Submission to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution Concerning Property Rights

Jun 12, 2003 No Comments

12th June 2003

This is a submission from Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability on the issues of property rights within the Irish constitution.

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Executive Summary


Change to the Constitution re property rights is not legally necessary for social equity and sustainability. All the powers required reside in the current provisions — if broadly interpreted and fully and fairly utilised. A debate to reinforce important principles and dispel misunderstanding is more necessary that an amendment.

1. Sustainability is an important element of the ‘common good’.

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Oil, Currency and the War in Iraq

Feb 08, 2003 No Comments
It will not come as news to anyone that the US dominates the world economically and militarily. But the exact mechanisms by which American hegemony has been established and maintained are perhaps less well understood than they might be.
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Feasta’s submission in November 2002 to Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources towards a new ‘Statement of Strategy for Energy and Transport’

Nov 02, 2002 No Comments

In a year where the ESB has been rightfully honoured for the Ardnacrusha scheme, which is deemed a milestone in engineering history it is very important that we match the vision of our founding fathers at the beginning of our state. Currently we appear to be following a generic energy policy which could with perhaps the exception of the peat stations be identical to any other developed country. It has nothing to do with Ireland and copies the policies of countries with large existing fossil fuel industries. Ireland is among the few developed countries which are still building its infrastructure …

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Local sustainability – the problems, practicalities and possibilities

Oct 22, 2002 No Comments

Presented by
Anne Behan,
Environmental Consultant


Any initiative to promote sustainability must relate to people. People must be able to identify with the theory and practical application of sustainability because its success or failure will ultimately depend on the willingness of people to adopt its principles. It is essential that a true understanding of sustainability is promoted from the outset of any project. It must be presented as an integrated package of economic, environmental and social best practice.…

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Critique of Part V of the 2000 Planning and Development Act (in Ireland)

Sep 13, 2002 No Comments

September 2002

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It can happen that, while concentrating on one area of concern in a piece of legislation, the Government fails to recognise the impact on or relationship to others. This is the case with Part V of the 2000 Act which has laudable aims of addressing social exclusion and housing affordability but which has overlooked important economic and environmental considerations and has failed to consider its very different impact on rural versus urban areas. The following paper examines and critiques Part V of the 2000 Act under Feasta’s focus of sustainability using environmental, economic and social criteria. …

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Climate and Currency: Proposals for Global Monetary Reform

May 01, 2002 No Comments

Feasta believes that the present world financial and monetary system is so gravely dysfunctional that it makes the achievement of sustainability impossible. We have three main reasons for this belief:

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New Financial Architecture for Sustainability

Apr 23, 2002 No Comments

April 2002

Earth Summit Ireland (ESI) is the umbrella body of Irish environmental NGOs preparing for the Rio +10 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. We write to express concern at positions taken by the EU during PrepCom III in New York. Our understanding of the EU position was that it favoured the inclusion of targets, timeframes, mechanisms and processes related to Sustainable Development objectives in the final Johannesburg agreement which after all, were agreed at Rio 10 years ago. Therefore we are concerned that the text currently being discussed is very weak in this regard. In response to …

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Frank Rotering: An Economics for Humanity

Feb 08, 2002 No Comments
Frank Rotering is a 54-year-old Canadian who lives near Vancouver and writes on economic issues. In this introduction he outlines his developing interest in economics and his attempt to formulate an economic theory for those concerned about humanity and nature.
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The First Feasta Review

Dec 11, 2001 No Comments

The Feasta ReviewRead this book online in its entirety

The Feasta Review was the first publication from the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

The Review gathers together many of the ideas that had been circulating among people associated with Feasta. For example, it carries the full texts and the graphics of the 1999 Feasta lecture by the heretic ex-World Bank economist, Herman Daly and the 2000 lecture by David Korten, author of ‘When Corporations Rule The World’. Papers by other people who have spoken at Feasta meetings are included too.

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Submission on Globalisation to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs in the House of Lords (includes appendices).

Oct 17, 2001 No Comments

17th October, 2001

The full text can be found as a PDF Version

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Ben Whelan reviews Economics For The Common Good by Mark A. Lutz

Jun 08, 2001 No Comments

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from individualistic to social economics

Economics for the Common Good

Mark A. Lutz
Routledge, London, 1998
ISBN: 0415143136, £18.99 in UK

What do Gandhi, Herman Daly and the author of Small is Beautiful, E.F. Schumacher, have in common? All three tried (or in Daly’s case, is trying) to move economic thought away from the dehumanised, mathematical, and amoral stance that has formed the basis of conventional economics since the Industrial Revolution. They are consequently qualified to be called social or humanistic economists, the terms now used to describe thinkers who place human – and …

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Methodology for the Implementation of Ireland’s Climate Change Strategy

Mar 08, 2001 No Comments

Submission on behalf of FEASTA. 8th March, 2001

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