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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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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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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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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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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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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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