Specialisation and trade – David Ricardo versus Frederich List

Mar 25, 2017 No Comments by
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey explores the historical roots of the theory that free trade is inherently beneficial, and describes seven factors that tend to be left out of arguments in favour of free trade.
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2016 Annual Report

Mar 20, 2017 No Comments by
Our latest Annual Report is online now. It includes updates on our projects, events, publications, submissions and other activities in 2016. (PDF format, 2.7 MB)
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Entrepreneurship in the social and solidarity economy

Mar 08, 2017 No Comments by
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey describes how co-operatives employ more people than multinationals and provide services to 3 billion people weekly. They also tend to last longer than other forms of enterprise. While not perfect, their existence is a clear challenge to authoritarianism and they have been considered a dangerous threat by dictators over the past century.
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The Music of Narcissus

Mar 01, 2017 No Comments by
"Ordinary history had an idle elite dependent on the rest. The brief oil perversity has the rest dependent on an idle elite" writes Patrick Noble in this extract from his book, Towards a Convivial Economy. "We can evacuate most of what the oil enclosure provides and begin step by step to make things and grow things without oil."
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Journey to Earthland: review by Mark Garavan

Feb 18, 2017 Comments Off on Journey to Earthland: review by Mark Garavan by
This book by Paul Raskin constructs a possible future world scenario not so much as a prediction but as a map which we can use if we can mobilise collectively into a common movement which leads the human community forward. Perhaps, as Raskin suggests, it is only now – when finally everything is at stake – that progressive forces can finally mobilise on the scale needed. Meanwhile, the planet itself is moving and becoming active whether we respond or not.
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Entrepreneurship – the narrative of creative destruction

Feb 14, 2017 Comments Off on Entrepreneurship – the narrative of creative destruction by
In this chapter from Credo, Brian Davey argues that the role of the entrepreneur changes over time and that, at their most powerful, they seek to co-opt officials and politicians for their agendas. Management can be exercised through over centralised control freakery or via distributed decision-making systems. Many entrepreneurs and managers are psychopaths, and criminals are entrepreneurs too. In the modern world, control fraud i.e. looting your own company is not uncommon.
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End of the “Oilocene”: The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it.

Jan 22, 2017 10 Comments by
Tim Clarke draws on recent research on fossil fuel extraction to argue that the global oil industry in deep trouble. Since oil plays such a key role in the world economy, since 2008 any semblance of economic growth has been fuelled by astronomically greater quantities of debt . The challenge Ireland and other countries will soon face is managing a fast economic and energy contraction and implementing sustainability on a massive scale whilst maintaining social cohesion.
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Lean Logic and Surviving the Future: Reviews by Mark Garavan

Jan 14, 2017 Comments Off on Lean Logic and Surviving the Future: Reviews by Mark Garavan
Mark Garavan writes "these two books offer a wonderful summation and presentation of [Davd] Fleming’s life work. He is always stimulating and always provocative," and that the books "provide us with a vision of a world coming into being."
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Carbon markets at the end of 2016 – what can we expect in the future?

Jan 02, 2017 Comments Off on Carbon markets at the end of 2016 – what can we expect in the future?
Sadhbh O'Neill, who attended the COP-22 climate summit in Marrakesh, provides some thoughts on the limitations of carbon trading; not only does trading completely fail to address the ethics of climate change, but it fails in terms of climate policy too. Among her conclusions: "we need a whole-society, whole-industry mobilisation of effort (the kind of effort that reduces emissions rather than increasing them) and probably rationing of scarce non-renewable energy resources."
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Questioning The Free Trade Mantra

Dec 12, 2016 1 Comment
Graham Barnes presents three reasons for challenging the narrative that restrictions on trade are never justifiable, and goes on to argue that the potential rebalancing of an economy - away from over-financialisation towards productive activity and especially stuff of life end product like food and energy - could create its own success story/ case study and encourage others. Changing our money system would help to achieve this.
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Water Commoning – Extending the public debate about water policy in Ireland

Dec 05, 2016 Comments Off on Water Commoning – Extending the public debate about water policy in Ireland
Feasta's new Water Commoning Group aims to extend the debate about water policy in Ireland and to establish water commoning as something worthy of serious and critical consideration.
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The Climate Crisis and Economic Policy Choices

Dec 01, 2016 Comments Off on The Climate Crisis and Economic Policy Choices
Brian Davey, in Credo, argues that carbon emissions will never fall at a sufficient rate in a growth economy. Unfortunately, the EU operates a climate policy framework, the EU Emissions Trading System, that was designed by BP and it doesn’t work. Policies that might work were the political will there are described. However, the fossil fuel industry still has a stranglehold on policy.
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Prejudice, Ignorance and Granfalloons – Society in the Trump Era

Nov 24, 2016 Comments Off on Prejudice, Ignorance and Granfalloons – Society in the Trump Era
Energetic and ecological limits are mostly unknown because they are taboos. It would be great if people found out more about these limits because responding to them seems to me to be the most pressing of all agendas for society. What is more likely however is that the bulk of the population will now pre-occupy themselves with granfalloons instead – and plenty of very educated people will help them. By Brian Davey.
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