"We live firstly in families, and only expediently under hierarchies," writes Patrick Noble, drawing his argument from the writings of Fernand Braudel, Francis Pryor, Susan Oosthuizen and Adam Smith.
"Properly understood, money acts simply as a ‘claim’ on the output of the energy economy and driving up the aggregate of monetary claims only increases the scope for their elimination in a process of value destruction," warns Tim Clarke. He goes on to argue that Ireland is in a particularly vulnerable financial position, which is likely to lead to severe problems in the near future.
The Green News has published a summary of Caroline Whyte's policy proposals for candidates in the coming Irish general election.
"Shoshana Zuboff has written a huge book packed full of detail and insight," writes Brian Davey. "Nevertheless it is an incomplete picture because it lacks a description of the bio-physical dimensions of surveillance capitalism and how these additional dimensions are intertwined with the limits to economic growth."
Brian Davey writes that Zuboff's book makes the internet of things seem "like living in an automated psychiatric ward in which it is not the psychiatric staff who know what is best for you but a variety of algorithms of ideal behaviour".
Our new podcast series kicks off with some reflections on preserving our mental health in these turbulent times, from our December 7 event "Living well in the face of climate and ecological crises". Contributors include John Sharry, Morag Friel, Leontien Friel Darrell, Mark Garavan, Theresa O'Donohue and John Gibbons.