The Future of Money: a seminal conference in Frankfurt

Dec 03, 2018 No Comments by
This gathering brought together people from many countries and different walks of life to consider how we can best stabilise our increasingly rocky and ecologically toxic global financial system. Report by Caroline Whyte.
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Money: the silent killer

Dec 03, 2018 No Comments by
The fact that most money is created on a basis of debt is putting hidden, but dangerous, pressure on the biosphere, argues Caroline Whyte.
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Brexit, fracking and Einstein

Nov 20, 2018 No Comments by
"Watch how our politicians demonstrate Einstein's definition of madness - trying over and over again what has already failed - because they cannot grasp that the time is for degrowth - and a lot of sharing - rather than their insane attempts to grow more powerful at the expense of others in a disintegrating world." writes Brian Davey.
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Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees

Oct 08, 2018 Comments Off on Outdated framing by the European Commission lessens our chances of keeping to 1.5 degrees by
"If we're to have any chance if keeping to the 1.5 maximum target, the European Commision will need to be much more realistic about its priorities. I very much hope that the next time the EC does a consultation call on climate change, its framing will have shifted," writes Caroline Whyte.
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Submission to the European Commission on a strategy for long-term greenhouse gas reductions

Oct 08, 2018 Comments Off on Submission to the European Commission on a strategy for long-term greenhouse gas reductions by
In this submission we argue that the EC's overall goals need to be re-examined if it is truly to eliminate greenhouse gases. The focus now needs to be on wellbeing, not on growth.
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End of the Oilocene: the roar of the oil-fizzle dragon king

Sep 20, 2018 Comments Off on End of the Oilocene: the roar of the oil-fizzle dragon king by
"Ireland’s policymakers exist in an insulated bubble; congratulating themselves on reducing the debt-GDP ratio and high employment due to the sleight of hand of low corporate tax rates, " writes Tim Clarke. He argues that Ireland is hugely vulnerable to a global financial crash triggered by net energy decline, coupled with rapidly rising extreme global debts and many other factors: "Talk of a 'Celtic Phoenix' excites dull short memories, and another property bubble is in the making."
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Money through the looking glass

Aug 08, 2018 2 Comments by
Caroline Whyte argues that the only way to achieve degrowth without crashing the global economy is to change the way that money is issued. Yet, paradoxically, it would be advisable for central bankers to continue to publicly disagree with the Vollgeld and other debt-free-money campaigns’ suggested financial reforms - and for the campaigners to continue their campaigns regardless, not letting themselves be discouraged by the officials' stance.
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On faiths, keeping them and losing them…

Jul 29, 2018 Comments Off on On faiths, keeping them and losing them…
"If we are going to survive the turmoil of the years ahead, we are going to need a deeper understanding of ourselves and what makes for our emotional well-being." write Brian Davey in the first chapter of his book Credo.
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The tales of history are a dead-end road

Jun 20, 2018 2 Comments
"Culture is what people do. It decays when people stop culturing. Changing a culture means changing what we do. Often, that will need a step by step transition as we negotiate obstacles. Even though we follow some backward meanders, the river may flow on." By Patrick Noble.
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The ninety percent and the tithe

Apr 27, 2018 Comments Off on The ninety percent and the tithe
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.
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Cursed to live in interesting times

Apr 17, 2018 Comments Off on Cursed to live in interesting times
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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Universal Basic Income: Pennies from Heaven by Paul O’Brien – review

Mar 16, 2018 1 Comment
Caroline Whyte writes that universal basic income is "an exciting idea, and this book is well worth reading if you’re even mildly curious to learn more about its potential."
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Limits to Economic Growth?

Dec 07, 2017 2 Comments
"Mainstream economists typically concentrate on science, technology and innovation to explain economic growth – but virtually all these new innovations are new ways to use energy and it is the energy of coal, oil and gas that does the work," writes Brian Davey.
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