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New currencies and their relationship with fiat currency

Jul 29, 2015 1 Comment by
Graham Barnes writes that "creating and maintaining a currency without any interaction with fiat is clearly a challenge. It's like asking fish to reinvent water while they are swimming around in it. But if we consider the main forms of interaction with fiat, some clues as to the management of the difficulties may emerge."
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Can the law protect us from climate change?

Jul 21, 2015 No Comments by
Can the law protect us from climate change? Do we have a legal right to a stable climate? Are governments responsible for preventing dangerous climate change within their borders? One month ago I would have answered these questions with "most likely not", but one extraordinary court case changed that to "hopefully, yes!". By Erik-Jan Van Oosten.
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Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in Greece – by issuing state IOUs

Jul 07, 2015 No Comments by
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 by
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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Greece to be a debtors’ prison: email exchange

Jul 06, 2015 No Comments by
In the interests of transparency we're publishing this exchange of emails relating to the Greek financial crisis.
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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
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 No Comments
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
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
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
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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