Sacred Economics (video)

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The precariousness of the economy is becoming increasingly apparent to the masses. Indeed, every day more and more people are falling below the bread line, or are spending sleepless nights wondering how to extricate themselves from the situations they find themselves in. In some ways, this is good — being short-sighted creatures, we don’t seem… Read more »

Raj Patel on Changing the Global Food System

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MST: The Landless Workers Movement Raj Patel has been tracking the pathologies of the global food system for many years.  An activist and academic who teaches at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, Patel has just published a second, updated edition of his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved:  The Hidden Battle for the World… Read more »

The Promised Land

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This is the fate of young people today: excluded, but forbidden to opt out. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the… Read more »

Anomie

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Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The land around Helpston, just to the north of Peterborough in Northamptonshire, now ranks among the most dismal and regularised tracts of countryside in Europe. But when the poet… Read more »

False Summit

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We were wrong about peak oil: there’s enough in the ground to deep-fry the planet. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The facts have changed, now we must change too. For the past ten years an unlikely coalition of geologists, oil drillers, bankers, military strategists and environmentalists has… Read more »

Resilience Through Simplification: Revisiting Tainter’s Theory of Collapse

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Below, Samuel Alexander summarises his new Simplicity Institute Report, which discusses ‘voluntary simplification’ in the context of Joseph Tainter’s theory of collapse. The full report, ‘Resilience through Simplification,’ is available here (360kb PDF). A society or other institution can be destroyed by the cost of sustaining itself. — Joseph Tainter Joseph Tainter In 1988 Joseph… Read more »

Two Views of Our Future

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated… Read more »

End of an Era

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So now what do we do to defend life on Earth? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations –… Read more »

How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth”

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Editor’s Preamble: In a prevous editorial life, I used to make a decent attempt at commentary for these large international events — those organised with some pretention towards shifting us onto a ‘sustainable path — but I no longer have the energy for it. Pinning our hopes on politicians’ plans for ‘greening the economy’ is… Read more »