Is it not the unequal distribution of power in society that has created a wide gap between the rich and the poor, which in turn has contributed to the increase in crime and corruption? Analysing these issues requires politicians who are competent social analysts, says Ronald Benjamin.
It is always important to ask the key question: who in society is benefiting from economic growth? This question, unfortunately, is not much asked these days. Instead, the obsession is only with growth, writes Toh Kin Woon.
We have lessons to learn from Latin America, a continent where political and economic ferment has been brewing. Francis Loh reports on a unique assembly of progressive intellectuals and artists in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.
There is a great poverty of vision in tackling the multi-dimensional complexity of current critical issues, observes William S W Lim. We must increase our awareness of exploitative unequal trade arrangements, the ‘profit-first’ orientation of multinational corporations and impending global climate disaster.