January/February 2013

The feral rich



The feral rich... are always with us, but ever richer and more savage. With the war on the poor in full swing – under the rubric of 'austerity' - we are witnessing the rise of heartless plutocracy, and the seemingly inexorable increase of 'trickle upwards'. What can we do to stop the feckless rich, as they ravage economies to feather their nests? Should they be allowed to have children, given the carbon footprints they create? Do they need parenting lessons to instil their insulated offspring with core social values and basic self-discipline? Can we stop them looting not only present but future natural wealth? Is it possible to teach them when enough is enough? Next month's issue of New Internationalist tackles awkward questions like these.


無責任な富裕層が経済を荒廃させていく中で、どうすれば彼らの行為を止めることができるのだろうか?二酸化炭素の排出を増加させる富裕層が子どもを持つこ とを許すべきなのだろうか?過保護に育てられ世の中の現実を知らない彼らの子孫に、社会の中核となる価値観と基本的な自己規律を学ばせる必要はないのだろ うか?彼らが現在行っている天然資源の略奪だけでなく、将来的な略奪も阻止することはできないのだろうか?彼らに「足るを知る」ということを教えることは 可能なのだろうか? 







Stories making the news this month
6 Civil society crackdown
6 Govt aid for mines
7 Sierra Leone: election by SMS
7 Introducing Chinese leader Xi Jinping
7 Peru: Amazon lawsuit
8 Land rights clash in Honduras
8 Turkey's delinquent justice
9 Y ou are not a loan
9 Penis surcharge in New Zealand
PLUS: 20 years ago in the New Internationalist, Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone, and Reasons to be cheerful.

Mixed Media
27 The best music, books and films of 2012.

28 Film reviews
No, directed by Pablo Larrain; Midnight's Children, directed by Deepa Mehta; and West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg.

29 Music reviews
Get up! by Ben Harper; and Annelies by James Whitbourne.

30 Book reviews
Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra; Ten Days in Jamaica by Ifeona Fulani; After the Sheikhs by Christopher M Davidson; and Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain.

31 Also out there -
including Big Boys Gone Bananas!; Radi-Aid: Africa for Norway; and Palestinian film Five Broken Cameras.

The Big Story
The feral rich
10 The feral rich
How do they get away with it? Vanessa Baird investigates.

15 Help the rich, hate the poor
The war against the have-nots is going global, says Owen Jones.

18 The feral rich – how can we help them?
A 10-point action plan for policymakers, illustrated by Kate Charlesworth.

20 A ferocious sense of entitlement
Urvashi Butalia writes from India on what wealth does to our minds.

22 That's rich - The FACTS

25 Falling in love with tax
Some rich people are all for it. Nick Harvey reports on the growing desire for tax justice.

Regular Features
4 Letters
Cyber-bullying and internet safety; and why Israel chooses occupation over peace.

5 Letter from Botswana
Customary law needs to catch up with women's rights, says Wame Molefhe.

32 Country Profile: Swaziland

38 Steve Parry
Forty and still fighting.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.

34 Stitched up
Cambodia, a 'sweatshop-free nation'? Try telling that to its exploited workers, writes Heather Stilwell.

36 Showdown in the Amazon
Why are indigenous leaders at odds with their communities in the struggle to conserve their forest homes? Jane Monahan travels to Ecuador to find out.



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