Willi Kiefel identifies some of the main causes of the ecological “downward spiral” we are currently trapped in, and makes six propositions for a transformation process to help us escape from it.
"People with political agendas are inundating us with information overload, and calling into question basic facts in an attempt to impose anti-democratic control over disoriented populations," writes Mike Sandler. "We must practice stating our values and defending them and advancing them in the public square."
Patrick Noble thinks it probable that as GDP (spending) shrinks, things such as "bed time stories, knowledge, handshakes, gossip, sympathy, empathy, shared pleasures – raised glasses, a pub chorus, birdsong, a walk to the hilltop, a stroll on the shingle, good cooking and gardening" will expand and as they do so, happiness can expand.
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.
This 2003 article by Andy Storey identifies and critiques the priorities of the EU - a very useful overview given the current events in Greece and the TAFTA negotiations. He writes that "in many important respects, and to a growing extent, the emperor that is the European social project has no clothes - it is time to point out this nakedness and to begin the task of rebuilding European regionalism. Such a reconstituted regional model could then also become a building block of a more humane and just global order."
What do Scottish independence, UKIP, self-employment, cryptocurrencies and the black economy have in common? By Graham Barnes (@GrahamJBarnes).