Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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McEverest or Die! The Madness of Consumerism on the World’s Highest Peak

There have been media reports of a fight between Sherpas and climbers on the slopes of Mount Everest. Not surprised. Rich white men without compassion or mountaineering experience have been throwing dollars at the world’s highest mountain for a couple of decades now and the atmosphere at base camp is one of sloth, luxury and […]

Who owns the 21st Century?

Every day, we appear to be moving a little closer to a state of affairs where governments could become obsolete. Large parts of the world have always been ruled by people who don’t really qualify as governments, but in recent years, perfectly respectable rulers have also shown signs (not for the first time) that they […]

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