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Financing the End of Modernity

How financialization heralds the end of the industrial age A piece published by The Honest Sorcerer: A critic of Modern Times – offering ideas for honest contemplation. Well worth reading at https://thehonestsorcerer.substack.com/p/financing-the-end-of-modernity Western neoliberal economies are on the brink of a steep economic decline. Barring an energy / productivity miracle a prolonged and deep recession …

Fossil-Free Food Systems

This 90 minute Roundtable podcast in Nate Hagens series the Great Simplification is fascinating. There are so many lessons which are relevant to the UK. To see the original go to https://youtu.be/lb2tJXopTJA__________________________________________________________________________________________________- The four speakers are as small-scale farmer Jason Bradford, permaculturist and documentarian Andrew Millison, regenerative agriculture activist Vandana Shiva, and regenerative farmer and …

COLLAPSE: Is humanity adapting to its own presence?

Copied from The Automatic Earth. August 2012 Alexander Aston: I think about history … a lot. It has always been my deepest fascination. When I was little I would construct whole civilizations with my Legos and play out their existence. Monuments would be constructed, kings would die, wars would start, cities would be rebuilt, lineages …

Artificial Intelligence seems quite Intelligent

I asked GPT: Tell me about grassroots growth GPT Replied: Grassroots growth, also known as bottom-up economic development, is an approach to economic growth that begins at the local or community level and builds upwards. Unlike traditional top-down approaches where economic development is primarily driven by government policies and large corporations, grassroots growth emphasizes the …

The Organic Growth of Localism

“Those who propose replacing the top-down with the bottom-up may have a valid case.”Tim Morgan, in his Surplus Energy Economics blog We can’t imagine the future.  But we can try and interpret where we are heading from what is going on now.   Top-down economic growth is over.  It was nice while it lasted, even …

The Great Change: To Biochar

Alan Bates: We are in a crisis in the evolution of human society. It’s unique to both human and geologic history. It has never happened before and it can’t possibly happen again. Copied from: My New 12 Trillion-dollar Annual Budget “We’ll not have to tighten our belts anywhere.“  Full fossil fuel price reform would reduce …

The Great Simplification

If you are “retired” or tired and wondering what to do, you could consider listening to Nate Hagens’ conversations in his Great Simplification project. The Great Simplification with Nate Hagens is a podcast that explores the systems science underpinning the human predicament. Conversation topics will span human behavior, monetary/economic systems, energy, ecology, geopolitics and the …

UK Population Collapse “Good for the Planet,” WEF Adviser Prof. Sarah Harper Explains

Copied from Igor’s Newsletter igorchudov@substack.com Prof Harper told the Telegraph: “I think it’s a good thing that the high-income, high-consuming countries of the world are reducing the number of children that they’re having. I’m quite positive about that.” The academic said declining fertility in rich countries would help to address the “general overconsumption that we …

Mos Maiorum and Its Relevance to Modern Society: Rome’s Unwritten Code

Copied from the Naked Emperor Newsletter In ancient Rome, the term “mos maiorum” represented the unwritten code of conduct that shaped Roman culture and identity. Translated as “the way of the ancestors,” mos maiorum encompassed the values, customs, and traditions passed down through generations. As Romans navigated the complexities of life, they often looked to …

The Human Ecology of Overshoot: Why a Major ‘Population Correction’ Is Inevitable

by William E. Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada; wrees@mail.ubc.ca Abstract: Homo sapiens has evolved to reproduce exponentially, expand geographically, and consume all available resources. For most of humanity’s evolutionary history, such expansionist tendencies have been countered by negative feedback. However, …

Things might not be so dire after all!

First published in the RADIX THINK TANK For some time, I thought our shrinking economy would eventually save the world.  But I have been reluctant to say so for fear of being seen as more eccentric than usual. A recent comment by Tim Morgan in his Surplus Energy blog has encouraged me to have my …

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