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All of the world’s money and markets in one visualization

Jan 22, 2016 Comments Off on All of the world’s money and markets in one visualization
Here's a visualisation of the world's markets and money system which we found very revealing. In the words of one very rich man, Warren Buffet, derivatives are "financial weapons of mass destruction".
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Commoning

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Commoning
In a second excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey explores the features of sustainable commons and the extent of commons today. He describes the practice of commoning as a possible response to the ecological crisis - a topic of much relevance to the current COP21 negotiations on climate.
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Concepts for a fenced off world

Dec 10, 2015 Comments Off on Concepts for a fenced off world
"Private property in land means enclosure and exclusion. Economists typically assume that economic choices involve inevitable trade-offs. However, it is not true that alternatives must always be forgone. There is often a potential for sharing and mutual accommodation that is being ignored. Not all choices are rivalrous," writes Brian Davey in en excerpt from his book Credo.
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The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance

Oct 30, 2015 Comments Off on The attention seeking economy, information and the manufacture of ignorance
In this chapter from his book Credo, Brain Davey describes how "much of what we take for granted is actually better understood as 'consensus trance'. To orientate to the world properly we need to have a proper feel for the huge amount of what we don’t know – and there are multiple categories of unknowing."
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An introduction to ecological economics

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments
This updated essay by Brian Davey forms part of a Nottingham University open source radical engineering course. It explains where economic growth comes from, rival understandings of it in economics and what problems it causes. It also introduces “ecological economics” which is a concept system that recognises these problems and seeks solutions to them within the bio-physical carrying capacity of the planet.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis?
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs

Jul 07, 2015 Comments Off on Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs
Brian Davey writes "Whatever the arguments the Greek government have run out of time. There is a point where they must act to create substitute financial instruments - if they are called IOUs it is up to the ECB to prove that they are another currency and against the rules."
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The Greece and Eurozone crisis made simple

Jul 07, 2015 1 Comment
Brian Davey argues that the missing component in most discussion of the Eurozone crisis is the fact that it is linked to energy supply and the limits to growth.
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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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Greece and the Eurozone Crisis

Feb 17, 2015 Comments Off on Greece and the Eurozone Crisis
How should the Greek government approach its mandate to end austerity? What pitfalls need to be avoided? Brian Davey has some suggestions.
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Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference

Feb 10, 2015 Comments Off on Reflections on the Rights of Nature conference
Brian Davey discusses some of the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous people and how this affects global ecological politics.
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The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off on The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?
In this presentation given to Derby City Council on January 13th, Brian Davey identifies some of the ways in which fracking has been framed in order to make it seem innocuous.
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Brian Davey responds to Giorgos Kallis on degrowth

Jan 14, 2015 1 Comment
"A process that starts off largely involuntarily can end up steered more directly" writes Brian Davey in a continuation of his discussion on degrowth with Giorgos Kallis, editor of the book "Degrowth: Vocabulary for a New Era".
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