George Monbiot: To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

Our political system protects and enriches a fantastically wealthy elite, much of whose money is, as a result of their interesting tax and transfer arrangements, in effect stolen from poorer countries, and poorer citizens of their own countries. Ours is a semi-criminal money-laundering economy, legitimised by the pomp of the lord mayor’s show and multiple layers of defence in government. Politically irrelevant, economically invisible, the rest of us inhabit the margins of the system. Governments ensure that we are thrown enough scraps to keep us quiet, while the ultra-rich get on with the serious business of looting the global economy and crushing attempts to hold them to account.

- from The Guardian

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Epic Barcelona design exhibition in giant tank is epic #bjdw

Epic Barcelona design exhibition in giant tank is epic #bjdw

A constellation of mop-haired fraggle-faced Tillandsias floating in space. Curated by Wang Wei.

A constellation of mop-haired fraggle-faced Tillandsias floating in space. Curated by Wang Wei.

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I did but see her passing by, but I will wonder what the hell that was about till I die - Menzies

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Guys it's hard to beat MEETING THE GREATEST ARTIST IN THE WORLD EARLIER but 798/751 is coming pretty bloody close.

WOAH. @aiww

WOAH. @aiww

Steamboat pants.

Steamboat pants.

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Tonight we went full Olympic. We walked the "road of design" as the #Strayan delegation and signed the "wall of design icons" as lasers shot out of the Millennium Death Ray and a woman bucked a giant metal horse. It was something.

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Glowing spacey fashions by Vega ZaiShi Wang #bjdw

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Radiant stool by Christian Melz #bjdw

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Stylin ye olde selfies compiled by Thomas Sauvin, AMC2 #bjdw

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Tianenmadness: the view from our receptionLOLs #bjdw

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MYSSSSSTical dry ice dates #cauldron #i'llgetumypretties

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A) Infinite Jest or B) guide to Beijing Design Week #bjdw

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Tiny pants, big model.

YUP!

YUP!

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This is a bit of 400 year old wall from the Ming Dynasty. At the top there is a turret for firing arrows at yr enemies, but these days it's a gallery and an Aussie runs it. #straaaaaya

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Shen Jing Dong, Navy Army Airforce

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THE PANTS!

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#liontickles #whoisalilticklebot? #uralilticklebot!

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Squirmy squiggly wiggly wormy somehow sexy fossilized thing: u make my heart sing.

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These awesome green n gold faux bamboo tiles = my fave bit of the Forbidden City ️

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#overwhelmed #transcultural @foodfacey

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Mella Jaarsma, Shaggy.

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