Author Archives: Bob Thomson

Amber Waves: The Extraordinary Biography of Wheat, from Wild Grass to World Megacrop

I have regularly said that the gold and silver of the Incas and Aztecs financed the industrial revolution in Europe, but that the potato also was important. The introduction of the potato to Europe, a crop which produces more kilocalories … Continue reading

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Book: An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life

Recommended by a friend The reality of runaway climate change is inextricably linked with the mass consumerist, capitalist society in which we live. And the cult of endless growth, and endless consumption of cheap disposable commodities, isn’t only destroying the … Continue reading

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The internet of threats and promise: Can big data help define an alternative transition?

Bob Thomson Draft 12 January 2020 Abstract Social media and the internet provide us with both “information” and “fake news”. Our growing capacity to analyse old and new economic and political models brings both despair and hope that we can … Continue reading

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Announcement: The Great Degrowth Debate (16 Nov YouTube) 19:00 CET 13:00 EST

From the UK Degrowth Summer School Dear all, hope this email finds you well, and sorry for cross-posting. We thought you might be interested in joining us for a live debate on Monday 16th of November at 19.00 CET (Paris/Rome/Berlin) … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein on Joe Biden

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognise how narrow this win was Naomi Klein delivered her election analysis at a Haymarket event on Friday night. This is an abridged … Continue reading

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Covert Action Magazine: Beware of the Hawk: What to Expect from the Biden Administration on Foreign Policy

Joe Biden’s victory speech exuded a feeling of optimism in its call for a new era of bipartisanship and decency in politics. However, it is unlikely that decency will prevail in the realm of foreign policy. A profile in this … Continue reading

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Review: A People’s Guide to Capitalism

It is not easy explaining relatively complex ideas in a simple and clear manner. Ask any teacher. It’s a skill lacking in many. Hadas Thier has brilliantly succeeded in that challenge with her book introducing Marxist economics. She has delivered … Continue reading

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Review: Rob Wallace – Dead Epidemiologists: On the origins of Covid-19

A new book by Rob Wallace, Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19, argues just that. According to Wallace, industrial agriculture pushes “capitalized wild foods deeper into the last of the primary landscape, dredging out a wider variety of potentially … Continue reading

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Whose Green recovery: Why poorer countries must not be left behind by richer countries’ recovery plans

A new report from UK development charity Christian Aid warns that post-Covid stimulus packages are in danger of widening global inequality and pushing poorer countries to turn to fossil fuels which would threaten the success of the UK’s COP26 climate … Continue reading

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Some issues in agrarian and ecological economics, in memory of Georgescu-Roegen

Juan Marinez-alier, Autonomous University of Barcelona Ecological Economics 22 (1997) 225–238 Ecological critics of economics have argued for over one hundred years that economists should study the flow of energy and materials in the economy. The services nature offers to … Continue reading

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