Liberty Mutual, get your head out of the tar sands!

The Cooperative Society NewsletterNovember 2020, Issue 25by E.G. Nadeau, Ph.D. Those of you who live in the U.S. are probably familiar with a series of inane TV ads featuring an emu and his intellectually challenged human partner. The ads are for Liberty Mutual, a Boston-based insurance company that is one of the largest in the world.Continue reading “Liberty Mutual, get your head out of the tar sands!”

Violence in the Year of COVID-19

The Cooperative Society NewsletterSeptember 2020, Issue 24by E.G. Nadeau, Ph.D. The Cooperative Society Project tracks a variety of measures that indicate whether life is improving for people and the planet. One of these measures is “conflict.” The purpose of this newsletter is to take a look at how things are going related to this measureContinue reading “Violence in the Year of COVID-19”

Africa is managing COVID-19 very well so far

The Cooperative Society NewsletterJuly 2020, Issue 23by E.G. Nadeau Why an article on the coronavirus in Africa? Two reasons: I have spent much of my 50-year co-op career living and working in about 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, so I have a personal interest. Secondly, there is not a lot written in the Western pressContinue reading “Africa is managing COVID-19 very well so far”

Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis?

The Cooperative Society NewsletterMay 2020, Issue 22by E.G. Nadeau Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis? One’s first tendency is probably to respond, “No way! The pandemic will set back our efforts to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.” But there are several reasons to think that getting the virus under controlContinue reading “Will the coronavirus pandemic help us to solve the climate crisis?”

Announcing The Cooperative Society 2020 Report

The Cooperative Society NewsletterMarch 2020, Issue 21by E.G. Nadeau and Luc Nadeau The Cooperative Society 2020 Report was released on March 24. Download the full report here [ddownload id=”429″] Following is the report’s executive summary: Is the world on the verge of a new stage of human history, one characterized by cooperation and equitable accessContinue reading “Announcing The Cooperative Society 2020 Report”

Three Excruciating Years of Trumpus Rex

The Cooperative Society NewsletterJanuary 2020, Issue 20by E.G. Nadeau In January 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.  At the same time, with much less fanfare, The Cooperative Society Project launched its first bimonthly newsletter by making a set of predictions about the Trump presidency, entitled Trumpus Rex: A DamageContinue reading “Three Excruciating Years of Trumpus Rex”

How have we been doing lately on reducing conflict in the world?

The Cooperative Society NewsletterNovember 2019, Issue 19by E.G. Nadeau The short answer to this question is: There have been minor improvements in the last few years. Let’s review the numbers and a few examples. To provide a longer answer, it is important to distinguish between two kinds of violence: Deaths from armed conflicts, and homicides.Continue reading “How have we been doing lately on reducing conflict in the world?”

Beware of “isms”

The Cooperative Society Newsletter September 2019, Issue 18 by E.G. Nadeau Far too often, people use the same words, but mean very different things. This can be confusing, even dangerous, especially in the world of politics. With the lead-up to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections in the United States, it is particularly timely toContinue reading “Beware of “isms””

Is Repression an Inevitable Part of China’s Domestic Rule? Not Necessarily.

The Cooperative Society Newsletter July 2019, Issue 17 by E.G. Nadeau A friend and I visited China as tourists in April of this year. Our itinerary included the south-central part of the country, Hong Kong, Tibet, Beijing, and a hike on the Great Wall. China is impressively modern in many ways – shiny new airports,Continue reading “Is Repression an Inevitable Part of China’s Domestic Rule? Not Necessarily.”

Problems with the UN’s 2019 population report

The Cooperative Society Newsletter June 2019, Issue 16 by E.G. Nadeau The United Nations “World Population Prospects 2019” is hot off the press. But it is lukewarm in terms of some key methodological and strategic issues – in particular, long-term trends of overestimating population growth and underestimating people’s willingness to change their reproductive health practices. The reportContinue reading “Problems with the UN’s 2019 population report”