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    Should the TV licence fee be scrapped?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Mar-2016 | 4

    It’s a tricky one. The argument for the licence fee (and one that I used to subscribe to until I watched the Panorama corporate propaganda piece – see below) is that the Beeb produces drama of a quality not found anywhere else. Read more

    Hats off to Brandalism for exposing corporate greenwash

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 05-Dec-2015 | 1

    Genius campaign by a group called Brandalism. They managed to get around 600 spoof but corporate-looking adverts all over Paris in time for the climate talks. The fake ads were the work of 82 artists from 19 countries, and they parody the companies involved in sponsoring the climate talks. Read more

    There are plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act; here’s what you can do

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 14-Nov-2015 | 0

    In the great state/corporate battle against you, the latest round is an attempt to water down the Freedom of Information Act (other major assaults are TTIP and the Global Redesign Initiative). This is the act that brought you the MPs’ expenses scandal, and the fact that the UK government worked with chemical corporations to block… Continue reading There are plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act; here’s what you can do Read more

    What I learnt about US Middle East policy and the international oil market in a kebab shop in Tooting

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 28-Jun-2015 | 12

    I learnt something about US foreign policy (or more accurately, corporate foreign policy – this has nothing to do with the American people) in a kebab shop in Tooting – or rather, I didn’t so much learn about the foreign policy as how events that are largely unknown to most British people are common currency for… Continue reading What I learnt about US Middle East policy and the international oil market in a kebab shop in Tooting Read more

    Why Panorama’s GM propaganda was false, there is no food shortage and we don’t need GM to feed the world

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Jun-2015 | 0

    Did you see the BBC’s Panorama on monday, promoting the GM (genetic modification) industry? Here are four reasons their message is just pure propaganda on behalf of the corporate sector. Read more

    How would you rank these in order of importance: truth, happiness, justice, freedom?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Jun-2015 | 1

    It’s the next readers’ question in Philosophy Now magazine (much recommended, by the way), and when I saw it yesterday, I had a very strong reaction to it that has big implications for Lowimpact’s position on sustainability and democracy Read more

    Art and the apocalypse: do artists and writers have a duty to raise the alarm?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 22-Apr-2015 | 1

    Sometime last year I took my youngest son for a walk along the beach. I’d been reading an article about climate change and the acidification of the oceans. Bad timing you might call it. Read more

    The elephant in the room that will be present at all pre-election debates

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 19-Mar-2015 | 47

    Last night I attended an event organised by our local Transition group, Transition Town Tooting, where local people were able to meet and chat to parliamentary candidates for the upcoming general election. Read more

    Are we ‘silenced by economic power’? Paris 2015 and the Hartwell Paper

    In December 2011, South Africa welcomed the United Nations Framing Convention on Climate Change. The host city was Durban, where a number of years before, and just after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela had Read more

    BBC: ‘Only by increasing productivity can we improve the quality of our lives’. Do you agree?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-May-2014 | 0

    It’s a quote from an economist invited in to comment about the UK economy on the BBC World Service earlier this week (it doesn’t matter who – this is a point that virtually all economists agree on, to the shame of the discipline). Read more

    It’s not possible to demonise people any more, in the age of the internet

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-May-2014 | 0

    Western populations have to kept in a state of fear, so that weapons corporations can continue to make huge profits. People of America – this is your latest enemy: Read more

    Sneaky marketing: heads-up for anyone with an online presence

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Jan-2014 | 1

    Here’s the incomparably wonderful Bill Hicks on marketing. If you don’t know him, just put his name into YouTube. You’re in for a treat. Read more

    Our award for most misleading and mendacious article of 2013 goes to MoneyWeek’s ‘End of Britain’

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 29-Dec-2013 | 0

    You may have seen a sensationalist video called ‘the End of Britain’ that’s been doing the rounds throughout 2013. It’s a flashy, authoritative-looking video, and well it should be, as it’s produced by MoneyWeek Magazine Read more

    Do you think you live in a democracy?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Sep-2013 | 0

    You can’t change anything by voting. Or, as Emma Goldman put it: ‘if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’. Politicians can rearrange deckchairs but they can’t steer the ship away from the iceberg Read more

    Who says green/spiritual/progressive ideas aren’t represented in the mainstream?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Feb-2013 | 0

    When we complain that green/spiritual/progressive ideas are not represented in the mainstream, let me tell you about the Jonathan Ross show on Saturday night (and you can’t get any more mainstream than that – it’s the epicentre of mainstream). Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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