Cursed to live in interesting times

Apr 17, 2018 No Comments by
Brian Davey connects the fall in the growth rate, with its roots in the rising costs of energy extraction and generation, to declining resilience in the economic system. He argues that these are in turn related to a more conflict ridden geo-politics. There is an increased vulnerability to shocks which will be catastrophic unless and until there is a new conventional wisdom in society about what is wrong and what has to be done about it.
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Feasta submission to the Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy consultation process

Mar 23, 2018 No Comments by
We argue that in order to achieve its new objectives, CAP policymakers need to collaborate with other high-level EU and global bodies so as to establish a core economic framework that would include Cap and Share, a basic income, land value tax, debt-free money issuance and reforms to the international trading organisations.
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King Donald and his Court

Jul 12, 2017 Comments Off on King Donald and his Court by
Brian Davey argues that Trump's administration is a symptom of a crisis in US democratic institutions and US society, arising from over-complexity. This administration has made clever use of both old and new forms of media to galvanise support. Resistance needs to start on a local level.
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CapGlobalCarbon and basic income: How could climate action be coupled to economic empowerment?

Apr 01, 2017 Comments Off on CapGlobalCarbon and basic income: How could climate action be coupled to economic empowerment? by
A global basic income, funded from commons-based revenue including the revenue from CapGlobalCarbon, could help to heal the divisions that are currently plaguing us. By Caroline Whyte.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis? by
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Brian Davey responds to Giorgos Kallis on degrowth

Jan 14, 2015 1 Comment by
"A process that starts off largely involuntarily can end up steered more directly" writes Brian Davey in a continuation of his discussion on degrowth with Giorgos Kallis, editor of the book "Degrowth: Vocabulary for a New Era".
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Response by Giorgos Kallis to Brian Davey’s review of Degrowth

Dec 22, 2014 Comments Off on Response by Giorgos Kallis to Brian Davey’s review of Degrowth by
"A social change, if it is to take place, requires desire, materialized into an alternative political vision, a vision driven by a quest for the enjoyment of life, not by fear of a looming disaster, or a pure survivalist spirit," argues Giorgos Kallis, one of the editors of Degrowth. A Vocabulary for a New Era. We're publishing his detailed and thought-provoking comments as a guest post.
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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off on Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review
While Brian Davey found many of this books' chapters to be "excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth", he also found a mismatch between some of the words chosen for inclusion in this book and the constellation of concepts which match the overall range and types of degrowth ideas that exist.
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Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?

Oct 08, 2014 Comments Off on Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?
In the discussion about Ebola there appears to be a public relations message that we are all expected to accept: that it is far less likely to run out of control in "developed countries" which have healthcare systems. But is this attitude dangerously complacent? By Brian Davey.
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Anger & Complicity in a Time of Limits

Mar 24, 2014 1 Comment
In the second part of his interview with Alexander Ac, David Korowicz argues that the large-scale predicament and the emergent socio-economic stresses that we are beginning to experience has very little to with fraud, corruption and the greed of a tiny few. He believes it has a lot to do with our human civilization running into limits.
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How to be Trapped

Mar 17, 2014 3 Comments
Our predicament and the tragedy of attempting change is: given time and resource constraints and the reality that we depend upon a de-localized networked system without central control, how do we change the system while ensuring we do not collapse its essential functions? By David Korowicz.
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Press release: Feasta describes Troika exit as “a piece of theatre obscuring our real challenges”

Dec 16, 2013 Comments Off on Press release: Feasta describes Troika exit as “a piece of theatre obscuring our real challenges”
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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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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