sustainability

The Bankers are bankrupt and so are we

26/03/2011

Today over a hundred thousand demonstrators will descend on Central London to protest against cuts in public spending. I can sympathise for I've joined many similar protests defending the rights of ordinary working people and against wanton waste and wars. Why, they wonder, should ordinary people suffer because politicians and bankers have wasted billions on wars and billionaire bankers continue to reward themselves huge bonuses? Unfortunately many have misdiagnosed the problem.

Forerunners of Modern Globalisation

03/01/2011

Our species, homo sapiens sapiens, is now thought to have evolved at least 120,000 years ago with some recent finds in the Middle East dated to as long ago as 200,000 years ago. On that time scale, the Neolithic agrarian revolution, occurring in most parts of the more densely populated world between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago and only reaching some locales such as Australia, in the era of European colonisation.

New Labour's 1997 Manifesto

03/01/2011

This is the honest manifesto the Labour Party did not publish in 1997 before its historic landslide win, well it did gain 43% of the popular vote with a 75% turnout.

Ubiquitous Assault on the Senses

11/12/2010
How will future generations view early 21st century Britain? An age of enlightenment that allowed more women than ever to work, redefined loud arguments as domestic violence, exposed childhood sexual abuse and extended the benefits of prosperity to more people than ever. This is the spin of the neo-liberal media, i.e. you've never had it so good or experienced such a wonderfully fair and harmonious society. Surely you don't want to return to the dark ages when parents routinely spanked their children at the slightest hint of disobedience and women were chained to the proverbial kitchen sink?

Clegg throws it all away

In Mr Rentoul's fantasy world, New Labour stands to the progressive left of the current Tory/LibDem management team. However, whenever they deviate from the party line on neoliberal globalisation, Mr Rentoul doesn't like it. How dare Nick Clegg suggest the oil-motivated invasion of Iraq was illegal? How dare anyone suggest that long-term environment sustainability is more important than short-term profits. NewLabour left this country in a huge mess, Mr Rentoul, with Europe's least sustainable economy, ...

570,000 could join housing waiting lists

So presumably you call Vietnamese sweatshops and shanty towns progress too because they are consequences of the same global system you admire. Basically, you're saying "tough luck". I don't call destroying communities, cultural annihilation and ethnic cleansing progress, I call it regress. As said this housing crisis has been engineered. We didn't have a housing crisis 30 years ago. We simply needed to replenish old stock and build some affordable quality social housing on brownfield sites near to people's ...

“Vision, courage and compassion”

Blairite Clone: "The world depends on trade. We do it honestly..." The world depends on a finely balanced eco-system and couldn't care less about the economic sense human beings shipping products all directions, only about it's sustainability. The UK provides chiefly banking and media (advertising, education, consultancy etc..) services. It also does fairly well in armaments (usually assembled from imported components), big pharma and oil exploration. Do China et al. need our services? No. The banking...

Breeding Hatred

One of the biggest dilemmas for environmental realists is striking the right balance between the potential infringement of human rights required to power down to a more sustainable society on one hand, and the inevitable threat to human rights if we don't take action now. Let's call this the human rights dilemma. One solution is simply to deny the relevance of the coming environmental collapse by idealising a variant form of cornucopia, believing everything would be okay if we just wrested power from the...

Two add Two equals Five because Four is a Racist Number

Racism, or more correctly in most cases xenophobia , is matter of ethics. It seems fair to conclude that racism has no place in any caring society because nobody benefits from being victims of prejudice based on arbitrary ethnic distinctions. In the real world prejudice is a natural by-product of extreme variations in wealth, rampant materialism, heightened social competition and growing duplicity (namely the contrast between our anti-racist rhetoric and selfish behaviour). I doubt the Hotel Ritz has a...

Empiricism and Idealism

Our species has evolved a curious form of opportunistic altruism, in short the notion that we benefit by caring for one another, while each individual strives insofar as possible to enhance his or her own social status, personal security, wealth and power. Thus much political debate concerns the dichotomy between the common good and individual freedom. Idealism merely represents a set of beliefs in an optimal world, where individuals attain the greatest measure of happiness, satisfaction, affection, ...

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