Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?

Apr 17, 2011 Comments Off on Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?
Should the United States try to avoid a financial meltdown?Appendix to the US edition of Fleeing Vesuvius. Many Americans believe that the US cannot avoid hyperinflation or a catastrophic financial crash. Tom Konrad‘s position is slightly different. He thinks that while a crash is possible, the system is more likely to end with a whimper rather than a bang and that any progress towards [...]
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High oil prices kill growth prospects

Apr 09, 2011 1 Comment
by Richard Douthwaite. The price of Brent oil reached $122 per barrel last week (April 6th) and JP Morgan have forecast that it will hit €130 in the next few months. Energy prices at these levels mean that Ireland can say goodbye to any hope that it can grow its way out of its debt crisis. Because government spending cuts mean that domestic demand is almost certain to fall the country's only hope of increasing its national income is to earn more from overseas. That wiil be hard if the global economy is depressed but if the global economy grows, the world...
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A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on A three-step emergency plan for Ireland
A three-step emergency plan for Ireland

by Richard Douthwaite, from Fleeing Vesuvius. This plan for bringing Ireland out of its current financial crisis brings together many of the ideas described in the book. It suggests two ways of introducing debt-free money into the economy. It then explains how the financial system could be restructured by means of new banking regulation and the use of equity partnerships, and finally it advocates a move towards energy independence in Ireland.

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The economy – is stupid!

Apr 07, 2011 Comments Off on The economy – is stupid!
by Lothar Luken. Just had a crash, wrote off two cars. Now where's my medal for stimulating the economy? Two replacement cars have been bought; one driver seen by a doctor; an assessor coming to inspect the wreckage; state keeps motor tax for the old cars; insurance (UK-based!) pays scrapper for wreck crushing. Nice stimulus package - according to official theory.
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The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism

Apr 06, 2011 Comments Off on The Transition Towns Movement; its huge significance, and a friendly criticism
by Ted Trainer. The only way the alarming global sustainability and justice problems can be solved is via a Transition Towns movement of some kind. At present the rapidly growing movement is inspiring, but there is an urgent need for critical thought about vision, goals, and means. There is a serious risk that without this it will not make a significant contribution to solving our problems.
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Preface to Fleeing Vesuvius by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)

Apr 05, 2011 Comments Off on Preface to Fleeing Vesuvius by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)
Preface by Eamon Ryan (Irish edition)Managing a retreat is the most difficult of all political tasks. It is always easier to offer something new rather than to try to take back an existing benefit. But when it comes to our use of fossil fuels, which have provided huge benefits to our society, it is now time for an organised retreat. We need to retreat because the emissions from burning coal and gas threaten the climate system upon which our lives depend. We also need to do so because we face a peak in global oil production and we have to start changing our food and transport systems to cope with the decline in oil supplies that will follow.
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Introduction to Fleeing Vesuvius: Where we went wrong

Apr 05, 2011 Comments Off on Introduction to Fleeing Vesuvius: Where we went wrong
Introduction: Where we went wrongby Richard Douthwaite This book grew out of a conference in 2009 called the New Emergency. What emergency was that? Most people didn't think that there was an emergency then and they don't think there is one now.They know that the world is facing a lot of problems at present but they probably would not elevate any of them even to the status of a crisis, still less an emergency. The world has always had problems, they think, and it always will. Very few of them think that there's anything going on at present that requires Ireland to mobilise all its resources in the way that it did in response to the old Emergency, the Second World War. However, once you recognise that most of the worst problems the world faces have a common cause and that time is running out to solve them, you have an emergency. That's my position.
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Shale Gas – Bonanza or Hype?

Mar 16, 2011 4 Comments
by Brian Davey. In recent months there have been a lot of very rosy news items about so called "unconventional gas" as a "game changing" new feature of world energy markets. It's bonanza time... Maybe....however, before going further, its useful to think about what happens in a gold rush. Very few of those out prospecting get rich. But people who sell wagons, equipment and the banks do. The problem is that when it comes to any news from the hydrocarbons market one should never take things at face value...
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Covert Cap and Share video released by Freakylinks

Dec 06, 2010 Comments Off on Covert Cap and Share video released by Freakylinks
Cap and Share campaigners have just released a clever and playful 5-minute video which, they say, was produced covertly and then passed on to them by "Freakylinks". Cap and Share would simultaneously control greenhouse gas emissions and boost equality, but as the video shows, the prospect of cutting out all the financial middle-men may not appeal to everyone.
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David Fleming 1940-2010

Dec 01, 2010 Comments Off on David Fleming 1940-2010

by Davie Philip

Photo of David FlemingDavid Fleming died peacefully in his sleep on the night of November 28th 2010. He was an influential figure in the green movement. He was prominent in the development of the UK Ecology party in the 70s which went on to become the Green Party, he was the Chairman of the Soil Association in the 80s and for the last fifteen years of his life he wrote and lectured on sustainability with an emphasis on localisation.

I first met David while organising the FEASTA annual lecture in Dublin in 2001 and he became a close friend and …

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Fleeing Vesuvius

Nov 20, 2010 Comments Off on Fleeing Vesuvius

Feasta’s book Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse draws together many of the ideas our members have developed over the years and applies them to a single question – how can we bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself?

The book confronts this mess squarely, analysing its many aspects: the looming scarcity of essential resources such as fossil fuels – the lifeblood of the world economy; the financial crisis in Ireland and elsewhere; the collapse of the housing bubble; the urgent need for food security; and the enormous challenge of dealing …

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Contributors to Fleeing Vesuvius

Nov 20, 2010 Comments Off on Contributors to Fleeing Vesuvius

Biographical information about the 27 contributors to Fleeing Vesuvius.

Patrick Andrews qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and spent many years working in the UK and abroad for large corporations, specialising in cross-border transactions. In 2002 he left the corporate world, driven by a concern about its impact on society and the planet. He now teaches and writes about alternatives to conventional ownership and governance structures, and works with business leaders devising new ways of organising. He helped develop a radical financial and governance structure for Riversimple LLP. He lives in the New Forest in England with his wife …

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Contents of Fleeing Vesuvius

Nov 19, 2010 Comments Off on Contents of Fleeing Vesuvius
This includes a brief summary of each article in the book.
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