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    Is there a correlation between opinions on ecology and opinions on ethnicity?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-May-2015 | 4

    The reason you’re on this website, I guess, is that you believe that there’s something wrong in terms of ecology, or nature. You may not know the details, but you have a strong feeling (or even quite a precise understanding) that we’re not living in harmony with nature, and that’s going to cause us more… Continue reading Is there a correlation between opinions on ecology and opinions on ethnicity? Read more

    What I’ve learnt from talking with City bankers

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Apr-2015 | 4

    Recently I’ve had more contact with bankers than I usually do – proper, Square Mile, City bankers. From the things I’ve written on this blog, you’d think we wouldn’t get on. But we did, and we had some really interesting conversations. I want to paraphrase those conversations for you as best I can, and talk… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from talking with City bankers Read more

    Tribute to my friend Martin, who died yesterday

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 10-Apr-2015 | 2

    My friend Martin died yesterday. I drink at his bar – the Little Bar – and dance. I danced with my partner there many times. He put music on, people danced – and sat and talked. Everyone talked to each other. He sold beer made in a brewery on an industrial estate up the road Read more

    Braziers Park community wants to set up a university completely independent from the corporate sector, and you can get involved

    ‘When a university becomes a business the whole of student life is transformed. When a university is more concerned with its image, its marketability and the ‘added value’ of its degrees, the student is no longer a student – they become a commodity and education becomes a service.’ 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

    Mark Lynas thinks that corporate capitalism can solve climate change – that’s like burning your house down to keep warm

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 12-Mar-2015 | 7

    Oh do beware someone who comes before you and claims to be the voice of reason. Mark Lynas does exactly that in this morning’s Guardian and it doesn’t wash. His argument is barely an argument at all, more like a sort of faux man-in-the-street flimflam. Beware. Read more

    Here’s our new ‘manifesto’. We’d be interested in your feedback

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Feb-2015 | 7

    Our manifesto We now know that the richest 1% of the world own the same amount of wealth as the other 99%. But it’s worse than that. Read more

    Why Adam Smith, father of capitalism, would have hated neoliberalism

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-Oct-2014 | 2

    1776 was a very good year. The US declared independence and Adam Smith wrote the Wealth of Nations. Both of these events helped mark the transition to a new world; both have contributed enormously to human freedom, and have therefore been claimed by neoliberals as their own. Read more

    What is human nature? Are we really a horrible species?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Sep-2014 | 0

    When discussing war, exploitation, wealth disparities, violence and the apparently uncaring nature of society, a common response is: ‘well, that’s human nature for you’. Is it? Really? Are we that bad? Are we inherently, intrinsically, irredeemably horrible? Read more

    Do you consider yourself left-wing or right-wing, and does it matter any more?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Jun-2014 | 3

    Do you label yourself ‘left’ or ‘right’, or somewhere in the middle? Do you think the Labour party in the UK or the Democrats in the US, are left-wing parties? Or do you have only a vague idea about what those labels mean? 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

    Could you explain Mercantilism, if you were asked?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-May-2014 | 0

    If you were asked, could you describe Mercantilism? I dare say you could have a good go at Capitalism and Feudalism. But Mercantilism? And is it worth finding out? I think it is, because it tells us a lot about the system we live under now Read more

    How do you begin with philosophy?

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

    To get started with philosophy, I think you need three things: a) some idea of where we are – to know what solar systems and galaxies are, and to have a vague idea of how many there are Read more

    ‘Breaking the Frame’ gathering & volunteer opportunity

    David King of | 28-Feb-2014 | 0

    Here’s some information on a great gathering happening in Derbyshire in May, and see below for an interesting volunteer opportunity in London to assist in organising the event. Over to David. Read more

    This is how ‘development’ works – from a low-impact perspective & as reported in the corporate press

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Dec-2013 | 2

    This is how ‘development’ works. NB: you can substitute any rich country for Germany, and any poor country for Zambia. In the boardroom of a global corporation in Germany, the following conversation takes place: Read more

    How my cat taught me that nature is merciless

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

    Here’s my cat – Keith. He looks cute, doesn’t he? But actually, he’s a killer. I’ve seen him torture things for his amusement – he wasn’t hungry and he didn’t want them to die quickly (less fun). Read more

    Is there such a thing as progress?

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

    Here’s a blog I recently came across, by the ‘Archdruid’ – his argument is that the concept of ‘progress’ is now defunct and that science is just another story – a myth amongst many others that attempt to explain the universe. Read more

    Review of ‘Why Marx Was Right’ by Terry Eagleton

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Jul-2013 | 0

    Review of Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton. Yes, we’re all looking for alternatives to capitalism – it destroys democracy, it eats nature and it’s vacuous – but you don’t have to have read any philosophy or economics Read more

    Everything is one: a blackbird told me

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 07-May-2013 | 0

    I’m writing this listening to a blackbird singing. Short bursts of song, a different tune every time. The blackbird occasionally drops down to the lawn, pecks around, pulls out a worm and flies off to eat it. Read more

    Mrs Thatcher was not ‘evil’ – she did what was necessary for Britain to succeed in a game that is utterly wrong

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Apr-2013 | 0

    On the day of Mrs Thatcher’s funeral she will receive many plaudits and much abuse. I don’t think that there is any merit in rejoicing in the death of a woman who believed that she was doing the right thing Read more

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