Category: Alternatives to Political Systems

The Shared Patterns of Indigenous Culture, Permaculture and Digital Commons

by David Bollier Joline Blais Rarely have I read an essay that knits together some very different commons with such wisdom and depth. Joline Blais’ 2006 essay, “Indigenous Domain: Pilgrims, Permaculture and Perl,” is a wonderfully insightful analysis that reveals the underlying unity and logic of commons principles. Her piece appeared in Intelligent Agent (vol. 6, no. 2), published by the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts. Blais’ essay is valuable […]

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Living, Green and Circular

The new Truly Green Economy needs to be modeled after and embedded within the circular economy of nature to generate and regenerate wealth for people and planet. by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho Note: A fully illustrated and referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The linear economy and the circular economy The world’s economy is on the brink of financial […]

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How Freedom Became Tyranny

Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to […]

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Unmasking the Press

The corporate newspapers are the elite’s enforcers, misrepresenting the sources of oppression. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Have we ever been so badly served by the press? We face multiple crises – economic, environmental, democratic – but most newspapers represent them neither clearly nor fairly. The industry which should reveal and expose instead tries to contain and baffle, to foil questions and […]

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Slash and Burn Capitalism

Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What sort of a world would George Osborne like to live in? I imagine him fantasising about the Republic of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Unprotected workers, assigned their places in a fixed social system, crawl over toxic waste dumps, while […]

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Big Farmer

The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What would you do with £245? Would you a. use it to buy food for the next five weeks?, b. put it towards a family holiday?, c. use it to double your annual savings?, or d. give […]

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The Self-Attribution Fallacy

Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples […]

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The Story of Broke

We’ve seen The Story of Stuff, The Story of Electronics and The Story of Cap & Trade. Now Free Range Studios brings their latest entry — The Story of Broke. If the first three videos are commentary on economics run amuck, this latter one is commentary on what comes after…. (Hint: economic collapse.) The focus here, however, is that we’re not in as big a mess as it seems, if […]

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Take the Money Out of Politics!

We’ve been watching our leaders sell out to corporate, extractive interests for so long, it’s almost numbingly normal to us. For example, last year, in the U.S., we saw what appears to be one of the last nails in our socio-economic and environmental coffin, that being the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws restricting corporate influence over politics, thereby granting corporations the right to give unlimited funding to the […]

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