‘Balancing with a Doughnut’: Feasta position paper on the revision of the European Commission’s Energy Taxation Directive

This paper calls for the introduction of a suite of climate-related reforms in the EU that include limiting fossil fuel production and imports at source, placing a limit on carbon fees along with a quota system, introducing per-capita allocations of revenue from a carbon fee, and forming a partnership with a group of Global South countries to promote climate justice.

Psychopathology at the Limits to Economic Growth: Part Three

The Psychology of Decision Makers, Professionals and the Elite is part of “the system”

To respond rationally to a crisis of the magnitude that humanity faces requires a common understanding of what is happening and widespread agreement of what must be done. Unfortunately a number of features of the psychology of the elite will not make this easy to achieve. Although people think about “personality” as features of “individuals”, certain personality traits, and group responses by those who manage the rest of us, are very common and arise from the very experience and existence of the inequality of power relationships. …

Psychopathology at the Limits to Economic Growth: Part Two

The Management of Everyday life goes into crisis – mental health consequences

As we will show later in this article, this has enormous knock-on implications for the provision of essential goods and services as well as in the management of everyday life. The mental health implications then arise out of the way this undermines routine arrangements for living, as well as preventing the realisation of what people have chosen as their life purposes. These are the things that motivate them and what they aspire to. The resulting emotions include frustration, anger, fear and confusion too. The limits to economic growth, …

Why Don’t Lions Chase Mice: review

"When Watkins calls for a “brown new deal” he is not in any way denying climate science, he is trying to respond to the impracticality of naive activism, that wants renewable energy systems without recognising that they must be created with fossil fuels and these are not only climate damaging but will be increasingly in short supply," writes Brian Davey.