For over a century, social activists and trade-unions have battled for new rights, including those of women, and have fought for changes such as the universalisation of paid holidays and minimum wage. These victories have helped to counter the socially destructive force of an economic model that has drained our planet of all its resources, taking away our rights to a healthy existence and to the enjoyment of common goods by contaminating soil, air and water. Regardless of all of this, nowhere near enough is being done to improve the state of affairs. The situation continues to deteriorate in the industrialised world, whereas in newly industrialised countries little to no progress is being made. The new generations in rich countries are often underpaid, with poor labour ...