From our archives: The European project – dismantling social democracy, globalising neoliberalism

Jun 26, 2015 1 Comment by
This 2003 article by Andy Storey identifies and critiques the priorities of the EU - a very useful overview given the current events in Greece and the TAFTA negotiations. He writes that "in many important respects, and to a growing extent, the emperor that is the European social project has no clothes - it is time to point out this nakedness and to begin the task of rebuilding European regionalism. Such a reconstituted regional model could then also become a building block of a more humane and just global order."
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Framing the Paris climate change summit

Jun 19, 2015 No Comments by
Caroline Whyte suggests some re-framing of the climate crisis in order to reveal possibilities for action on climate change that could have widespread positive effects.
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Basic income (BI) & intentional currencies

Jun 10, 2015 No Comments by
If a Basic Income is indeed a Good Thing, then new currencies will increasingly seek to build it into their design from the outset. This article by Graham Barnes looks at the rationale for BI and at implications for currencies that incorporate BI as one of their currency issuance mechanisms.
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Credo: Economic Beliefs in a World in Crisis

Jun 04, 2015 Comments Off on Credo: Economic Beliefs in a World in Crisis by
In our latest Feasta book, Brian Davey describes how economists preach a 'gospel' which gravely misrepresents the complexity of human psychology, exacerbates inequality and seeks to justify the destruction of communities and environments. Salvation is supposedly in efficiency, competitive markets, specialisation, technology and, above all, growth - but we are now crashing against ecological limits.
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Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte

May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte by
What do climate change, sports teams and your family's achievements have in common? Read Laurence and Alison Matthews' new book 'Framespotting' to find out.
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From our archives: People first – justice in a global economy by Stan Thekaekara

May 04, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: People first – justice in a global economy by Stan Thekaekara by
In the 2002 Feasta lecture Stan Thekaekara describes how land-grabbing has decimated the lives of the Adivasi people in southern India with whom he works. He puts forward an alternative economic system, 'Just Change', which is based on core adivasi values and which challenges many of the assumptions made about human nature in mainstream economics.
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Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons

Apr 26, 2015 Comments Off on Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons by
Could we imagine a world where the packed migrant boats heading towards Europe from Africa were a thing of the past? Where the centuries-long wealth gap between Europe and Africa, which has so much injustice at its root, was finally addressed in an effective way? By Caroline Whyte
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Septic Tank Options and Alternatives: Review by Seán Conlan

Apr 17, 2015 Comments Off on Septic Tank Options and Alternatives: Review by Seán Conlan
Seán Conlan writes "The overall objective of the book as an ‘unapproved’ pathway and guide is admirably achieved and offers unique insights for those who are struggling with sewage systems which are either poorly installed, or who are burdened with soils which are unsuitable for percolation."
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Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey

Apr 09, 2015 Comments Off on Shale Gas and Fracking: The science behind the controversy – review by Brian Davey
Brian Davey writes "the central theme of this book - that 'science can be allowed to decide through peer reviewed debate' - is at best innocent in the naive sense, pious and misleading. It evokes a world where issues are decided on by politicians and the public guided by neutral scientists who deliver the facts. But this fairy tale for the children begs all the difficult questions."
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The Bank-State Bargain

Mar 31, 2015 2 Comments
Banks create money out of nothing when they extend loans and then charge borrowers interest on this newly created capital. The result is an ongoing multi-billion pound/ dollar subsidy breaking the basic rules of capitalism. What is perhaps even more surprising is that there appears to be no explicit description of the 'bargain' underlying this important arrangement. By Graham Barnes.
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Reflections on the first Climate Conversation

Mar 24, 2015 Comments Off on Reflections on the first Climate Conversation
Seán Conlan writes "The main theme of the evening was the challenge of engaging with the general public in the acceptance of climate change, and this provoked some interesting insights from both panelist and audience."
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From our archives: The supply of money in an energy-scarce world

Mar 22, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: The supply of money in an energy-scarce world
In 2011, Richard Douthwaite wrote in Fleeing Vesuvius that "Money once bought energy. Now energy, or at least an entitlement to it, will actually be money and energy firms may become the new banks." His suggestions for achieving this transition in the fairest way possible have a clear relevance now.
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Climate Conversations

Mar 11, 2015 Comments Off on Climate Conversations
Feasta members Willi Kiefel and Seán Conlan have been involved in a unique collaboration between charities, unions and other organisations, with a goal of "promoting greater understanding of what a low carbon future might bring for Ireland "
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