Mar
16
2017
Dave Darby

Is democracy obsolete, and can we ever achieve it as long as we have to keep feeding ‘the beast’?

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Posted Mar 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

In the West, there’s a word that usually accompanies ‘democracy’, and that word is ‘liberal’. Liberal democracies – that’s what we have in the West. That’s liberal, as in liberty / freedom; and that’s certainly what classical liberalism stood for in its infancy. Read more …

Mar
8
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 11: buying a laptop without Windows – with Linux or with no operating system at all

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Posted Mar 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the last in a series of articles to help you to jettison Windows and corporate software generally. Read more …

Mar
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 10: how to install Linux on your hard drive (alongside Windows)

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Posted Mar 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the latest in a series of articles intended to help you become Windows- and corporate-software-free. Read more …

Feb
16
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 9: learning to use Linux

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Posted Feb 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Remember the previous two blog articles about switching to open source / free software? The first was about switching to free / open source programmes whilst still using Windows, and the second was about downloading the Linux operating system onto a datastick so that you can play with it and familiarise yourself with it, but keep Windows in the mean time. Read more …

Feb
14
2017
Dave Darby

How to misrepresent Adam Smith: review of P. J. O’Rourke’s ‘On the Wealth of Nations’

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Posted Feb 14 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I don’t know if you’re familiar with P. J., but he’s an excellent writer, and he’s extremely, acerbically funny. With this book, as with his Give War a Chance, several times he made me spit my tea out and have to stop to wipe tea off the page. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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Posted Feb 5 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
saxon-village

If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Jan
31
2017
Dave Darby

Is a Permaculture world achievable, and if so, why are we moving in the opposite direction?

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Posted Jan 31 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Every species has to live in harmony with nature, and humans are no exception. The alternative is gruesome and very short-term. Our ultimate and most valuable treasures are the soil and the sea. They provide all our food Read more …

Jan
25
2017
Dave Darby

Part-time work available in the Lowimpact.org team

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Posted Jan 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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We’re looking for a somebody to work with us – from home, part-time, to market our activities and our publications to more people. Read more …

Jan
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 8: how to test drive Linux from a datastick, but keep Windows for the time being

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Posted Jan 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

A while ago I blogged about the various open source programmes I’m using. I’m absolutely non-techie when it comes to IT. I have no interest in the technical underpinning of what I want to do with my computer, and this makes it difficult for technical people to explain things to me. Read more …

Jan
15
2017
Dave Darby

What to do if you want to build your home on a spot occupied by an ancient tree

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Posted Jan 15 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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We’ve been contacted several times by people who ask why we’re promoting the building of timber homes and the burning of wood in wood stoves or biomass boilers. Their argument was that timber building and the production of firewood require the felling of trees Read more …

Jan
13
2017
Dave Darby

Ecology as theology: religion must oppose the destruction of nature

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Posted Jan 13 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The vast majority of the world’s population subscribe to a religion. According to Pew Research, although the number of people unaffiliated with a particular faith will increase by 2050, as a percentage, this group will fall from 16% now to 13% in 2050 Read more …

Jan
8
2017
Dave Darby

What are the roots of right and left thinking, and can we unite left and right against corporate power?

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Posted Jan 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Why do people who consider themselves ‘left-wing’ seem to embrace a raft of policies that appear unrelated? For example, if you’re of the left, and you believe in (say) progressive taxation, why should that also mean that you believe in gun control, or Read more …

Jan
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 7: our experience of a local fishbox / community-supported fish scheme

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Posted Jan 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

You may remember that we blogged an interview last summer with Guy Dorrell, who set up a ‘fishbox’, or ‘community-supported fish’ project, called ‘Faircatch‘. After interviewing him, my partner and I signed up to his scheme to try it out. I’m now reporting on how the idea worked for us Read more …

Jan
3
2017
Dave Darby

Reasons not to buy from Amazon

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Posted Jan 3 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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In 1983, Richard Stallman launched the GNU free software project, on which many people could collaborate, and in 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation, to promote and assist the development of free software. Here is a page from his website Read more …

Jan
1
2017
Dave Darby

Is the quest for perpetual economic growth the witch-burning of our times, and could this be the year we start to challenge it?

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Posted Jan 1 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Johannes Kepler was one of the major figures in the 17th century Scientific Revolution. In his day, people were grappling with the question of whether the earth was the centre of the universe, as the Church said it was, or whether it was just another planet, revolving around the Sun Read more …

Dec
18
2016
Dave Darby

Monopoly and capitalism: why you’ll lose at both if you try to play nice

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Posted Dec 18 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Monopoly is obviously based on capitalism, but the biggest difference between Monopoly and real-life capitalism is that Monopoly is just a game. Whatever happens in the game, it doesn’t mean that in real life Read more …

Dec
15
2016
Dave Darby

Companies like Fairphone, Ecotricity etc. are doing great things, but could easily be picked off by the corporate sector; why aren’t they co-ops?

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Posted Dec 15 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Body Shop, Green & Blacks, Ben & Jerry’s and Innocent Drinks represented a Brave New World when it came to doing business – Fair Trade, sustainable, (slightly) less hierarchical, informal, friendly. Read more …

Dec
11
2016
Dave Darby

Review of ‘Extinction: A Radical History’ by Ashley Dawson

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Posted Dec 11 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I tend to look out for new books on extinction – I think species extinction is the clearest indicator of what’s happening to ecology, and the thing that will precipitate its collapse unless we stop it. Read more …

Dec
8
2016
Dave Darby

Dear Fidel Castro…

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Posted Dec 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I believe that you were a great man – whatever you did, you did because of passion and integrity, not because of a thirst for money or power. But you had the wrong plan. Read more …

Dec
4
2016
Dave Darby

What good might come from a Trump presidency?

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Posted Dec 4 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Donald Trump says that when men get together in locker-rooms (or on buses), they ‘talk like that’ with each other. But they don’t – I have male friends, and if one of them talked to me ‘like that’, it would be the end of our friendship. Read more …

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