Category: Economics

Calgary Dollars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kw6Oqr0FC4 Calgary Dollars is Calgary’s complementary currency system, started by the Arusha Centre in 1995, that brings together local talents and resources to strengthen our local economy and build community.

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Where Are Today’s Misemployment Figures?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SawYdOz1Wa8 When unemployment figures start to decrease in many countries, economists and governments congratulate themselves on their ability to ‘stimulate’ demand. This week, one London-based school that is devoted to teaching emotional intelligence responded by releasing a video that explores the distinction between good and bad demand, and ‘employment and misemployment’. They have uploaded the full script of the video on their website. I found this passage particularly inspiring.

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Ripping Yarns

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs. A few days ago, I visited the Flamborough Head “no take zone”, one of the UK’s three areas in which commercial fishing is prohibited. Here marine life is allowed to proliferate, without being menaced by trawlers, scallop dredgers, drift nets, pots and all the other devices for rounding it up, some of which […]

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World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware of why Britain’s (and other nations’) soils are becoming so depleted (if not, please see here and here, for example), and with the Western world standing on the precipice in regards to its food supply, it is insane […]

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Beware the Corporate Takeover of Seed Under Many Guises

New and existing legislations and treaties are increasingly restricting people’s food rights and eroding agricultural biodiversity in favour of a handful of big seed corporations that are already monopolizing the world’s seeds. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The UK hosted a festival across the country to celebrate and honour the humble seed. In London, the Lambeth Garden Museum hosted farmers, growers, food sovereignty campaigners, artists and chefs for 2 days of […]

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The Conservative Lorax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6uJkI9DE14 The Lorax, published in video form on our site here, is a much-loved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss — one with a strong environmental message (the original book version was banned in some schools and libraries in the US due to pressure by the forestry lobbies). Now, above, you can watch an updated version, where, I’m very sorry to say, you’ll discover that the Lorax, who formerly spoke for […]

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The Toll-Booth Economy

Corporate power is the real enemy within, but none of the major parties will confront it. The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, it becomes only stronger. On Friday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, claimed that business is under political attack on a […]

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Eradicating Ecocide – Sounding the Horn

Ecocide law, unlike any other law, has the capacity to disrupt what we perceive to be immoveable. How can we possibly decouple from fossil fuels, from economies based on making money out of heavy extractive industries, from businesses that are threatening to sue governments that refuse to allow them to destroy their lands? This is a question that is voiced in many different ways but the essence of it is […]

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The Kink in the Human Brain

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% its vertebrate wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) fails to tell us that there is something wrong with the way we live, it’s hard to […]

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Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

by Samuel Alexander, originally published on The Conversation Time to get off the economic growth train? Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever. This week’s Addicted to Growth conference in Sydney is exploring how to move beyond […]

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The Great Oil Swindle: What Happens When the Shale Boom Goes Boom?

The shale gas revolution was meant to bring lasting prosperity. But the result of the gas glut may be just a bubble, producing no more than a temporary recovery that masks deep structural instability. Originally published March 2013 Recent headlines in the US press about the coming economic boom heralded by the shale gas revolution would lead you to think we are literally swimming in oil. A spate of reports […]

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The High Price of Materialism (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGab38pKscw Further Reading: The Values of Everything The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, and the Ten Basic Needs Sucking Out Our Brains Through Our Eyes Commons Way of Life vs. Market Way of Life One Rolex Short of Contentment Growth is Obsolete

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