Citizen Action Monitor

What to do when demand stagnates, unemployment rises, and social instability follows?

Jackson suggests a transition to services offers a more ‘holistic’ solution to unemployment in a low-growth economy. No 2119 Posted by fw, December 10, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

December 10, 2017

A shift towards the services sector of the economy heralds a considerably slower rate of economic growth

In fact, says Tim Jackson, “we may already be heading towards a stationary or quasi-stationary state” of growth. No 2118 Posted by fw, December 9, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

December 9, 2017

“Does sustainable investment increase or diminish growth?” asks Tim Jackson

But does his burst of “economese” muddy the waters of Jackson’s answer? No 2117 Posted by fw, December 8, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

December 8, 2017

Two givens: First, “We must reduce in absolute terms the material throughput of the economy”

Second: “Some things within the economy must continue to grow.” No 2116 Posted by fw, December 7, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click on the … Continue reading

December 7, 2017

Can eco-modernists provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth?”

Tim Jackson critiques their proposed decoupling solution and concludes it would only work for angels. No 2115 Posted by fw, December 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 6, 2017

Can the degrowth movement provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth”?

Tim Jackson critiques degrowth and finds “it gives us too little to go on in building a post-growth macroeconomics.” No 2114 Posted by fw, December 5, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

December 5, 2017

Tim Jackson finds “something distinctly odd about our contemporary refusal to question economic growth”

He sets out to correct that oversight with a “convincing macroeconomics for a ‘post-growth’ society.” No 2113 Posted by fw, December 4, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 4, 2017

Paul Street’s dynamite essay on how American democracy is trumped by a deadly complex of forces

The passivity of Americans in the face of the outrageous Trump presidency is “chilling to behold.” No 2112 Posted by fw, December 3, 2017 “The passivity of the American populace … Continue reading

December 3, 2017

“I think there’s a 95% chance that we’ll go to hell in a handcart with about 4°C warming” – Kevin Anderson

“We have tried our leadership and it has fundamentally failed on climate change.” No 2111 Posted by fw, December 1, 2017 “I wouldn’t work in this area if there’s a … Continue reading

December 1, 2017

Why do ordinary people commit evil acts? asks Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy

Kennedy explains the causes of harmful behaviour and suggests ways we can encourage good behaviour. No 2110 Posted by fw, November 29, 2017 “In short, we know the recipe for … Continue reading

November 29, 2017

On the climate change front, the climate science news out of Washington just keeps getting worse

Only way to resolve the crisis is “by dramatically curbing our use of fossil fuels,” says new report mandated by Congress. No 2109 Posted by fw, November 28, 2017 “You … Continue reading

November 28, 2017

What ‘spirituality’ is not: Thomas Metzinger finds just one meaning of ‘spirituality’ with a “semantic core”

‘Incorruptibility’ is the semantic core of a truly philosophical concept of spirituality. No 2108 Posted by fw, November 27, 2017 “A further aspect that is important for an enlightened, secularized … Continue reading

November 27, 2017

“I predict that during the next decades, we will increasingly experience ourselves as failing beings.”

“We will experience ourselves as beings who collectively and stubbornly act against better knowledge” – Thomas Metzinger. No 2107 Posted by fw, November 26, 2017 “In the external world, climate … Continue reading

November 26, 2017

What Canadians should know about the Net Neutrality battle raging in the US

My questioning comment on an online news source draws a helpful, informed reply from p.munkey. No 2106 Posted by fw, November 25, 2017 A couple of days ago I posted … Continue reading

November 25, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn sees UK city’s shift to local economic development as a model for the future

“Preston Model” uses two approaches to encourage its six major local institutions to spend locally. No 2105 Posted by fw, November 23, 2017 “Could a grassroots development approach help address … Continue reading

November 23, 2017

COP23 is latest “attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion,” declares Kevin Anderson

“Holding to 2°C is now much more of a profound challenge than we appear able to accept.” No 2104 Posted by fw, November 22, 2017 “I’ve endeavoured below to capture … Continue reading

November 22, 2017

WOW! Months after citizen’s angry Town Hall outburst over healthcare, video still captures attention

Articulate New Jersey husband, father blasts GOP Congressman — “Just sit on down. You’re done!” No 2103 Posted by fw, November 20, 2017 “I’m not done yet! I’ve got the … Continue reading

November 20, 2017

BLOCKBUSTER 2012 documentary on today’s crises — Alarming truths left unsaid for too long

Crises we face today were created by humans — What is created by humans can be changed by humans. No 2102 Posted by fw, November 19, 2017 “Most societies have … Continue reading

November 19, 2017

Foundations for the economy of tomorrow derive from four simple first principles cited in Chapter 8 —  

Enterprise as service; Work as participation; Investment as commitment; and Money as a social good. No 2101 Posted by fw, November 17, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

November 17, 2017