Capitalism is religion

Just check out its core philosophy, with its core terms in bold wording: The invisible hand of the free market governs everything and the hardworking get prosperous while the lazy suffer poverty. Sounds pretty familiar and very rational, doesn’t it… But check it out again with the religious equivalents of the core terms replaced in:… Continue reading

Futures of Production Through Cosmo-Local and Commons-Based Design

Workshop: Leapfrogging Sustainable Development: Exploring the strategic futures of production and policy through cosmo-local and commons-based design. By Jose Ramos, 20-21 Sept 2019 ; Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Description A new way of thinking is emerging for developing strategic pathways for local to planetary economic and ecological viability. This way of thinking centres around the… Continue reading

Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership

This post by Keir Milburn and Bertie Russell was originally published on common-wealth.co.uk Executive summary This report introduces a new institutional framework for a transformative socialist politics: the Public-Common Partnership (PCP). Whilst the era of new public-private partnerships in the UK has apparently come to an end, more than £199 billion of Public Private Partnership… Continue reading

AGRICULTURE 3.0 OR (SMART) AGROECOLOGY?

While transforming food and agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is becoming increasingly urgent, ‘smart farming’ appears to many as an attractive way to achieve sustainability, not least in terms of profit. In the European Commission’s plan, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to fund the huge investments this 3.0 agri-revolution… Continue reading

Ecofeminism to Escape Collapse

Maria Mediavilla: Feminism has gained a very strong following in Spain in recent years, as the massive feminist demonstrations of March 8th of 2018 and 2019 showed, and I would dare to say that much of its success is due to the popularity of the ecofeminist message and the slogan “put life at the center”… Continue reading

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Community Power

In 2011, a campaign that would eventually become Community Power was set up, with the aim of directing more of the US$450 million Minneapolis residents spend each year on energy bills towards a clean energy economy. Since the partnership’s creation, a broad coalition of actors have pushed forward community-grounded energy solutions: universally-accessible, debt free financing… Continue reading