Independent media articles

Sep
20
2020
Brian Czech

WWF shocking report on wildlife, and why the response will be inadequate

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It’s been a while since wildlife—not just a species here or there but wildlife at large—has been front and center in the news. Usually the biggest environmental news pertains to climate change at the global level, or local pollution problems such as lead in the water pipes. “Biodiversity” gained traction as an issue in the 1990s, but seems to have slipped off the public’s radar. (When’s the last time you saw it in a prominent newspaper headline?) Read more …

Aug
2
2020
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘Great Reset’: a power grab by billionaires

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The world is run by and for billionaires. If you’d prefer it to be run democratically, for all of us, then don’t be fooled by the ‘Great Reset’ – a request by the corporate and financial sectors for governments to give them taxpayers’ money to take more control. Read more …

Mar
15
2020
Dave Darby

What’s wrong with billionaires?

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I came across a clip recently (see below) of a radio host filled with incredulity that someone might actually believe that the existence of billionaires is a bad thing. Surely any antipathy towards the super-wealthy must be based on envy or ideology? Don’t they create jobs? Aren’t they philanthropic? Don’t they pay a lot of tax? Aren’t they good role-models for our children? Read more …

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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Jul
7
2019
Micky Metts

Building the open web: an interview with Micky Metts of Agaric

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Dave Darby interviews Micky Metts of Agaric, based in Boston, Massachusetts, who is active in both the co-operative and free/open source movements. Read more …

Jun
30
2019
Matthew Slater

Will Facebook’s Libra coin conquer the world?

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In the wake of Facebook’s recent announcement, community currency engineer Matthew Slater asks if Libra coin is poised to conquer the world. Read more …

Apr
14
2019
Hilary Wainwright

The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

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Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Read more …

Mar
17
2019
Dil Green

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

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This piece was originally published on the blog ‘Digital Anthropology‘.

If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and interact across the world.

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Oct
23
2018
Dorian Cavé

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

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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 …

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 …

Aug
27
2017
Dave Darby

Should we not mention what’s happening to the biosphere, in case it scares the mainstream?

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This is a question for anyone working in the field of environmental sustainability. What’s actually happening to the biosphere, how bad is it, and should we tell people or keep it quiet? Read more …

May
28
2017
Sophie Paterson

Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet

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A solution to the absence of high-speed wireless networks across some developing countries and increasingly appearing in the form of WiFi based community networks in numerous countries in Europe, building a low-tech internet could have benefits for all. With excerpts from an original Low-tech Magazine article by Kris De Decker, we explore how a less resource-intensive and more energy-efficient approach to internet access could provide a resilient cooperative network with renewable energy at its heart. Read more …

May
24
2017
Scarlett Penn

Fantastic volunteering opportunity with the Permaculture Podcast – could it be you or someone you know?

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Daniel Tyrkiel is so dedicated he gets up at 4am every single day. On weekdays it’s so he can to study how to regenerate soil in order to store carbon, clean water, prevent flooding and produce nutritious food, without the need for any chemicals. On weekends it’s to edit his brilliant podcast series, which documents what’s happening with permaculture in the UK. Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat: Jitsi. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. 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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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 …

Nov
27
2016
Dave Darby

New York Times: GM crops require more pesticides and don’t increase yields

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I’ve been saying for a long time that GM crops do not increase yields and they don’t reduce pesticide use – because that’s not what they’re designed for. This report in the New York Times shows that I was right. Read more …

Nov
8
2016
Dave Darby

The US presidential election is a circus, and the sooner we realise that power lies elsewhere the better

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As Adam Curtis recently explained, governments are no longer for deciding how we live, or for building a better society – they have slowly morphed into institutions for managing the affairs of the finance sector. Read more …

Oct
26
2016
Dave Darby

Review of Adam Curtis’s new movie ‘Hypernormalisation’

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Adam Curtis has a new movie out – Hypernormalisation, about how, due to ‘perception management’, what we see as ‘normal’ is anything but – and you can see it for free on BBC iPlayer. Read more …

Apr
13
2016
Dave Darby

If the BBC advertises Tesco, why is there a licence fee?

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Just listened to a ten-minute advert for Tesco on ‘You and Yours’ on Radio 4, masquerading as news. I have some questions: Read more …

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