Steady-state economics articles

Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

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This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more …

Jun
25
2017
Dave Darby

B-corporations – yes or no?

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What do you consider the correct approach towards multinational corporations – tame them, or start to get rid of them? And what do we mean by ‘tame’ exactly? And what are the problems with multinational corporations in the first place? Read more …

Jun
6
2017
Dave Darby

In a perpetually-growing economy, what will limit the number of cars in the world?

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I come back to the subject of economic growth reasonably regularly, or to be more specific, the concept of perpetual, constant, infinite growth. And I’ll keep doing it until this absurd idea is consigned to the same historical category as phlogiston or a geocentric universe. Read more …

May
11
2017
Dave Darby

This is the best attempt I’ve seen at building a sustainable, democratic, (and inevitably moneyless) economy. It’s worth understanding what they’re saying

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If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that whatever we do, we’re not going to transition to a sustainable, democratic future with the current money and banking system, then I agree with you. Read more …

May
7
2017
Dave Darby

How money causes poverty (plus war and ecological destruction), and what could replace it

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Exchange has always been part of the human story, whether between individuals, tribes or nations. Some people have what others don’t, due to geography or skill, and exchange is a means of getting what you don’t have, and giving what you have a surplus of. Read more …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

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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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 …

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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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
9
2017
Paul Edwards

Is modern life a mistake?

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I was back recently in my old stomping ground of Bicester in Oxfordshire – it was not a happy visit. 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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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 …

Sep
23
2016
Dave Darby

David Fleming’s ‘Lean Logic’ and ‘Surviving the Future’, and why they’re important

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I attended the launch of two books at Daunt Bookshop in Chelsea on Wednesday evening. David Fleming died in 2010, and now his friend Shaun Chamberlin has edited his magnum opusLean Logic, and Chelsea Green have published it. Read more …

Sep
8
2016
Dave Darby

Revisiting my old university economics textbook – how did I ever fall for this nonsense?

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I haven’t opened my old university economics textbook (Economics, by David Begg, Stanley Fischer and Rudiger Dornbusch) since the 1980s, so I was curious to see how I would respond to what I was taught 30 years ago. Read more …

Jul
4
2016
Dave Darby

Moving forward without the EU: clouds & silver linings

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I think we all have stories about mad conversations we’ve had about Brexit since the referendum (or is it just me?). I was called a racist, for example, for suggesting that the UK is nowhere near the top of the league of ‘most xenophobic countries’, and I’ve been amazed by the vitriol this has stirred up on both sides. Read more …

Jun
20
2016
Dave Darby

The EU referendum from an environmental perspective: are you willing to be challenged?

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Almost all of my friends, and people whose opinions I respect, are intending to vote ‘Remain’ on Thursday. Here are the four main reasons I hear: Read more …

May
1
2016
Dave Darby

Obama says we’ll be ‘at the back of the queue’ for TTIP if we leave the EU; that’s the best argument I’ve heard for Brexit

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Trade deals (and in fact, the EU) exist to maximise growth and to orient our economies towards exports. From an environmental perspective, this is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Read more …

Feb
17
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

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In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more …

Feb
15
2016
Dave Darby

What’s the relative value of the world’s gold, Bitcoins, banknotes, derivatives, stocks & shares, property etc. See this incredible visualisation

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Do you have any idea of the value of all the Bitcoins in the world, compared to, say, the value of all the silver in the world, or compared to the wealth of Warren Buffet, or compared to the amount of global debt etc.? Read more …

Feb
1
2016
Dave Darby

The discipline of economics presupposes corporate capitalism and perpetual growth, which renders it invalid

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Economics is not an unbiased academic discipline, it’s an ideology. Furthermore, economics is based on the false premise that perpetual growth is achievable. It is not, and the reason most people can’t see this is Read more …

Dec
14
2015
Dave Darby

Take back the city – if you’re not “proud that London is the natural habitat of the billionaire”

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People of Britain, are you proud that your capital city is geared towards attracting billionaires (that’s a quote by Boris Johnson by the way)? Read more …

Dec
9
2015
Dave Darby

To all environmental groups: lifestyle change isn’t going to be enough to avert ecological catastrophe

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Someone said to me the other day that he associated ‘low-impact’ with lifestyle but not with politics or economics. Someone else asked why we blogged about TTIP, economic growth or system change when we were ‘just’ an environmental organisation. Read more …

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