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Oppression exists within, as well as outside, ostensibly democratic countries. Yet because oppression is defined by liberal ideology as external to western societies, it remains difficult for many to acknowledge. Like the capitalism it enables, and as Yanis Varoufakis points out, neoliberalism facilitates both spectacular technological innovations and new forms of depravity. Self-interest is self-evident. But it is not all that motivates human beings. Indifference to the well-being of others entails personal costs as well as benefits for persons who are not sociopathic. It is in our own interests to work towards the type of societies in which the well-being of others is a high priority. If human beings act in ways which are unconscionable — if we lack or lose access to our consciences — what kind of people do we become?

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