Making Democracy Work

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Editor’s note: This is what I like to see, and hope others will emulate: concrete action to bring about organised, localised change. Some subscribe to free market magical thinking — that self-interest combined with market mechanisms will somehow automatically harmonise our social, and even environmental problems. But, permaculture is not about blind hope and trust… Read more »

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was Better Prepared for Collapse than the US

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by Dmitry Orlov Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to you to decide just how urgent… Read more »

America is Bankrupt: It’s Going Full Circle

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Yes, it’s a strong title. But, it’s very real. The United States of America, built on incredible potential and an amazing constitution, has digressed and democratised itself into hell. The US has declared financial war on the world – Prof. Dr. Michael Hudson A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can… Read more »

Selecting a Community Currency

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Every time we add our own labour to a product or perform a service we expend energy and increase the overall entropy of the environment. Every time we exchange money for product or service, the legal tender we use represents payment for previous energy that we expended. Money, after all, is nothing more than stored… Read more »

Early Retirement Extreme

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Two issues keep on puzzling me about economics. On the one hand, it undoubtedly is an incredibly important subject. At present, my life pretty much depends on being able to buy certain things from a functioning economy and the same holds for just about everybody else. On the other hand, there seem to be a… Read more »

Letters from Sri Lanka – Sarvodaya’s Economic Development and Its Destination

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This is Part X, the final installment, of a ten-part series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII and Part IX before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. Preamble: As I… Read more »

The Power of Enterprise Budgets: Permaculture, Holistic Management, and Financial Planning

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Resource alert: At bottom of this blog post is a download option for more than a thousand enterprise budgets. Permaculture designers: It’s time to get serious about profitability. Farmers & Greenhorns: You already know what I’m talking about. I’ve been working on an integrated ecological farm design for the Ashokan Center in the Hudson River… Read more »

Letters from Chile – Building Community Around a Permaculture University

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Editor’s Note: This is Part IX of a series. If you haven’t already, be sure to catch Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII and Part VIII! My time in Chile is almost at an end. But, before I go, I want to share with you the present… Read more »

Letters from Chile – a Little Historical Context

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Editor’s Note: This is Part VIII of a series. If you haven’t already, be sure to catch Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI and Part VII. Contemplating the past, present and future – and land redistribution – in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Chile. All photos © copyright… Read more »