On being conservative for the common against those who are conservative for enclosure

Aug 25, 2018 No Comments by
Patrick Noble warns us to "beware of grown-ups – the grown-up in ourselves as much as in others. Our true coming of age is into the spirit of the common; into the responsibilities of the rule of return and the maintenance of the joys of precious things."
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The music of time – or how we’ll not change the music unless we change how we sing

Jul 19, 2018 Comments Off on The music of time – or how we’ll not change the music unless we change how we sing by
"It should be a natural relief to step back inside natural limits. Limits have forms, sounds and scents – we can touch them – taste them. They should feel like home. We’ll be prodigals shuffling homeward from a wild fossil-fuelled adventure to finally open the familiar garden gate," writes Patrick Noble.
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There’s no Feasta in the USA, but there is this new blog

Feb 13, 2018 Comments Off on There’s no Feasta in the USA, but there is this new blog by
We're delighted to welcome long-time Feasta member and trustee Mike Sandler as a regular contributor to our blog. Here you can read an overview of his background in climate action in the US and get links to some of his many articles published by the Huffington Post over the past decade.
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How destructive is the middle class?

Dec 19, 2017 1 Comment by
Patrick Noble proposes that the gathering of rent for status - 'status enclosure' - is the central process by which we become middle class, and a major cause of the global crises we're facing. "If we remove that fixed, defensive gaze on our land and status properties, and then look up, and then, out and about, we’ll see the world expand."
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Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income

Nov 30, 2017 Comments Off on Why I put time and energy into advocating universal basic income by
Anne Ryan argues that a basic income is essential in order to enable us to achieve a sane, humane and ecological society worldwide.
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The Corruption of Capitalism by Guy Standing: review by Brian Davey

Nov 20, 2017 1 Comment by
This book is a powerful attack on rentier capitalism and, very explicitly, a call to revolt. Standing is at his best describing the features of crony capitalism that are totally different from the neo-liberal story of free markets that justifies it. While a very informative read, the analysis urgently needs to be expanded if the emerging commons movement is to be able to adapt to the limits to growth.
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Commons in the political mainstream?

Nov 16, 2017 Comments Off on Commons in the political mainstream? by
There is a good chance that a new Labour government in the UK will introduce widespread measures to revive the commons. This would be quite revolutionary, but in what context would the new policies be launched and how would they be countered by the political economic elite? And how should a future Labour government act to forestall problems arising from the limits to economic growth? By Brian Davey.
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Water Commons Thinkery report

Jun 27, 2017 Comments Off on Water Commons Thinkery report
Mark Garavan reports that this event in Cork on June 23, which featured Roisin O'Gorman, Miriam Planas, Marco Iob and Chas Jewett, was "a genuinely inspiring and hopeful experience. "
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Reclaiming Commons through Land Value Tax, or a Wing and a Prayer

Apr 06, 2017 Comments Off on Reclaiming Commons through Land Value Tax, or a Wing and a Prayer
Patrick Noble suggests some ways in which "ordinary people may steer a course back into history and with luck – a course towards a newly egalitarian and convivial culture." In particular he focusses on basic income combined with a land value tax, as he believes these two initiatives could together "provide the simplest, most elegant regenerative tool for social justice."
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Tackling climate, poverty and inequality together: managing the share in CapGlobalCarbon on a global level

Jun 05, 2016 Comments Off on Tackling climate, poverty and inequality together: managing the share in CapGlobalCarbon on a global level
Caroline Whyte draws on development theory, recent technological developments and research on inequality to argue that the share in CapGlobalCarbon could and should be distributed to individuals globally. The impact on poverty and inequality worldwide could be massive.
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Think-In On Basic Income & Sustainability, 12th September 2015

Aug 26, 2015 Comments Off on Think-In On Basic Income & Sustainability, 12th September 2015
Basic Income network members and friends will discuss the links between basic income and sustainability. We will begin the think-in with short inputs from Theresa O’Donohue and Eimhin Shortt. A facilitated discussion will follow, with opportunities for all present to contribute and to learn together.
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Framing the Paris climate change summit

Jun 19, 2015 Comments Off on Framing the Paris climate change summit
Caroline Whyte suggests some re-framing of the climate crisis in order to reveal possibilities for action on climate change that could have widespread positive effects.
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Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte

May 12, 2015 Comments Off on Framespotting: Review by Caroline Whyte
What do climate change, sports teams and your family's achievements have in common? Read Laurence and Alison Matthews' new book 'Framespotting' to find out.
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