by Charles Hugh-Smith
Degrowth embraces the ongoing devolution of paid work and wealth that cannot be reversed.
The anti-consumerism Degrowth movement is gaining visibility and adherents in Europe.Degrowth (French: décroissance, Spanish: decrecimiento, Italian: decrescita) recognizes that the mindless expansion of mindless consumption fueled by credit and financialization is qualitatively and quantitatively different from positive growth.
Degrowth is based on a number of principles:
1. Consumerism is psychological/spiritual junk food (French: malbouffe) that actively reduces well-being (bien-etre) rather than increases it.
2. Better [...]
J. D. Heyes
March 13, 2013
We’ve seen it in the movies and perhaps even witnessed it in person, but most of us never realized it was an offense punishable with lots of prison time.
When Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over Dania Beach, Fla., for his his sweetheart, all he wanted was to create the perfect atmosphere of romance. What he created instead was a court date.
The environmental (and social) costs of unregulated development are now increasingly visible. Hurricane Sandy has brought climate change back into public debate. At a more everyday level, hundreds of millions of people struggle with the consequences of rampant air and water pollution, the depletion of groundwater aquifers, the decimation of forests and the decline of biodiversity. In India and China, in Nigeria and Mexico, villagers battle townsfolk who dump [...]
Banks and traders must prepare for a devastating market seizure as governments grapple with the escalating economic crisis in Europe, a Bank of England policymaker has warned.
Cheap and ready access to the liquid assets that oil the financial markets are under threat from both state-imposed capital controls and flagging confidence in the euro, Robert Jenkins, a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee, told the Global Alternative Investment Management conference [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-seven percent of Chinese adults surveyed in 2011 — before the country’s economic slowdown grabbed headlines — prioritized protecting the environment, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. About one in five believed economic growth is more important. Chinese attitudes are typical of those in other emerging-market economies, where residents sided with the environment over the economy in earlier surveys.
Similarly, Americans historically prioritized environment protection [...]
Ok, so about 3 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to plant some black walnut trees for the nuts they could provide, as well as their medicinal value, use as a dye, etc. Then I learned that a substance from their roots (juglone) could poison many kinds of other plants within a large radius I wrote a post about it some time ago, and Safewrite responded about how nasty-hard the [...]
TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation’s 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol.
Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido went offline for mandatory routine maintenance.
After last year’s March [...]
I shop the big box for several reasons. First, I have not found the quality to be any different than any place else. These days, the products all come from the same places. I can hunt all over town for shoes, clothing, appliances, and what have you, and the same products are available in all the stores, just at different prices. The local ‘mom and pop’ stores belong to organizations [...]
Across an often contentious three-hour congressional hearing Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson vigorously defended her agency’s policies promoting cleaner air and water, and rejected suggestions by Republican lawmakers that the EPA is a chief factor in the country’s stagnant economic recovery.
“The American people have a right to know whether the air they breathe is healthy or unhealthy,” Jackson said during her appearance [...]
It’s been a very long time since I posted here. Perhaps some of you remember me, perhaps not. Hello again in any event!
I’m concerned about the radiation levels in CA. My wife is 6 months pregnant. We buy raw milk from a local farmer, and he recently had it tested by the UC/Berkeley Radiological Air and Water Monitoring team (BRAWM). They’re solid scientists and they’ve been [...]
By Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
America’s Childlike Desire to Avoid Making Trade-Offs
The U.S. is childlike: we refuse to make trade-offs, as these require analysis, judgment, sacrifice and maturity.
The key characteristic of adulthood is the ability to make trade-offs. The child and the adolescent want everything that they want, now, and they soon learn (at least in America) that whining, cajoling, bargaining and guilt-tripping will get [...]