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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Economic growth, population growth and climate change

Aug 26, 2013 5 Comments
This newly-updated paper by David Knight presents abundant evidence that economic growth, rather than population growth, is the main determinant of increased fossil fuel emissions. Planned carbon and economic descent and a more even distribution of income between the richest individuals and countries and the poorest would provide the quickest, fairest and most effective means of reducing emissions.
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Governance for sustainable development: moving from theory to practice

Aug 16, 2013 No Comments
Sustainability “must be pursued with as much humility as commitment, as much diversity as direction and as much creative experimentation as resolute protection”, write Rene Kempp, Saeed Parto and Robert Gibson in an article in the International Journal of Sustainable Development. Willi Kiefel summarizes their views.
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Information, preferences, knowledge and belief

Aug 10, 2013 1 Comment
It is often not appreciated that human attention is a scarce good. The everyday life of many people precludes their getting much information about ecological systems and nature, or forming deep “preferences” that would mean that they would seek to protect it. By contrast, the aboriginal mentality tends to assume that land care is the main purpose of life. Rather than land belonging to them, they belong to the land. By Brian Davey.
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Feasta Response to the European Commission consultation on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

Aug 02, 2013 No Comments
In this submission we emphasise the need for clear targets, not only for greenhouse gas emissions but also for carbon sequestration and storage. These can be achieved via mechanisms such as Cap and Share and a Carbon Maintenance Fee, described in detail in the Feasta climate group’s book Sharing for Survival. We also urge the Commission to end its support for the continued exploitation of fossil fuel sources.
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Designer Currencies and Behaviour Change

Jul 26, 2013 2 Comments
This article by Graham Barnes explores the relationship between the values that are implicitly embedded in a currency and the type of explicit behaviour that that currency could promote.
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Catastrophic Shocks in Complex Socio-Economic Systems—a pandemic perspective

Jul 19, 2013 1 Comment
This paper by David Korowicz provides an overview of the effect of a major pandemic on the operation of complex socio-economic systems using some simple models. It discusses the links between initial pandemic absenteeism and supply-chain contagion, and the evolution and rate of shock propagation. It discusses systemic collapse and the difficulties of re-booting socio-economic systems.
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“The democratic crisis of capitalism: Reflections on political and economic modernity in Europe” by Peter Wagner: Review

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments
What is the relationship between democracy and capitalism? Willi Kiefel summarizes Peter Wagner’s views on the subject.
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