My apologies Brian. My criticism was clearly aimed at Mark's “Reason for Inertia 6: Our brains are maladapted to modern life”, and, due to my haste, I made the mistake of putting your name. I quite agree with your reply. May I also add that I've just read your "Changing the Lifestyle Package" at Opeindemocracy.org and I found it enlightening and inspiring. Thanks for including a link to Paul Hawken's "Blessed Unrest"--the best commencement address I've read so far. Keep up the good work!
Before industrialisation, economy mainly referred to local economy and household economy, based on cooperative and competitive processes. How can we shift from today’s centralised and global economy to a resilient local economy? Bryan Innes provides some suggestions in the New Zealand edition of Fleeing Vesuvius.
The fact is Britain’s household, corporate and financial sector debts are vast, and may well never be repaid. As the McKinsey Global Institute points out, British banks, corporates and households are only beginning to ‘de-leverage’ these debts – pay them down, or write them off. The more is paid down, the less is available for spending. [...]
Reading The Affluent Society is a revitalising and empowering shot in the arm for anyone questioning in any way what JK calls the 'conventional wisdom'. The book, first written in 1958 and then reissued as a new edition in 1998 is an astonishing tour de force, debunking and deconstructing the tenets of the 'central tradition' of economics.
This submission has been made in response to the Irish Department of the Environment's request for comments on its Draft Framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland.