The environmental consequences of monetary dysfunction

Feb 22, 2018 No Comments by
Graham Barnes argues that the misallocation of credit by banks exacerbates instability and inequality, and results in the neglect of projects that aren't profitable. He proposes two possible solutions.
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Feasta annual report 2017

Feb 20, 2018 No Comments by
You can now download our latest Annual Report, which contains a summary of our activities in 2017, including a Water Commons thinkery, our latest climate and currency group initiatives, a conference on citizen engagement, collaborations with Basic Income groups, and photos from our Biodiversity Week competition.
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There’s no Feasta in the USA, but there is this new blog

Feb 13, 2018 No Comments by
We're delighted to welcome long-time Feasta member and trustee Mike Sandler as a regular contributor to our blog. Here you can read an overview of his background in climate action in the US and get links to some of his many articles published by the Huffington Post over the past decade.
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More thoughts on the good life

Feb 09, 2018 No Comments by
"There is, and never has been a technology which has disrupted anywhere near the degree of either aviation, or the family car," writes Patrick Noble.
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The real lesson of the Energiewende is that the German economy uses too much energy to be sustainable and needs to degrow…

Jan 28, 2018 2 Comments by
Brian Davey draws on German research to argue that the only way that industrialised countries will be able to achieve the transition to 100% renewables is through degrowth. The transition is likely to be easier in low-income countries that use relatively little energy at present.
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The good life or the ballot? Both you say? I say the good life first, the ballot second.

Jan 23, 2018 Comments Off on The good life or the ballot? Both you say? I say the good life first, the ballot second. 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 Comments Off on Ethical disconnection and re-connection – corporations as “people” and NGOs 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
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
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
"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
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
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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