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 »

Take the Money Out of Politics!

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We’ve been watching our leaders sell out to corporate, extractive interests for so long, it’s almost numbingly normal to us. For example, last year, in the U.S., we saw what appears to be one of the last nails in our socio-economic and environmental coffin, that being the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned laws restricting… Read more »

A Design for Life

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Click for larger view Courtesy: Marc Roberts If I wasn’t so used to such oxymoronic statements, I’d have already fallen off my chair after reading the below quote — in either hysterical laughter, or hysterical despair. I am pleased to stand before you this morning and confirm that Europe is closer to resolving its financial… Read more »

Show Me The Money

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We have a democratic right to know who is funding public advocacy. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Since the late 19th Century, the very rich have been paying people to demand less government. The work of Herbert Spencer, for example, was sponsored by Andrew Carnegie, John D… Read more »

Warren Brush: “Permaculture and Peacemaking in a Thirsty World” (IPC10 Presentation Video), Plus Permaculture Outreach in Kenya

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Warren Brush presents at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10), Amman, Jordan, September 2011 Photograph © Craig Mackintosh I consider it a privilege to be a friend of Warren Brush, and it’s been a pleasure to see his rapid development in all things Permaculture. In his presentation at the IPC10 (Amman, Jordan, September 2011) Warren… Read more »

Sounding the Deeps

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If this analysis is correct, a Great Depression is all but inevitable. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I stumbled out into the autumn sunshine, figures ricocheting around in my head, still trying to absorb what I had heard. I felt as if I had just attended a… Read more »

Protection, Rights or Legislation – Many Strings to Our Legal Bow

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If we can give legal personality to non-living entities such as corporations, why not also give personality to living things like animals and trees? by Janet Millington Changes to the law have been made (or “discovered”) to facilitate and support trade(1), colonisation(2), industry(3) and the development of corporation(4). This development has been largely driven by… Read more »

Think of a Tank

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The “free market thinktanks” and their secret funders are a threat to democracy. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Nadine Dorries won’t answer it. Lord Lawson won’t answer it. Michael Gove won’t answer it. But it’s a simple question, and if they don’t know it’s because they don’t… Read more »

The Power of International Law to Create the New World – An Interview with Polly Higgins

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Editor’s Note: At time of writing, Polly is on a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand — check out dates and locations here. Maddy Harland meets Polly Higgins, a barrister who is campaigning for the United Nations to adopt an additional crime against peace: Ecocide. by Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture magazine – inspiration… Read more »