Category: Economics

A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics

That’s what the new rules being smuggled into trade agreements are delivering. by George Monbiot Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent ten minutes looking for my watch the other day, before I realised I was wearing […]

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Retrofitting a Small Town

For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people that are tired of living in these massive, hyper-urban environments that meet our basic needs […]

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Growth is Obsolete

Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity. The word that sticks in the craw of many who cogitate over economics is growth. The condition that the word refers to has proven disturbingly problematic in recent years, especially as the world’s population continues to expand exponentially and the global ecology suffers in response. In fact, Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) called economics “the dismal science” in direct reference to […]

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Syria Back-Story, Part I: Internal Displacement and the Story Framework

Editor’s Note: Some time ago I asked one of my permaculture contacts in Syria if they could give us some reports, with their particular on-the-ground views on the ongoing crisis there. I did so in the hope of our gaining a more rounded back-story viewpoint. With the mainstream media largely owned and controlled by vested interests, I think it’s critical that websites such as this one can be used as […]

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On Inequality and the Collapse of Globalization

Editor’s preamble: I want to preface the title article, The Collapse of Globalization, found further below, with the following two video presentations — both of which give some very interesting insights into how happiness, or, rather, the lack of it, is more directly connected to the relative inequality between indiduals and families within a particular state, than it is about absolute wealth or poverty. Worldwide, as the top 1% of […]

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Mainstream Media Strategy – a Summary

An image you’ll never see broadcast on CNN Will the day ever come where the mainstream media actually serves humanity, and not just plutocratic interests?

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Michael Sandel: Why We Shouldn’t Trust Markets With Our Civic Life (TED video)

In the past three decades, says Michael Sandel, the US has drifted from a market economy to a market society; it’s fair to say that an American’s experience of shared civic life depends on how much money they have. (Three key examples: access to education, access to justice, political influence.) In a talk and audience discussion, Sandel asks us to think honestly on this question: In our current democracy, is […]

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Elite Insurgency

The real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful by George Monbiot Subversion ain’t what it used to be. Today it scarcely figures as a significant force. Nation states are threatened by something else. Superversion: an attack from above.

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Scientific American Disinformation on GMOs

America’s most trusted science magazine is spreading disinformation on behalf of a failing and desperate industry, in utter disregard of scientific integrity and the overwhelming evidence of hazards to health and the environment. by Dr Mae Wan Ho, Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Prof Peter Saunders. Deceptively authoritative pronouncements not backed up by evidence, scientific or otherwise A recent editorial in Scientific American entitled “Labels for GMO Foods are a Bad […]

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What’s Holding Our Local Farmers Back?

As much as I love fresh local food, why isn’t there more of it? Why aren’t there more small farmers selling their amazing produce to their own communities? What’s stopping them? For sure, the local food movement is growing, but why is it still at the fringe of society? Or am I just being impatient? In my last post, I looked at excuses consumers make to justify their supermarket addiction. […]

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Climate Breakdown

How governments bemoan the problem but keep stoking the fires. by George Monbiot Already, a thousand blogs and columns insist that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new report is a rabid concoction of scare stories whose purpose is to destroy the global economy. But it is, in reality, highly conservative. Reaching agreement among hundreds of authors and reviewers ensures that only the statements which are hardest to dispute are […]

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The Hour is Darkest just before Dawn: Crisis as Opportunity

The Festival of Ideas is on at the University of Melbourne at the moment, and I was invited to give a short talk, envisioning how Australia made the transition to a low-carbon society by the year 2033. Here is the transcript: As I look back from the year 2033, I would like to be able to tell you that the transition to our low-carbon society was smooth and rational. I […]

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