Feudalism – When Trade Begins with Brutality

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Trade, Poverty, and Inequality.” Feudalism is defined as “a system for structuring society around relationships derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labor.” Considering the effects of the feudal system in Pakistan, I would define feudalism…

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The Future of Europe: Growth and Enlargement

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “The Future of Europe.” The European Union has managed to bring stability to a problematic area of the world, and it did that through the magic of economics. Now, as the old continent faces several financial crises and European solidarity…

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How to Empower Women through Religion

Gaia by Anselm Feuerbach. Image in public domain. This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Can Religion Help Solve Global Problems?” If religions could be defined by a gender, they would definitely be female. You can go to any Catholic, Protestant, or Espírita event in Brazil, and…

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Poverty and Inequality Perceptions in Peru

This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Social Norms and Moral Principles to Reduce Poverty and Improve Equity.” Brayan Tapullima is twelve years old and lives happily on the banks of a river in the warm Peruvian jungle. Every day, he travels to the nearest school in…

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