Monthly Archives: November 2020

Reuters NEXT: Capitalism plans a post Covid future

Sorry to bother those of you who may have received several notices of this post to the web site. I have tried to just send a link to the Reuters web page, but for some reason the link will not … Continue reading

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Discrimination and Bias in Economics, and Emerging Responses

I thought followers of this site would find this post interesting. Bob Opening the Miami Institute’s economics forum, Jayati Ghosh presents severe and persistent forms of discrimination and power imbalances in economic analyses, and underscores older and newer networks of … Continue reading

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Greenhouse gases set new record, despite Covid-19 lockdown

During the most intense period of forced confinement in early 2020, daily global CO2 emissions may have been reduced by up to 17% compared to the mean level of daily CO2 emissions in 2019. As the duration and severity of … Continue reading

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Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop

I have regularly said that the gold and silver of the Incas and Aztecs financed the industrial revolution in Europe, but that the potato also was important. The introduction of the potato to Europe, a crop which produces more kilocalories … Continue reading

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Book: An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life

Recommended by a friend The reality of runaway climate change is inextricably linked with the mass consumerist, capitalist society in which we live. And the cult of endless growth, and endless consumption of cheap disposable commodities, isn’t only destroying the … Continue reading

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The internet of threats and promise: Can big data help define an alternative transition?

Bob Thomson Draft 12 January 2020 Abstract Social media and the internet provide us with both “information” and “fake news”. Our growing capacity to analyse old and new economic and political models brings both despair and hope that we can … Continue reading

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Announcement: The Great Degrowth Debate (16 Nov YouTube) 19:00 CET 13:00 EST

From the UK Degrowth Summer School Dear all, hope this email finds you well, and sorry for cross-posting. We thought you might be interested in joining us for a live debate on Monday 16th of November at 19.00 CET (Paris/Rome/Berlin) … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein on Joe Biden

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was Naomi Klein delivered her election analysis at a Haymarket event on Friday night. This is an abridged … Continue reading

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Covert Action Magazine: Beware of the Hawk: What to Expect from the Biden Administration on Foreign Policy

Joe Biden’s victory speech exuded a feeling of optimism in its call for a new era of bipartisanship and decency in politics. However, it is unlikely that decency will prevail in the realm of foreign policy. A profile in this … Continue reading

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Review: A People’s Guide to Capitalism

It is not easy explaining relatively complex ideas in a simple and clear manner. Ask any teacher. It’s a skill lacking in many. Hadas Thier has brilliantly succeeded in that challenge with her book introducing Marxist economics. She has delivered … Continue reading

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