Author Archives: Bob Thomson

Transnational Institute materials on corporate power

I’ve just run across a number of very good short videos on corporate power and alternatives, as well as some longer pieces. See the links below. Bob All of these can be found on the TNI web site under their … Continue reading

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TNI: Grappling with growth – Synergies and tensions between degrowth and people’s movements

An excellent piece on degrowth from the Transnational Institute, by Daniel Boston https://longreads.tni.org/grappling-with-growth We live in an age of converging crises. Only days ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a damning report on the state of the … Continue reading

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Guyana’s PPP government to exploit oil before the planet burns down

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday reiterated at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, USA that the government supports the swift development of the local oil and gas sector as a means of earning as much as possible while global … Continue reading

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American CEOs make 351 times more than workers. In 1965 it was 15 to one | Indigo Olivier | The Guardian

Today in the US, the CEO-to-worker pay gap stands at a staggering 351 to one, an unacceptable increase from 15 to one in 1965. In other words, the average CEO makes nearly nine times what the average person will earn … Continue reading

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FT: Conspicuous consumption can no longer be our economic engine

The capitalist dream of endless growth – just a bit different from today’s reality eh. Reports of the death of economic growth have been greatly exaggerated — thus far, at least. More than 200 years ago, Thomas Malthus predicted that … Continue reading

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London flooding and global warming – a degrowth issue?

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms were being caused by a convergence of air currents as warmth in the Earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rose to meet cooler air in the atmosphere. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jul/25/thunderstorms-leave-cars-and-buses-stranded-in-london

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Degrowth Policies Cannot Avert Climate Crisis Alone. We Need a Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is the boldest and most likely the most effective way to combat the climate emergency. According to its advocates, the Green New Deal will save the planet while boosting economic growth and generating in the process … Continue reading

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One year on, no lessons learnt? – Vikalp Sangam

A very good critique of “development” in India This is a Longer version of the recently published article Are we listening to the lessons taught in the first year of Covid-19? Local self-reliance for basic needs, and localized exchanges of … Continue reading

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Review: Tim Jackson’s Post Growth – Life after capitalism

Tim Jackson’s Prosperity Without Growth is one of the most influential books on the postgrowth bookshelf, written in the wake of the financial crisis and clearly articulating the limits of economic growth as a measure of success. This book also … Continue reading

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What the Ever Given saga could teach us about the world

Washington Post, 30 March 2021 – https://tinyurl.com/38ws8xx4 The mishap led to the huge container ship choking off the Suez Canal, a man-made strait that sees more than a tenth of all global shipping pass through every year, for almost a … Continue reading

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