Economy Archive

  • "In a world of unpredictable change, why would thinking people—or governments—hand over their fates to a system so divorced from reality? None would. But then, as Martin Heidegger (2003 [1955]: 88) observed more than half a century ago, “…man today is in flight from thinking.”

    People, Not Markets, Drive Sustainability

    "In a world of unpredictable change, why would thinking people—or governments—hand over their fates to a system so divorced from reality? None would. But then, as Martin Heidegger (2003 [1955]: 88) observed more than half a century ago, “…man today is in flight from thinking.”

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  • " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

    Re-Imaging the Commons as ‘The Green Economy’ – A Critical Analysis by Dr.Joanna Boehnert

    " With this formulation, the UN's GEP assumes that forests, species, stable climates, etc. are somehow replaceable by the wizardry of financial markets. This new conceptualization of the natural world creates sets of financial commodities thatwill be conserved in order in order to provide ecosystem services – or traded (i.e.sold) to enable development (and ensuing ecological degradation). This project will undoubtedly create "opportunities" for business at first, but one destroyed ecosystems cannot be saved by other preserved ecosystems elsewhere."

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  • "Given the relation between economic production and ecological degradation, Joshua Farley is convinced that economic growth must stop. It is just a question of when. And whether cooperation will displace competition as the dominant concept in the economic paradigm."

    Against Growth | A Conversation With Economist Joshua Farley

    "Given the relation between economic production and ecological degradation, Joshua Farley is convinced that economic growth must stop. It is just a question of when. And whether cooperation will displace competition as the dominant concept in the economic paradigm."

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  • "Locked in colonies and indirect rule of neocolonialism, restricted to lives characterized by brutality, ignorance and violence in the barrios of the Americas and other internal colonies characterized as Indian reservations and black ghettos, kept under the paranoiac, nuclear-backed, armed-to-the-teeth watch of military forces born of a state power that has its origins in protecting the relationship between capitalism and its imperial pedestal, capitalism has been the absolute factor in restricting production and development by concentrating productive capacity in the hands of the world’s minority European population that sits atop the pedestal of our oppressive reality."

    Capitalism, the Highest Stage of Imperialism

    "Locked in colonies and indirect rule of neocolonialism, restricted to lives characterized by brutality, ignorance and violence in the barrios of the Americas and other internal colonies characterized as Indian reservations and black ghettos, kept under the paranoiac, nuclear-backed, armed-to-the-teeth watch of military forces born of a state power that has its origins in protecting the relationship between capitalism and its imperial pedestal, capitalism has been the absolute factor in restricting production and development by concentrating productive capacity in the hands of the world’s minority European population that sits atop the pedestal of our oppressive reality."

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  • "Two characters that lived in the first half of the 20th century in the United States played a major ideological role. For Walter Lippmann, the political journalist, citizens are not capable of understanding the basic political issues at stake. “The role of the public is not really to express an opinion, rather it is to support an opinion or not. On this basis, it is impossible to maintain that a democratic government can directly express the common will.” (7) The mass, therefore, should put its faith in “responsible men”. And it should be possible to govern the people by the “manufacture of consent” (the making of common will), using psychological methods of manipulation."

    Société: From Oligarchy to the New Challenge of Global Politics

    "Two characters that lived in the first half of the 20th century in the United States played a major ideological role. For Walter Lippmann, the political journalist, citizens are not capable of understanding the basic political issues at stake. “The role of the public is not really to express an opinion, rather it is to support an opinion or not. On this basis, it is impossible to maintain that a democratic government can directly express the common will.” (7) The mass, therefore, should put its faith in “responsible men”. And it should be possible to govern the people by the “manufacture of consent” (the making of common will), using psychological methods of manipulation."

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  • "Dr. William Rees is best-known for inventing the "ecological footprint" -- as in "your carbon footprint is too large." In this talk, Dr. Rees discusses global ecological limits (several of which humans have already exceeded) AND the reasons why humans tend to ignore and deny such limits."

    WATCH: Dr. William Rees: Are Humans Inherently Unsustainable? The Myth of the “Green Economy” as the Solution to Our Accelerating Crisis

    "Dr. William Rees is best-known for inventing the "ecological footprint" -- as in "your carbon footprint is too large." In this talk, Dr. Rees discusses global ecological limits (several of which humans have already exceeded) AND the reasons why humans tend to ignore and deny such limits."

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  • "There is no swift economic or technological fix for the myriad complex crises we confront. The only solution lies in organizing informed radical change across all levels of the integrated systems of domination—commencing with an emancipatory education into and critical understanding of the precise nature and dynamics of the systematic barriers blocking our journey into sustainable planetary community. Let us hope that this long march through the institutions does not further transform into a trail of tears."

    Pathologies of Power and the Rise of the Global Industrial Complex

    "There is no swift economic or technological fix for the myriad complex crises we confront. The only solution lies in organizing informed radical change across all levels of the integrated systems of domination—commencing with an emancipatory education into and critical understanding of the precise nature and dynamics of the systematic barriers blocking our journey into sustainable planetary community. Let us hope that this long march through the institutions does not further transform into a trail of tears."

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  • It's Too Late for Sustainability: What We Need is System Change

    "The brightest hope for system change lies with the ever-growing movement for climate and ecological justice. This movement brings together social and environmental justice activists in new ways to challenge development orthodoxies. It raises the voices of communities struggling and resisting on the frontline of the ecological and social crises, and it is generating new ideas about re-aligning the relationship between nature and society, informed by visions of the world that have for too long been subordinated to Western notions of progress. The Indigenous Peoples speak of the crisis of civilisation and the Rights of Mother Earth. We must listen and learn."

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  • Both the perpetrators and greenwashers of ecosystem destruction must be confronted with a wave of people power protests for ecologically sufficient policies like ending primary forest logging, fossil fuels and industrial agriculture. Existing non-violent, direct action protest is fine and must be enlarged, though it has not yet, nor is it likely to be, scaled to an extent able to win on its own. We will need to further intensify our efforts to use the wide myriad of civil and uncivil disobedience tactics known that disrupt ecocide. And if these appeals are not responded to affirmatively after 40 years of stonewalling, we may need to escalate tactics to sabotage, carefully targeted insurgency, and as a last resort, guerrilla warfare.

    Ecology Bubble Bursts

    Both the perpetrators and greenwashers of ecosystem destruction must be confronted with a wave of people power protests for ecologically sufficient policies like ending primary forest logging, fossil fuels and industrial agriculture. Existing non-violent, direct action protest is fine and must be enlarged, though it has not yet, nor is it likely to be, scaled to an extent able to win on its own. We will need to further intensify our efforts to use the wide myriad of civil and uncivil disobedience tactics known that disrupt ecocide. And if these appeals are not responded to affirmatively after 40 years of stonewalling, we may need to escalate tactics to sabotage, carefully targeted insurgency, and as a last resort, guerrilla warfare.

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  • People’s Assemblies are a new organizational paradigm in the Climate Justice movement, based the dynamic process of radical horizontality. Climate Justice community organizing in Toronto has identified empowerment, self—sufficiency, and the creation of radical, sustainable alternatives as essential to strong local communities in confronting the climate crisis in the urban context.

    Toronto People’s Assembly: A New Approach to Climate Justice Organizing

    People’s Assemblies are a new organizational paradigm in the Climate Justice movement, based the dynamic process of radical horizontality. Climate Justice community organizing in Toronto has identified empowerment, self—sufficiency, and the creation of radical, sustainable alternatives as essential to strong local communities in confronting the climate crisis in the urban context.

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