Aug 14, 2016 Comments Off on Fantasies of “Socialism with an iPad”?: Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams: Review
Jul 31, 2016 Comments Off on The centrality of externalities to economic thinking
Brian Davey argues in Credo that what economists call “externalities” are not unusual or a special case, they are ubiquitous. They are rooted in private property and the relationships of market society. The way in which non market societies protect bio-diversity through totem arrangements is described.
Jul 22, 2016 Comments Off on The “regulation” of unconventional gas
This presentation by Brian Davey, made in July 2016 on behalf of Frack Free Notts, outlines the problems with the regulatory structure for unconventional gasfield development in the UK. It discusses the problem of “regulatory capture” by the industry, deceptive PR, the selective recognition of ‘experts’ and siloing of different aspects of safety (such as the environment and health).
Jul 13, 2016 Comments Off on Designing an Intentional Currency
Jun 30, 2016 Comments Off on Economics in Darwinist mode – the competitive struggle for existence
Improved competitiveness is a major goal of virtually every nation and trading bloc in the world. Both sides in the Brexit debate claimed that Britain would become more competitive if they prevailed. But where does this glorification of competition come from? Does it reflect fundamentals of human nature, or does it stem from a quasi-religious dogma that goes largely unquestioned? Brian Davey explores the roots of the obsession with competitiveness, and its knock-on effects, in a chapter of his book Credo.
Jun 11, 2016 3 Comments
Brian Davey explores the decision of Ineos, one of the world's largest chemical companies, to promote fracking. The Ineos majority shareholder, Jim Ratcliffe, claims fracking could regenerate northern Britain despite evidence that the strategy is "a mirage that would lead to a mountain of debt and a mountain of garbage".
Jun 05, 2016 Comments Off on Tackling climate, poverty and inequality together: managing the share in CapGlobalCarbon on a global level
May 29, 2016 Comments Off on Consumerism, Collective Psychopathology, Waste
This chapter of Credo by Brian Davey discusses conspicuous consumption and the consumer society, branding and the manufacture of wants. The role of advertisers is explored as well as the way that attention grabbing has become an economic sector that affects the quality of life radically and for the worse.
May 20, 2016 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon, Keep It In The Ground and the divestment campaign
May 14, 2016 Comments Off on Labelling as a stepping stone to zero fossil fuels
May 05, 2016 Comments Off on Inequality, epidemiology and economics
In chapter 13 of his book Credo, Brian Davey points out that public health is an alternative indicator of well-being and is strongly correlated to levels of equality or inequality. Greater equality means greater well-being for everyone and a smaller need for the state – yet inequality has been increasing dramatically.
Apr 26, 2016 Comments Off on Closed loop agriculture for environmental enhancement: returning biomass nutrients from humanure and urine to agriculture
This report by Féidhlim Harty argues that closed-loop agriculture would not only stop the waste of nutrients to watercourses as pollution, it would also stop the high energy inputs needed for artificial nitrogen production, would enhance biodiversity, and could go a significant way towards reducing overall agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Apr 13, 2016 Comments Off on The strange idea of negative interest
This article by Graham Barnes addresses the role of demurrage (negative interest) in the design of new currencies. But it takes a roundabout route with diversions around the zero and negative interest rates being currently applied to fiat money; and a detour via positive interest which is itself a stranger idea than we have been led to believe. It suggests that demurrage is worth a place in the designer's kitbag, but not for the reason normally postulated.