As Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council knows, strange and wonderful things can happen when the general public is asked to make decisions. But some votes result in consequences rather more serious than naming your new ship Boaty McBoatface.
They come to “reclaim speech and public space… to take our place in the Republic.” They are unified by a system that they say has failed them, as well as a feeling of exclusion from the mainstream political system. They tell the press they will continue until the injustices they see in society—mostly based around democracy (or lack of it) and misrepresentation in the political system—are put right.
In 2014, researchers at MIT published data suggesting that, post-Snowden, Google users are increasingly reluctant to search for terms that might arouse the suspicion of the US government.The conclusion? We now think our online movements are being tracked by a higher power, and we’re starting to police ourselves.
Half of the 16 million people in Malawi, Africa, are living in poverty. They earn less than $1 per day, and they cannot access good medical attention. Yet Africa loses an estimated $14 billion in annual tax revenues—enough to save four million children’s lives a year and put every African child into school—because the rich put their wealth in tax havens like Panama.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, when global attentions will focus on the achievements of women, and the steps that still need to be taken to accelerate gender parity. But what would four of the most influential female writers of the past make of the issues affecting women today?