The good life or the ballot? Both you say? I say the good life first, the ballot second.

Jan 23, 2018 No Comments by
Patrick Noble argues that political engagement should be secondary to discovering what is the good life and then living it. "That will be a process of trial and error – new truths are discovered by new errors. How do we know where to begin? Why not start with the question – what is happiness?"
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Ethical disconnection and re-connection – corporations as “people” and NGOs

Jan 16, 2018 No Comments by
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey describes the mechanisms that allow corporate actors to distance themselves from responsibility from their anti-social and anti-environmental choices – for example the role of corporate personhood and evasions of regulation, taxation and control. NGOs and Civil Society Organisations have evolved to counter unethical corporate choices. Unfortunately they are often co-opted and neutralised.
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How destructive is the middle class?

Dec 19, 2017 1 Comment by
Patrick Noble proposes that the gathering of rent for status - 'status enclosure' - is the central process by which we become middle class, and a major cause of the global crises we're facing. "If we remove that fixed, defensive gaze on our land and status properties, and then look up, and then, out and about, we’ll see the world expand."
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Permaculture Guide to Reed Beds by Féidhlim Harty: Review

Dec 11, 2017 1 Comment by
Seán Ó Conláin writes that this book is "a rich and unique repository of information and expertise for anyone interested in any aspect of treatment wetland systems – and indeed a true reflection of the Permaculture principle 'the problem is the solution"".
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Limits to Economic Growth?

Dec 07, 2017 2 Comments by
"Mainstream economists typically concentrate on science, technology and innovation to explain economic growth – but virtually all these new innovations are new ways to use energy and it is the energy of coal, oil and gas that does the work," writes Brian Davey.
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Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income

Nov 30, 2017 Comments Off on Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income 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?
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
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
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
"[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
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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