Author Archives: Bob Thomson

The great nutrient collapse

A very important article about research which raises the role of climate change (more CO2 in the atmosphere) in causing food crops to grow faster and uptake fewer nutrients in the process, leaving us with fewer vitamins, iron, etc. – … Continue reading

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A Catalan political party argues for degrowth | Steady State Manchester

Remember when politicians in the UK wouldn’t risk arguing strongly against austerity? That changed with the June General Election but there are still things that appear to be “unsayable” in polite political company. One of those is to suggest that … Continue reading

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A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it | George Monbiot

Wednesday 13 September 2017 The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis. Under the neoliberal theory of the financial system, there cannot be a problem. It postulates that … Continue reading

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Commons in the Time of Monsters: an Introduction to P2P Politics | P2P Foundation

An event in London UK next Monday Sept 18 After 40 years of neoliberalization, the promised end of history has led to a decomposition of established hierarchical systems, including politics. This process has culminated in Brexit and Trump. While there … Continue reading

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Degrowth featured at BBC news leads to harsh critique from US conversative newspaper

An interesting plug for Degrowth in a 2 minute subtitled BBC video, and a conservative rejoinder. From: federico demaria Sent: Mon, 04 Sep 2017 Degrowth at BBC news : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HckWP75yk9g Jason Hickel: ‘Our addiction to economic growth is killing us’ … Continue reading

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Inside the new economic science of capitalism’s slow-burn energy collapse | P2P Foundation

New scientific research is quietly rewriting the fundamentals of economics. The new economic science shows decisively that the age of endlessly growing industrial capitalism, premised on abundant fossil fuel supplies, is over. The long-decline of capitalism-as-we-know-it, the new science shows, … Continue reading

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Peer-to-peer production and the partner state | Red Pepper

Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis argue that we need to move to a commons-centric society – with a state fit for the digital age August 27, 2017 What would it mean to go beyond the traditional models of the state, … Continue reading

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