Category «Future»

The Overton Window

Why does the Government see global warming as a problem and not see degrowth as reality? Those of us who are committed to the idea that economic degrowth is unavoidable just cannot understand why intelligent powers-that-be will not even acknowledge that it is possible, let alone inevitable. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy provides a …

Herefordshire’s Local Plan: Spatial options consultation: Local plan 2021-2041: How to avoid food poverty: Herefordshire must focus on local food economies

Herefordshire Council’s land use planners have published a document that describes five different options for where growth should be in the county.  They ask for views on their ideas. My comments are as follows: The Council’s Local Plan assumes never-ending economic growth. This is wishful thinking. Within a few years, it will be realised that …

Welcome to the age of cuts – by Tim Watkins

Tim Watkins’ latest piece is good.   He concludes that: “For government though, there is simply nowhere else to go. Having squandered the energy and resources of the planet, they can neither print nor cut their way to prosperity. The only choice that remains is the means by which the economy and the state shrivel.”

(1) UK car production plunged to its lowest level since 1956 last year and (2) Families defaulting on essential payments

Symptoms of degrowth   Facebook   Twitter “UK car production plunged to its lowest level since 1956 last year as a shortage of semiconductor chips piled further pressure on an industry battered by the pandemic…   “…the industry still faces a growing challenge from a surge in energy costs of up to 70%, according to the …

Delayering

In a recent discussion on Tim Morgan’s blog, he says: ” … de-layering is going to eliminate huge numbers of white-collar jobs, and lots of intermediate/intermediary businesses, though I doubt if even the biggest corporate players really understand this yet.” Not a subject which is reported much. I understand that thousands of management jobs going …

How to shrink the economy?

Tim Watkin’s latest post in his blog concludes that: In the coming economic crisis, the only question left to be answered is whether we voluntarily shrink our economy or whether we let a resource-depleted planet Earth do the job for us. The first will be unpleasant, the second a catastrophe.

Post Doom

Regenerative conversations exploring overshoot grief, grounding, and gratitude.  These are worth spending time on.   Mostly around an hour each. A post-doom mindset is a hard-earned and often fluctuating state of being. Classic stages of grief mark a well-worn path. However, mere acceptance of what is unavoidable need not be the endpoint. Michael Dowd (with occasional co-hosts) …

The Unravelling Begins

THE REALITY OF SCARCITY, THE SCARCITY OF REALITY Tim Morgan’s latest post.  In the discussion following his piece Dr Morgan says: “The consensus line is that the economy will carry on much as it has now, and will continue growing. My reading of the evidence is that this isn’t possible. What I call the ‘doomsayer’ …

This economy is going down

The latest post from Tim Watkins concludes that: The only “solution” to the energy crunch that is now beginning to bite is to add another, even more energy-dense fuel source to the mix – in the same way that our ancestors added coal to wood and peat burning, and then added oil and gas on …