Philosophy articles

Nov
17
2019
Dave Darby

Can elections really change anything?

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Can elections really change anything? Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org shares his views on the question in the run-up to the general election.
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Nov
3
2019
David Thorne

Debate: to fly or not to fly; or ‘the plane’s going anyway’

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We’d love to know what you think about this debate, between David, treasurer of Transition Town Tooting, and Dave of Lowimpact.org about whether giving up flying has any effect on climate change. Read more …

Aug
4
2019
Dave Darby

What’s the difference between capitalism and a free market?

3

People usually conflate the two, but I want to try to persuade (mainly the right) that capitalism is nothing like a free market, and (mainly the left) that there’s nothing wrong with a truly free market. Read more …

Jun
22
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

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We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week.
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May
5
2019
Dil Green

Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit

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Looking ahead to a future post-capitalism, Dil Green of NonCorporate.org shares how and why he’s working on mutual credit as one of its core pillars.
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Jan
1
2019
Dave Darby

What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

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So let’s start the year with a bit of optimism. Our last post was about the fact that there is a general lack of understanding of the implications of biodiversity loss, and the contribution of climate change to it. This post is for people who do understand what’s happening to nature, but can see no way to avoid catastrophe. Read more …

Dec
30
2018
Dave Darby

We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash

12

A few years ago, I was having a beer in the bar at King’s Cross narrowboat marina, when someone called Fred asked me what I did. When I said that I worked for an environmental organisation, he came up with a classic line that I’ve quoted many times since. Read more …

Oct
25
2018
Eloise Sentito

Of watermelons and apples: climate breakdown, growth, trade, state and money (an open letter to George Monbiot)

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Dear George,

Congratulations on your contribution to the Moral Maze last week – I switched on the radio just as your volley articulating the ideological differentiation between fiscal and legal rationing fairly seared the waves. Read more …

Oct
23
2018
Dorian Cavé

Is the Western mindset the source of our current ecological and social problems?

20

What was it about European cultural development that led to the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, capitalism and environmental destruction? Why didn’t it happen in the apparently much more fertile ground of China, India or the Arab world? Read more …

Oct
21
2018
Dave Darby

Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

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I’m using the original definition of the word, not its bastardisation that over the years has come to be used as a kind of insult in some circles. I’ve been called ‘too radical’, and I want to show why that’s an absurdity. Read more …

Oct
14
2018
Dave King

Is technology the problem? Conversation with Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan

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This is a conversation between Dave Darby of NonCorporate.org and Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan. Dave (K) is opposed to the ‘technocracy’ that he describes as the root cause of environmental destruction and lack of democracy. Read more …

Sep
2
2018
Prof. Jem Bendell

12 reasons why people refuse to address the idea that we’re headed for near-term societal collapse

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The starting point for a generative discussion of the deep adaptation agenda is a difficult one. Because to begin to rigorously and imaginatively discuss this topic first requires us to accept the likelihood of near term societal collapse. Read more …

Aug
8
2018
Dave Darby

My mutual credit journey (and how you can join in the fun)

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I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’. Read more …

Jun
7
2018
Dave Darby

Announcing the launch of NonCorporate.org – how to move away from multinational corporations

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of NonCorporate.org – our sister site, dedicated to helping people move away from multinational corporations (MNCs) for everything they need. Read more …

May
29
2018
Dave Darby

Jordan Peterson talks some sense, but he’s wrong about two very important things

7

Jordan Peterson is provocative, interesting and a formidable opponent in debates and interviews. He doesn’t interrupt, he thinks carefully about people’s points, he doesn’t run away from difficult arguments (or difficult people) and he’s helped a lot of people to rescue their damaged lives. Read more …

May
22
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate on capitalism: what happened and what I learnt

9

You may remember that I was invited to take part in a public debate in London recently (see here) about whether capitalism is ‘the best system for a sustainable future’. I was asked to deliver the ‘no’ position. Read more …

May
17
2018
Dave Darby

The two roads to serfdom: how neoliberals misrepresent Hayek

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I recently went to visit a friend in Germany by train, and as I packed my bag, I looked around for a book to throw in, to read on the way. The one I plumped for was the Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek, Mrs. Thatcher’s (and Ronald Reagan’s) guru. Read more …

Apr
3
2018
Rebecca Card

Reclaiming our ancient indigenous wisdom and a sense of ‘the village’

3

I think I am unusual. I can find a confidence inside that allows me to take risks. This confidence allows me to initiate things that I feel passionate about and because I see their worth in the world. I can do this even if I think I don’t know what I’m doing. Read more …

Jan
23
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Joy in enough: awakening to a new economics

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On 18th November last year there was a one-day workshop in Sheffield called “Joy in Enough – Awakening to a New Economics”. It was delivered by Green Christian who are a multi-denominational charity that have been operating for over thirty years. Read more …

Dec
7
2017
Dave Darby

It can’t possibly be a bad thing to live in the wild and to harvest both plants and animals for food – can it?

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A group of us are attempting to have a debate about the sustainability of meat production, but I’ve realised that our differences are much deeper. Read more …

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