in, some are definitely out, but it’s unclear why some are in and some are out and there are probably some on the boundary. …


The 2018 Queensland state election took place against a proposed new coal mine in Queensland, and a concerted national campaign against it. The mine’s proponent was Adani Group, of India, and the opponents: Stop Adani. Before the Queensland state election campaign began, Stop Adani succeeded in pushing Australia’s big four…


Hahrie Han’s Moved to Action (published in 2009) tackles the question of what motivates political participation by people who face significant barriers to participation. While some people have many resources that facilitate political participation (education, wealth, a political awareness), others don’t — and yet they still, in certain circumstances, become…


“Organising”, says Jane McAlevey, “is fundamentally about having hard conversations with people and not running away from hard issues.” Her latest book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, is true to this sentiment. In it, McAlevey outlines a critique of most contemporary union campaigning, using case…

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