Monthly Archives: January 2022

Big Agribusiness is Driving the World Food Crisis

Organic Consumers Association … from the newsletter Naked Capitalism “Sustainable solutions to the food crisis already exist, but they need more support. According to a report by the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), ‘Who Will Feed … Continue reading

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Wengrow & Graeber, Large-Scale Societies Don’t Need Massive Inequalities

A wonderful Jacobin Magazine interview with David Wengrow, co-author with the late David Graeber of “The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity”, which describes their work based on indigenous “new world” archaeology and anthropology https://jacobinmag.com/2021/12/wengrow-interview-graeber-dawn-of-everything-urbanism-hunter-gatherers-agriculture He reviews how … Continue reading

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Living Well

My synthesis. Read the full article (with the author’s permission) at https://newint.org/features/2021/10/07/living-well Richard Swift, New Internationalist, 10 December 2021 The obsession with full employment is a dead end in a world on the ecological brink. Richard Swift explores what could … Continue reading

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Zero emissions drive would grow U.S. economy » Yale Climate Connections

More reports from the church of growth! Climate models show time is running out for the world to cut emissions and avert catastrophic climate change, but a new report finds that taking the required action will actually boost economic growth … Continue reading

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The Dawn of Human History Gets a Rewrite – Atlantic Magazine

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/graeber-wengrow-dawn-of-everything-history-humanity/620177 Graeber & Wengrow’s brilliant new account upends bedrock assumptions about 30,000 years of change. Below is a quick synthesis of what I liked most about his review wrt 17th century first nations indigenous critiques and inspiration of European enlightenment. … Continue reading

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Protein from gorse bushes could feed millions of people, says expert | Plants | The Guardian

The gorse bushes that have invaded many Scottish landscapes could produce enough protein to feed millions of people, according to the leader of a Scottish government research programme. The surprising suggestion by Prof Wendy Russell, at the University of Aberdeen, … Continue reading

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Ecosocialism and degrowth: A reply | Climate & Capitalism

In A critique of degrowth, David Schwartzman argued that ecosocialists should reject degrowth advocates’ analysis and solutions. In this contribution, ecosocialist Simon Butler challenges aspects of Schwartzman’s critique. https://climateandcapitalism.com/2022/01/06/ecosocialism-and-degrowth-a-reply/

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A Critique of Degrowth by David Schwartzman

Ecosocialist responses to “degrowth” analysis and proposals have ranged from full support to total rejection. The author of the following critical commentary is an emeritus professor of biology at Howard University, and co-author of The Earth is Not for Sale … Continue reading

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Review: The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow gets almost everything wrong.

https://www.focaalblog.com/2021/12/22/chris-knight-wrong-about-almost-everything/ Chris Knight: Senior research fellow in anthropology at University College London, where he forms part of a team researching the origins of our species in Africa. The Dawn of Everything’s central idea is challenging. We are told that humans … Continue reading

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“The iron cage” of Capital – Leonardo Boff, ALAI 04/01/2022

The unexpected may occur, within the quantum perspective assumed by the new cosmology: the current suffering due to the systemic crisis will not be in vain; it is accumulating benign energies that will make a leap to another, higher order. … Continue reading

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