Feasta submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on climate

Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments by
Instead of playing catch-up to other EU countries as is currently the case, we believe Ireland could leapfrog them and establish itself as a visionary leader by taking a global view of the climate challenge and incorporating action on climate with substantive action on inequality and poverty, significant improvements to the quality and freshness of food, and greater overall prosperity and stability in Ireland and elsewhere.
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Stability and sharing: basic income in history

Aug 02, 2017 1 Comment by
Who knows how many people all over the world could make significant contributions to humanity if there was a basic income? A little financial stability could make an enormous difference, as we can see if we take a look at some examples from the past. By Caroline Whyte.
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Mismodelling human beings – “rational economic men” in love, politics and everyday life

Jul 22, 2017 Comments Off on Mismodelling human beings – “rational economic men” in love, politics and everyday life by
As the example of Britain after World War II shows, values shift according to social, economic and political conditions. This alone makes nonsense of the assumptions about human nature on which mainstream economics is based. By Brian Davey, from Credo.
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King Donald and his Court

Jul 12, 2017 Comments Off on King Donald and his Court by
Brian Davey argues that Trump's administration is a symptom of a crisis in US democratic institutions and US society, arising from over-complexity. This administration has made clever use of both old and new forms of media to galvanise support. Resistance needs to start on a local level.
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Negative Emissions Technologies: Curse or Salvation?

Jul 08, 2017 Comments Off on Negative Emissions Technologies: Curse or Salvation? by
Barry McMullin, who prepared this presentation, is involved an Dublin City University-based project that examines the potential for Negative Emissions Technologies in Ireland. He warns us to beware of "magical thinking".
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Biomass is a Common

Jul 03, 2017 Comments Off on Biomass is a Common by
In this excerpt from his book Towards a Convivial Economy, Patrick Noble critiques the widespread assumption that carbon sequestration is a virtue: "the central consideration for atmospheric carbon dioxide projections is not the mass of carbon. It is the mass of life."
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Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion

Jun 21, 2017 Comments Off on Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion by
"Transferring resources out of the luxury consumption of the rich is a necessary part of the process of finding the wherewithal for energy conservation work and for developing renewable energy resources," writes Brian Davey in a chapter from Credo that was written in 2014 but is still relevant now.
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End the Burning – Begin the Growing

Jun 14, 2017 Comments Off on End the Burning – Begin the Growing
Patrick Noble writes "Biofuels are a part of a fossil-fuelled hubris that cannot see why its extraordinary way of life must end. It turns blindly from burning one thing to wildly burning another. We’ve powered a way of life by combustion. It is the combustion (internal and external) which must end."
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The Future Monetary Ecosystem

Jun 08, 2017 Comments Off on The Future Monetary Ecosystem
Over the next generation or two, there will be increasingly visible turf wars between money-suppliers with four very different motivations. It's not really a fair fight, but it isn't as one-sided as it used to be. By Graham Barnes.
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Three generations left: human activity and the destruction of the planet: review

May 30, 2017 Comments Off on Three generations left: human activity and the destruction of the planet: review
This book gives a useful summary of the environmental and social challenges we're facing and emphasises their interconnectedness, while providing some glimpses of where we could go from here. By Caroline Whyte
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Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions

May 22, 2017 Comments Off on Economics as priesthood – a religion based on assumptions
Some of the ridiculous assumptions on which much of mainstream economics is constructed are explored in this chapter of Credo, by Brian Davey – for example the methodology that stresses individual decision-making, the assumption that decision-makers have the information that they need, the assumption of honesty, the default assumption of competition.
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Brexit and complexity

May 10, 2017 Comments Off on Brexit and complexity
Brian Davey draws on the work of Joseph Tainter and cybernetics research to argue that the least risky approach to Brexit is to follow Yanis Varoufakis' advice and go for an interim, off the peg solution.
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The Joke

Apr 26, 2017 Comments Off on The Joke
"How do we form a whole social system – its economy settling nicely inside its ecology? We don’t. Everyone does. Where economy meets ecology, is precisely where a tool meets its materials – that is by the fingertips and grasp of one pair of hands – that is - one’s own intelligent hands." By Patrick Noble.
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