The Punishment of Nemesis

Jul 02, 2018 2 Comments by
"Certain stories recur in the history of humanity – and one of the most dramatic and traumatic is that of hybris," writes Brian Davey. "Hybris is a drama brought about by actions motivated by excessive pride – for example the overestimation by leaders - and the society or institutions in their charge - of their power."
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Confessions of a Rentier

Jun 28, 2018 Comments Off on Confessions of a Rentier by
"Most of the progressive thinkers and writers I look to for insight deprecate rentiers (or so I believe). I am a rentier. How should I feel?" asks Graham Barnes.
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The tales of history are a dead-end road

Jun 20, 2018 2 Comments by
"Culture is what people do. It decays when people stop culturing. Changing a culture means changing what we do. Often, that will need a step by step transition as we negotiate obstacles. Even though we follow some backward meanders, the river may flow on." By Patrick Noble.
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Father’s Day thoughts on Star Wars, religion, and basic income 

Jun 14, 2018 Comments Off on Father’s Day thoughts on Star Wars, religion, and basic income  by
Mike Sandler draws on the work of linguist George Lakoff to argue that "maybe it’s time to rethink the conventional wisdom received from our fathers about religion, strict father politics, the idea that hard work at a job equals self-worth or that many of those jobs can even provide a reasonable livelihood without basic income."
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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability by Yanis Varoufakis – review

Jun 01, 2018 Comments Off on And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability by Yanis Varoufakis – review by
This book is well worth reading if you're interested in how the Eurozone got into such a mess, although it ignores a very important source of financial instability - the relationship between money and energy - and it paints an overly rosy picture of the role that the US has played in the global economy over the past century. By Caroline Whyte.
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Time and temporal inequality

May 29, 2018 Comments Off on Time and temporal inequality by
Temporal inequality is a little noticed feature of our society. Poor people wait for things – the well-off are waited on. Temporal inequality is crucial to understanding people’s time choices. By Brian Davey, from Credo.
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What does ‘Feasta’ mean?

May 15, 2018 Comments Off on What does ‘Feasta’ mean? by
This year, 2018, is a special year for Feasta as it celebrates 20 years since its founding. The name 'Feasta', which translates from the Irish as 'henceforth' or 'from now on', is associated with an 18th-century poem that touches on many core themes within our organisation. By Seán Ó Conláin.
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FEASTA Turns 20: food policy, sustainability, and basic income – a U.S. perspective

May 09, 2018 Comments Off on FEASTA Turns 20: food policy, sustainability, and basic income – a U.S. perspective
Mike Sandler describes some of Feasta's goals with regard to food policy, and how these could be applied to the U.S.
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The ninety percent and the tithe

Apr 27, 2018 Comments Off on The ninety percent and the tithe
Patrick Noble thinks it probable that as GDP (spending) shrinks, things such as "bed time stories, knowledge, handshakes, gossip, sympathy, empathy, shared pleasures – raised glasses, a pub chorus, birdsong, a walk to the hilltop, a stroll on the shingle, good cooking and gardening" will expand and as they do so, happiness can expand.
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Cursed to live in interesting times

Apr 17, 2018 Comments Off on Cursed to live in interesting times
Brian Davey connects the fall in the growth rate, with its roots in the rising costs of energy extraction and generation, to declining resilience in the economic system. He argues that these are in turn related to a more conflict ridden geo-politics. There is an increased vulnerability to shocks which will be catastrophic unless and until there is a new conventional wisdom in society about what is wrong and what has to be done about it.
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From Ivory Tower to global problem solver – aligning academia to the Sustainable Development Goals

Apr 13, 2018 Comments Off on From Ivory Tower to global problem solver – aligning academia to the Sustainable Development Goals
A significant portion of the American electorate is seemingly alienated from academia. Conspiracy theorists and talk (hate) radio have seemingly co-opted a portion of the rural working class. What is to be done? By Mike Sandler.
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Indigenous economics

Apr 06, 2018 Comments Off on Indigenous economics
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey explores the reasons why, on a global level, the most committed environmental campaigners tend to be indigenous people such as tribal societies and the First Nations in Canada. He contrasts the mentalities of people that belong to places vs the mind-set of the population when places belong to people.
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Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process

Mar 23, 2018 Comments Off on Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process
We argue that in order to achieve its new objectives, CAP policymakers need to collaborate with other high-level EU and global bodies so as to establish a core economic framework that would include Cap and Share, a basic income, land value tax, debt-free money issuance and reforms to the international trading organisations.
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