Author Archives: Bob Thomson

An engineer, an economist, and an ecomodernist walk into a bar and order a free lunch . . .

by Stan Cox, climateandcapitalism.com July 30, 2018 08:25 AM Billions of people around the world need more energy than they can afford, while [m]illions of others can afford to buy far more energy than is required to meet their [basic] … Continue reading

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HOW TO LOSE AN EARTH IN 10 YEARS

By Shannon Osaka – Grist, via Other News, Rome, 2 August 201) A 66-page New York Times Magazine with only a single article on climate change written by Nathaniel Rich and titled “Losing Earth,” is online now and makes for … Continue reading

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The Entropy Wars: Five Financial Uncertainties of 2018 (So Far) By Nomi Prins

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, entropy is “a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder.” With that in mind, perhaps the best way to predict President Trump’s next action is just to focus on the path … Continue reading

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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things review – how capitalism works

In the early pages of their book A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W Moore ask us to consider the McNugget as the reigning symbol of the modern era. One of their central contentions … Continue reading

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A Synthesis of the Findings of P2P Theory: Ten Years After | P2P Foundation

“The object of P2P Theory is to investigate the specific phase transition from social forms based on the domination of the market form (aka capitalism), to social forms based on the peer to peer network form.” Different historians and anthropologists … Continue reading

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Herman Daly, Benjamin Kunkel: Ecologies of Scale. New Left Review 109, January-February 2018.

A Steady State / Ecological Economics / Degrowth 101 review, or long read, with Herman Daly. Whatever your views within this (these) stream(s), this is an overview combining his personal subjective roots with a discussion of historical theoretical approaches that … Continue reading

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Making the case against geoengineering

The Big Bad Fix powerfully exposes the dangers of deliberate climate modification, and presents alternatives. A deeper focus on fighting the fossil industry would strengthen the argument. The role of degrowth doesn’t appear in this review (or the book?) but … Continue reading

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