Category: Economics

Let’s Talk About Collapse

I’m a reasonably even tempered sort of a bloke, but recently I’ve been feeling a bit, well, shall we say, unsettled. The feelings began after reading David Holmgren’s essay Crash on demand. It was no less than a moral call for action. At first the article really irritated me and I couldn’t quite put a finger on it. It wasn’t even that I reckon calls for action based on morals […]

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Building the New Commons

Humanity’s strength is in groups. In fact, It is our way of cooperating and communicating together in small and large groups that has allowed us to become a dominant form of life on Earth.

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The Impossibility of Growth

Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other. Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham(1). Go on, take a guess. […]

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How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today. It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been derailed […]

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Are We Bothered?

The more we consume, the less we care about the living planet. That didn’t take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did. A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three issues of concern rose from 6% in mid-January to 23% in mid-February. By early April […]

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Democracy and Diversity Can Mend Broken Food Systems – Final Diagnosis from UN Right to Food Expert

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” […]

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This Collapse is a ‘Crisis of Bigness’

Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. by Paul Kingsnorth The results of half a century of debt-fuelled “growth” are becoming impossible to convincingly deny, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No one wants to be the first to say the dam is cracked beyond repair. To […]

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Divest from Monsanto this Friday, May 9th, 2014! (USA)

We have teamed up with Food Democracy Now! and others to tell Wall Street to Dump Monsanto this Friday. Read more for how you can take action too! Did you know? Millions of hardworking Americans, maybe even yourself, are investing their hard-earned income in the stock market in an effort to save for their children’s college fund or their retirement nest egg to provide financial stability for the future. Unfortunately, […]

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The Art of Advertising

Let’s face it, we are surrounded by ingenious advertisements. Whether you drive or surf the net, you will inevitably be bombarded, and most probably influenced, by them. I invite you to look beyond what you see and remember that advertising, filmmaking and photography are powerful art forms. To illustrate my point, I have compiled two videos. The first one will show you how easy it is to build inspiring and […]

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Report: Energy, Work and Finance

Click to download report (2.6mb PDF) Politicians and environmental activists often make it seem as if a transition to a green, climate-friendly energy future were primarily a matter of finding and deploying trillions of dollars to replace fossil fuels, improve energy efficiency, solve energy poverty, and so on. But they seldom ask just what these "trillions" might consist of, what ATM they might come from — and what damage attempts […]

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Reframing the Planet

People who think they are protecting nature by costing it are stepping straight into the destroyers’ trap. George Orwell warned that “the logical end of mechanical progress is to reduce the human being to something resembling a brain in a bottle”(1). This is a story of how it happens. On the outskirts of Sheffield there is a wood which, some 800 years ago, was used by the monks of Kirkstead […]

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Planned Obsolescence – The Foundation of Modern Consumer Society

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfbbF3oxf-E?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> The Light Bulb Conspiracy – Planned Obsolescence (Duration: 53 minutes) ‘Planned obsolescence’ is the deliberate shortening of a product life span so that customers are compelled to buy new products. The sole intention: to make profits. It all started a century ago, when in the late 1920s a group of businessmen came up with a concept — a product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy […]

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