Author Archives: Bob Thomson

What if Jeff Bezos funded Degrowth.info?

What if Jeff Bezos funded Degrowth.info? There’s lots of talk recently about the wealth of Jeff Bezos. There are maps comparing his wealth to entire countries, a “You are Jeff Bezos” game where you can spend his money on different … Continue reading

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The Davos Set’s Most Dangerous Delusion – Other News

Few thinkers are more deserving of criticism than Milton Friedman. Not only was he the late 20th century’s leading proponent of unfettered capitalism, he served as one of the intellectual fathers of the neoliberal ideology that has been so dominant … Continue reading

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Can we have prosperity without growth? The Newyorker

The critique of economic growth, once a fringe position, is gaining widespread attention in the face of the climate crisis https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/02/10/can-we-have-prosperity-without-growth

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The Traffic Hierarchy – Automobility – The Bullet

A good overview of one of the obstacles to degrowth. One is not born a motorist, one becomes one. Mobility and class are deeply entangled. Not only because one’s potential for mobility often has to do with one’s economic position, … Continue reading

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Redefining consumption. Part two: moving away from consumerism? | IDDRI

The environmental criticism levelled at consumption is often coupled with criticism of its adverse impact on society and lifestyles. F. Trentmann looks at two recurrent criticisms of consumption as a factor in the devitalisation of society. https://www.iddri.org/en/publications-and-events/blog-post/redefining-consumption-part-two-moving-away-consumerism

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DEGLOBALIZATION, BANDUNG, CHINA, COUNTERREVOLUTION, AND OTHER CRITICAL QUESTIONS FOR THE LEFT

[A sweeping review of theoretical and geopolitical issues which, whether you agree with him or even understand all of it, I found immensely stimulating. Thanks to the Transnational Institute for bringing this to my attention. Bob] The original interview with … Continue reading

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Life on the Left: The Limits of Capitalism

That the over-shoot of planetary ecosystem boundaries is a limit to capitalism — and to human population growth and consumption — like no limit we have faced before, is what the global movement of school-strikers is trying to tell us. … Continue reading

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