Thinking Out Loud: Rentier Capitalism, Natural Capitalism, and Permaculture – A Few Observations

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Ecological destruction and environmental degradation are merely symptoms of a more profound structural economic problem endemic to industrialization and consumerism. As can readily be observed, these are systems based on a flawed operational and ideological premise that believes it can “generate profit” by consuming its capital — the most important being nature itself. Ostensibly, fossil… Read more »

Debt and Money: Facing the Music

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What is music? An agreement. What is debt? An agreement. They are the same thing. No, they aren’t the same. Let me explain. Music is an activity that people do together based on an agreement about the value of units of time, frequency of beats, frequency of tones, loudness and dynamics and the intervals between… Read more »

Elevation

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Who do Bono and the ONE campaign really represent: the very poor or the very rich? It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq(1,2,3). At one… Read more »

Prince Charles Attacks Monoculture Food Production Systems – A Speech at the Langenburg Forum on Regional Food Security, Germany

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May 27, 2013: Ladies and Gentlemen, if I may say so, this is a very important conference. I am sure what you have heard so far about the problems we face and the obstacles to tackling them has given you a clear context in which to be able to consider what comes next this afternoon…. Read more »

China’s Growing Hunger for Meat Shown by Move to Buy Smithfield, World’s Leading Pork Producer

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by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Half the world’s pigs—more than 470 million of them—live in China, but even that may not be enough to satisfy the growing Chinese appetite for meat. While meat consumption in the United States has fallen more than 5 percent since peaking in 2007, Chinese meat consumption has leapt 18… Read more »

How on Earth? Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit Economy by 2050

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by Donnie Maclurcan and Jen Hinton Imagine waking up in a world where you feel good about going to work, no matter the nature of your job. You feel positive and motivated, knowing that your work provides you with a livelihood that also contributes to the wellbeing of others in a way that respects the… Read more »

Genetically Modified Crops and Hunger – Another Look at the Evidence

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Genetically modified crops are hailed by their proponents as the basis for a “new green revolution”, and as the key solution to feeding the world in the face of population growth and the exhaustion of new sources of agricultural land. There is a massive volume of research and research literature around genetically modified crops, but… Read more »

La Nouvelle Trahison des Clercs

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When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. by George Monbiot In 1927 the French philosopher Julien Benda published a piercing attack on the intellectuals of his day. They should, he argued in La Trahison des Clercs (the treason of the scholars) act as a check on popular passions(1). Civilisation, he claimed, is possible only… Read more »

Via Dolorosa

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Corruption and short-termism are pushing us along the path of sorrows. by George Monbiot The records go back 800,000 years: that’s the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles extracted from Dome C, an ice-bound summit in the high Antarctic. And throughout that time there has been nothing like this. At no point in the… Read more »

The “Long Emergency”, Permaculture, and Towns that Food Saved

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by Andrew Willner We live in dangerous times, when economic collapse, climate chaos, and peak oil threaten the foundations of society, abundance, and all we hold dear. “Business as usual” will no longer suffice, because that way leads to certain pain, peril and impoverishment. Unspeakable acts of violence like the slaughter at the Sandy Hook… Read more »