Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income

Nov 30, 2017 No Comments by
Anne Ryan argues that a basic income is essential in order to enable us to achieve a sane, humane and ecological society worldwide.
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The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing: review by Brian Davey

Nov 20, 2017 1 Comment by
This book is a powerful attack on rentier capitalism and, very explicitly, a call to revolt. Standing is at his best describing the features of crony capitalism that are totally different from the neo-liberal story of free markets that justifies it. While a very informative read, the analysis urgently needs to be expanded if the emerging commons movement is to be able to adapt to the limits to growth.
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Commons in the political mainstream?

Nov 16, 2017 Comments Off on Commons in the political mainstream? by
There is a good chance that a new Labour government in the UK will introduce widespread measures to revive the commons. This would be quite revolutionary, but in what context would the new policies be launched and how would they be countered by the political economic elite? And how should a future Labour government act to forestall problems arising from the limits to economic growth? By Brian Davey.
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Qualitative Easing : The Urgent Need to Pick Winners

Nov 13, 2017 Comments Off on Qualitative Easing : The Urgent Need to Pick Winners by
Graham Barnes identifies some of the challenges to effective investment that we're currently facing, and suggests two potential remedies: the re-emergence of the direction-setting state and the growth of value-based currencies.
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Feasta submission to the Irish National Planning Framework for 2040

Nov 13, 2017 Comments Off on Feasta submission to the Irish National Planning Framework for 2040 by
We welcome the Plan’s emphasis on revitalising brownfield and other disused urban sites, on regional development, and on strengthening public transport and bicycle infrastructure. We would urge that more emphasis be placed on the economics of energy - specificially, the easing of pressure on the transport sector - and on the need to democratise infrastructure.
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In search of the good ordinary wine and the good ordinary household

Nov 07, 2017 Comments Off on In search of the good ordinary wine and the good ordinary household by
"[The] life of verbs – of individual contributions to a culture, which together make the whole is what beckons me. The complexity and sheer number of verbs are more powerful than any single mass of nouns which government or corporation (as a verb) could coerce from its people, or those people could amass as property, " writes Patrick Noble.
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Ireland’s first climate lawsuit is potentially a historic turning point

Oct 24, 2017 2 Comments by
Feasta climate group members warmly welcome the news that Friends of the Irish Environment has launched a legal action campaign against the Irish government’s failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. We hope this will lead to substantive action by the government.
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Significant discrepancies between Irish peoples’ overall well-being and Irish GDP levels during the period 2000-2014, according to new study published by Feasta and FEST

Oct 18, 2017 4 Comments
A newly-developed National Well-being Index finds that well-being in Ireland flatlined and even diminished slightly during peak GDP years 2001-2004. The index takes housework, voluntary work, healthcare, education and environmental damage into account.
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Reflections on the Compassion in World Farming conference, October 5-6 2017

Oct 15, 2017 Comments Off on Reflections on the Compassion in World Farming conference, October 5-6 2017
Martin Peck questions the wisdom of replacing industrially-farmed and processed meat with industrially-farmed and processed plant-based food. Instead he argues that farmers should adopt agroecological, organic, regenerative and mixed farming practices. This would significantly lower their carbon footprint and would also result in healthier food for everyone.
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Ireland continues on its grotesquely unjust and irresponsible trajectory with regard to climate change

Oct 14, 2017 Comments Off on Ireland continues on its grotesquely unjust and irresponsible trajectory with regard to climate change
There are so many positive things the Irish government could be doing about climate change - instead of its current mealy-mouthed, unrealistic approach. By Caroline Whyte.
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Democracy In Chains : A review of Nancy MacLean’s book subtitled ‘The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America’

Oct 10, 2017 Comments Off on Democracy In Chains : A review of Nancy MacLean’s book subtitled ‘The deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America’
"Other reviewers have called this book 'unsettling'. I'd go along with that. For those of us who tend to favour the cock-up interpretation of history over conspiracy theories, its a discomforting wake-up call." By Graham Barnes.
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The future of renewable energy

Oct 02, 2017 1 Comment
Brian Davey argues that it will be difficult to bring a new, renewables-based energy sector into existence when the economy is stagnant and people will struggle to afford expensive innovation. Paradoxically in these circumstances it is likely to be many older technologies that will make sense again - perhaps in a reworked form.
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The tyranny of enlightenment

Sep 18, 2017 1 Comment
"My new tale to call us back (and then forward) is no less than a journey to reclaim the soul – that is personally and communally as a culture. It is not how to steer clear of the iceberg, but how to return our tickets and disembark," writes Patrick Noble.
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