We Have to Get Used to Disorganisation

Barry Cooper guides ChatGPT to write about “spontaneous order”. Disorganisation is how we see things at present from our top-down mindsets.  Maybe we are in a transition from the organised conditions of the industrial era to a fundamentally different era. According to Niall Ferguson   … the iconoclastic British political operative Dominic Cummings hypothesises that the …

23rd February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News

23rd February 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News by Kali | Feb 23, 2024 World Bank: Emerging economies must grow ‘much faster’ to repay debt The World Bank warned that high borrowing costs have “changed dramatically” the need for developing nations to boost sluggish economic growth. The multilateral lender’s latest warning comes as international bond …

There Can Be No Plan

Indeed, there is enough evidence of how things are for anyone to see that the future will not be like the past. The economy is shrinking, hospitals, schools, roads and houses are collapsing, and the NHS is unlikely to recover. In the private sector, discretionary markets and organisations – retail and hospitality – are in …

Is World Population Peaking Now?

By Richard Heinberg, with permission, originally published by Resilience.org An Interview with Chris Bystroff A couple of years ago I read a paper titled “Footprints to Singularity: A Global Population Model Explains Late 20th Century Slow-Down and Predicts Peak Within Ten Years.” The banner finding of the paper—that world population is very close to peaking—seemed …

Open letter by 400 experts calling for wellbeing economy instead of destructive growth fixation

On Monday 15 May, as EU policymakers gather for the first day of the landmark 2023 Beyond Growth conference at the European Parliament, over 400 experts call for political leaders to seize this opportunity to tackle interconnected social, environmental and political crises and embrace a wellbeing economy that allows humanity and the planet to thrive, …

The Next Global War.

26th January 2024 Today’s Round-Up of Economic News “The Next Global War. How today’s regional conflicts resemble the ones that produced World War II… “World War II began as a trio of loosely connected contests for primacy in key regions stretching from Europe to the Asia-Pacific—contests that eventually climaxed and coalesced in globally consuming ways. …

An Astrologer’s View of the Future

It is interesting how individuals in different fields view the future differently.  Classical economists see a future of endless economic growth, as does everyone employed in the public sector.  Understandably so because without growth, their future is dire.  Down here at the grass-roots, the first glimmerings of localism can be seen imaginatively. I hear a …

How Things Change without Fossil Fuels

Gail Tverberg has permitted me to copy the headings from her post in  Our Finite World.. Her post tells us how much the current system depends upon fossil fuels. To whet your appetite, here are the headings of her piece. What will happen in an economy without fossil fuels: [1] Banks, as we know them, …

The Great Simplification

In my advanced years, I find an increasing desire to understand the evolving dynamics of our world. Much of the knowledge accumulated over my 86 years has become outdated, prompting me to reflect on my journey, current state, and the potential future of the planet. The Great Simplification is a podcast which is a source …

Welcome and Greetings

A growing influx of newcomers has recently subscribed to the orcop.com blog, and I warmly welcome each of you. The blog’s popularity seems to be spreading rapidly, and one could speculate that it mirrors a broader awareness that the economy is undergoing a profound shift, departing from its traditional trajectory of perpetual growth. In his …

A PLAIN TALE OF THE SHRINKING ECONOMY

New subscribers joining this blog who need convincing that the world economy is shrinking could not do better than read this post by Dr Tim Morgan in his Surplus Energy Economics blog. Tim sets out his interpretation of the interconnectedness of the economy, finance and the environment. To visit Tim’s post.

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