Divine Injustice

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Drone warfare can be used to thwart democratic movements, anywhere. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The ancient Greeks, unlike the Jews or the Christians, invested their gods with human failings. Divine judgement, they believed, was neither flawless nor dispassionate; it was warped by lust, vengeance and self-interest…. Read more »

Community Design Template for 25-500 Families

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Introduction Back in 2008 I spent 6 weeks in Venezuela. I have a Venezuelan friend who believes as I do that permaculture could and should be a driving force for positive change. We both also believe that the Bolivarian Revolution, championed most famously by the charismatic and controversially colourful personality of Hugo Chavez, despite many… Read more »

Permaculture and Wall Street — We Must Tackle the Runaway Fiscal Economy Head On, “We Must Face Up and Fight”

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I admire the efforts of the permaculturists at the Occupy Wall Street camp, and I think, judging by his statement way back in 1983 (see below), that Bill would admire them also. Hunger is rising, absolute hunger is rising, food’s badly distributed, not distributed at all often. The waste of food, the whole deal of… Read more »

The Shared Patterns of Indigenous Culture, Permaculture and Digital Commons

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by David Bollier Joline Blais Rarely have I read an essay that knits together some very different commons with such wisdom and depth. Joline Blais’ 2006 essay, “Indigenous Domain: Pilgrims, Permaculture and Perl,” is a wonderfully insightful analysis that reveals the underlying unity and logic of commons principles. Her piece appeared in Intelligent Agent (vol…. Read more »

Living, Green and Circular

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The new Truly Green Economy needs to be modeled after and embedded within the circular economy of nature to generate and regenerate wealth for people and planet. by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho Note: A fully illustrated and referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The… Read more »

How Freedom Became Tyranny

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Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses… Read more »

Unmasking the Press

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The corporate newspapers are the elite’s enforcers, misrepresenting the sources of oppression. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Have we ever been so badly served by the press? We face multiple crises – economic, environmental, democratic – but most newspapers represent them neither clearly nor fairly. The industry… Read more »

Unanimous Decision by L.A. Council Makes the City First to Vote Against Corporate Personhood

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Hey, here’s some good news to brighten your day. The Los Angeles Council has made L.A. the first U.S. city to officially vote for a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that effectively granted corporate entities the same rights as individual citizens. (The ruling allowed unlimited funding of… Read more »

Slash and Burn Capitalism

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Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What sort of a world would George Osborne like to live in? I imagine him fantasising about the Republic of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Unprotected… Read more »

Big Farmer

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The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What would you do with £245? Would you a. use it to buy food for the next five weeks?, b. put it… Read more »

Charles Eisenstein on Growing “the Bright Side of the Force”

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Charles Eisenstein, the author of Sacred Economics, gave this inspiring talk to Occupy Wall Street, which is actually about growing “the bright side of the force”. This Star Wars inspired theme I couple with “the handicap principle“, which has a “bright” and a “dark” side; the selfish and the cooperative. Animals generally use just one of these forces… Read more »

The Self-Attribution Fallacy

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Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves… Read more »