A Manifesto for Psychopaths

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Ayn Rand’s ideas have become the Marxism of the new right. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the post-war world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor… Read more »

The Fight of the Century

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As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it likely to play out? by Richard Heinberg (Article originally published on www.postcarbon.org) 1. Prologue As the world economy crashes against debt and resource limits, more… Read more »

Global Economy Expanded More Slowly than Expected in 2011

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by Brigid Fitzgerald Reading, Earth Policy Institute The global economy grew 3.8 percent in 2011, a drop from 5.2 percent in 2010. Economists had anticipated a slowdown, but this was even less growth than expected, thanks to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, unrest in oil-producing countries, the debt crisis in Europe, and a stagnating… Read more »

War Made Easy: 50 Years of Deception and Media Spin

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War Made Easy: 50 Years of Deception and Media Spin Duration 1:13 — Narrated by Sean Penn Many permaculturists would agree that one of, if not the, worst aspects of our modern ‘civilised’ civilisation is centralisation. Centralisation equates to decisions made without objectivity, without empathy, and often with purely selfish interests as their core motivating… Read more »

ReOccupy Portugal

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I have seen a possibility and a lot of factors that are working in favor of this possibility, so it has motivated me to start working on my idea. It’s about collaboratively re-occupying and regenerating abandoned rural land, starting here, where I am in Portugal. Since I know of no other cases of this here… Read more »

To Everyone Feeling Screwed Over by the Economy

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Editor’s Note: If you enjoy the article below, and you missed Kyle’s past 3-part series, amongst others, be sure to check them out! (Part I, Part II, and Part III.) To everyone feeling screwed over by the economy, We are told that our problem is that there aren’t enough jobs. This message is everywhere. The… Read more »

Peer-to-Peer Themes and Urban Priorities for the Self-organizing Society

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by Nikos A. Salingaros, The University of Texas at San Antonio Abstract This essay presents desirable social functioning as basically a matter of free individual decision. I discuss two basic polarities: Left versus Right, and P2P (Peer-to-Peer) versus Global-mass-society. Each polarity takes certain distinctions and concerns as key to understanding political life. A self-organizing P2P… Read more »

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 »