Syriza can transform the EU from within – if Europe will let it

Syriza has repeatedly declared its intention to keep the country within the economic and monetary union, and to avoid unilateral actions. There is little doubt that its leaders are committed Europeanists who truly believe that they could help transform the EU from within.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Excellent article in the Guardian on the political crisis in Greece and its implications for the EU. Must-read article to counter all the scaremongering which EU elites will launch to sabotage Greek democratic vote.

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Infinite happiness

Measuring happiness and letting it grow infinitely just as we used to do with GDP does not absolve economic activity from its ecological and societal impacts.

Source: www.andrereichel.de

Thought-provoking article on the need for new ‘beyond GDP’ indicators questioning the ‘happiness’ as the new economic goal narrative. Reichel is right that ‘beyond GDP’ debate has diverted the discussion from issue of growth, but throws away baby with the bathwater. When shelving GDP, we need an alternative. Maybe happiness is too subjective as a goal. What about ‘quality of life’?

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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

To the extent that degrowth is an involuntary process then another set of issues arise – will the society and economy withstand the process without catastrophic breakdowns and what can the many kinds of projects and policies described in this book do to make energy descent a survivable process for the population? A great many people will be finding that their lifestyle packages are severely stressed and breaking apart and this will generate a great deal of fear and ‘negative’ emotions.

Source: www.feasta.org

Fascinating, must-read debate between Feasta’s Brian Davey and  Giorgios Kallis on the framing of #degrowth. Can we manage degrowth or do we prepare for collapse?

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Please Steal Our Fossil Fuels

The main threat to a prosperous low-carbon future is the waste that low fossil-fuel prices encourage. If some extra-terrestrial thief stole two-thirds of the world’s oil, gas, and coal reserves, we could still enjoy the household appliances, information technology, heating, lighting, and mobility that define the modern world.

Source: www.project-syndicate.org

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Is the Lima deal a travesty of global climate justice?

As it stands, 21 years of tortuous negotiations may have actually taken developing countries backwards on tackling climate change. From an imperfect but legally binding UN treaty struck in 1992, in which industrialised countries accepted responsibility and agreed to make modest but specific cuts over a defined period, we now have the prospect of a less than legally binding global deal where everyone is obliged to do something but where the poor may have to do the most and the rich will be free to do little.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Finally, an honest and insightful evaluation of the Lima failure by Guardian journalist John Vidal.

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How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America’s High-Tech Future

all of the technologies in the iPhone ­– things like touch-screen technology, GPS, and so on — originated with government spending, funded by taxpayer money.

That’s why a company like Apple should be using a substantial portion of its super-profits to support government investment in the next generation of innovation. Instead, the company runs an entire division devoted to finding ways to avoid taxation.

Source: ineteconomics.org

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Michael Hudson: U.S. New Cold War Policy Has Backfired

German Chancellor Merkel seems to be ignoring German and other European economic interests. Still obsessed with her hatred of the East German Communist regime, she sees in Russia only an enemy, not an economic market and supplier of raw materials and customer for German manufactures and technology. Likewise, her political love for the United States deems it Europe’s natural friend, without taking into account how its New Cold War policy toward Europe – “Let’s you and Russia fight” – undercuts European continental interests and exacerbates its austerity.

Source: www.nakedcapitalism.com

Brilliant analysis by economics professor Michael Hudson of US and EU foreign policy towards Russia and its geopolitical consequences.

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Owning is the New Sharing

There are many ways to own. Simply giving up on ownership, however, will mean that those who actually do own the tools that we rely on to share will control them. People who want an economy of genuine sharing are coming to recognize that they must embrace ownership — and, as they do, they’re changing what owning means altogether.

Source: www.resilience.org

Will the sharing economy be hijacked by capitalism? On owning and sharing in a changing economic reality

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Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

most liberals have just moved a giant boat-load of denial down-stream, and that this denial is as harmful as that of conservatives. While the various aspects of liberal denial are my main overall topic, here, and will be addressed in our following five sections, they add up to the belief that we can avoid the most catastrophic levels of climate disruption without changing our fundamental way of life. This is myth is based on errors that are as profound and basic as the conservative denial of climate change itself.

Source: www.resilience.org

Refreshing must-read article on the denial strategies of progressives who believe in climate change but are not willing to accept the inconvenient truth that we will need to change our way of life.

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Debating the Sharing Economy

There is little doubt that the prosharing discourse is blind to the dark side of these innovations. At the same time, the critics are too cynical. There is potential in this sector for creating new businesses that allocate value more fairly, that are more democratically organized, that reduce eco-footprints, and that can bring people together in new ways.

Source: www.resilience.org

Absolute must-read article on the sharing economy by Juliet Schor looking at the light as well as the dark sides of this new economic reality.

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