'On his recent visit to Ireland, President Biden said he felt like he was “home.” By giving a speech like President Higgins just gave, and setting up an Ecological Monetary Reform Study Committee, he could prove it,' writes Mike Sandler.
To mark the fifth anniversary of Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's death, and in light of current world events, we're featuring this chapter from his book Short Circuit, which is perhaps even more relevant today than it was back in 1996. It discusses the pernicious effects of world trade at present and the need to move towards a more human economy, and then describes three new approaches that could be taken.
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.
In our latest Feasta book, Brian Davey describes how economists preach a 'gospel' which gravely misrepresents the complexity of human psychology, exacerbates inequality and seeks to justify the destruction of communities and environments. Salvation is supposedly in efficiency, competitive markets, specialisation, technology and, above all, growth - but we are now crashing against ecological limits.
In the 2002 Feasta lecture Stan Thekaekara describes how land-grabbing has decimated the lives of the Adivasi people in southern India with whom he works. He puts forward an alternative economic system, 'Just Change', which is based on core adivasi values and which challenges many of the assumptions made about human nature in mainstream economics.
We're delighted to announce the publication of Feasta's new book, Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, a 200-page collection of essays by nine Feasta Climate Group members, edited by Brian Davey. Its authors explore climate policy in a way that ensures social justice and equity matter, recognising that the UNFCCC process is going nowhere. The concluding chapter, by our much-loved late colleague Richard Douthwaite, presents reasons for optimism about the climate crisis.