Press release: Feasta describes Troika exit as “a piece of theatre obscuring our real challenges”

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments
Yesterday’s exit of the troika simply indicates a transfer of Ireland’s allegiance back to the international bond markets, not a restoration of sovereignty. The Irish economy’s profound vulnerability could be addressed via a commons-based financial system and energy independence.
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Legal action in response to coastal flooding

Dec 14, 2013 No Comments
This letter to the Guardian was written by a group of activists including several Feasta members. It advocates legal action by low-lying communities in order to require governments to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets. A new group, the Climate Litigation Network, has been formed to provide support to these vulnerable communities.
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The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments
Brian Davey marshals evidence from the USA and Australia in order to make the case against fracking, an industry with a track record of alienating communities and doing a great deal of environmental damage.
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Co-Ops & Credit Unions – A Governance Crisis?

Nov 27, 2013 2 Comments
Just when the implications of ‘over-professionalising’ banking and allowing an overpaid clique of casino-managers to screw up the real economy are becoming clear to the masses, we are being encouraged to think we can’t do without them. If this rearguard action succeeds, the opportunity for innovation – for example in the capital financing of energy projects – will be lost. By Graham Barnes.
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Designer Currencies and the Preferenced Domain

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments
A Designer Currency can enhance local identity and spread awareness of local supply, but it can also go beyond that, helping to identify important gaps in local supply and forming an integral part of proactive local economic development. By Graham Barnes.
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The Arctic 30 case: hooliganism, piracy or worse?

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments
The 30 Greenpeace activists who were initially charged with piracy after boarding a Russian ship in the Arctic in order to protest oil drilling are now facing a charge of hooliganism instead. But what if the case really does involve piracy – or worse?
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Keys to the Future: Feasta’s track record

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments
Analysis of current dysfunctional systems has enabled Feasta to anticipate problems, issue warnings and recommend appropriate and timely action. We’ve just published a run-through of our achievements since 1998, the year Feasta was founded, and our plans for the future.
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Feasta describes Budget 2013 as another lost opportunity

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments
The debate surrounding the Irish budget was characterised by a false choice between ‘austerity’ or ‘growth’. In fact, neither option is viable. Instead, what is needed is a radical re-structuring of our economy to ensure that we live within ecological limits in a just manner.
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The market for delusion on climate change

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments
With economism functioning as a foundational religion underpinning the general orientation of market based society, it is incredibly unsettling to the faithful to hear the message of climate science because it implies that the free market does not, after all, automatically deliver collective well being. A third extract from Brian Davey’s book Failed Faith.
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UNIPCC Report presents compelling evidence that economy must be cured of its fossil fuel dependency

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments
In response to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on the dangers of climate change, the climate group of Feasta points out that binding emissions caps are essential to effective climate change policy and that such caps need to include a mechanism for fairly distributing the funds generated by the sales of emissions permits. Legal action may provide the key to effective climate justice.
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Entrepreneurship – the narrative of destructive creation

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments
Entrepreneurs are often assumed to play a heroic role in the economy, with some shades of tragedy. In a second excerpt from his new book Brian Davey argues that the heroism of entrepreneurs may be somewhat exaggerated, whereas the tragedy is probably downplayed. Co-operative approaches to doing business generally prove to be more compatible with the real world.
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Syria and the Limits to Growth

Sep 06, 2013 No Comments
Why is Syria experiencing so many problems, and why are some Western governments so eager to intervene? Brian Davey argues that Syria’s woes are actually rooted in the ecological crisis.
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The Wealth of the Commons: Review

Sep 02, 2013 No Comments
This book’s central theme is the idea that existing commons provide a structural framework which can and should form the basis for our future. It should provide enormous inspiration to anyone wishing to contribute to the development of a resilient world economy. Review by Caroline Whyte.
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