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Don’t go abroad and complain it’s not like home.

Simon Kuper outlines his rules for traveling abroad.
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Why Europe works

Of course China is growing faster than Europe. It’s easy to grow fast if you starve and impoverish your people, and then suddenly introduce a free market with imported technology, international trade and almost no environmental controls. That’s catch-up.

Good artists copy. Great artists steal. China is accelerating faster than all of us but will the Big Bang approach pay off? There’s something about Europe’s integration that’s more gradual, and natural, kind of like the 50 States.

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People once defined themselves by their job, church, nation and family. But in these secular, jobless, globalised times when ever more of us live alone, we are no longer very sure who we are.

Simon Kuper explores today’s identity crisis for the middle class.

My 2 cents: A job may be part of your identity but never let a job define who you are.

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Tweets Mean Nothing Without Action

Computers and Twitter have created “slacktivism.”.

If you’re watching a screen, you’re probably not making revolution.

We’re glued to our seats slothfully voicing our opinion on Twitter and Facebook without actually doing the work.

It’s one of the biggest ironies of our time, that the Internet has inspired opinion but so few are actually doing anything about it. A Tweet is a passive action. Imagine Rosa Parks sitting at the back of the bus Tweeting out her frustration instead of taking a stand and securing her front row seat. A real-world action is the only world-changing statement.

Nevertheless, the incredible benefit of social networks is the launch of major movements and sustained momentum, as we saw with SOPA. The disagreement online was relentless, and lawmakers had no choice but to cave into sentiment and squash the proposed law. In this case, people that ordinarily couldn’t reach Washington sat from their computers and blasted their vented frustration away, in the millions of emails and calls to senators. Online mass is an incredible surging force of big change.

We’ll always have the lazy online vocalists and the actual doers of change. But they need to work more in tandem. There needs to be a better way to organize online opposition into physical street teams, the ones that revolutionize in the streets. All permanent change requires physical force.