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The Growing Environmental Crisis is the (Economic) Slavery of our Time.

Alastair Roderick | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

OK, don't freak out about what comes next. The growing environmental crisis, and especially those determined to do nothing about it, or even outright deny it, is in economic terms the modern equivalent of slavery. Before you report me to the Daily Mail, do hear me out, and please note my emphasis on economic.

Future Shock! My Top 15 Hopes for 2013 and Beyond...

Michael Townsend | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK
Michael Townsend

Alvin Toffler published Future Shock in 1970, at a time of great social and economic upheaval. Toffler sought to help people make sense of what was g...

New Social Capital Will Be the Real Legacy of the Games

Alastair Roderick | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The Schumacher Institute completed a pilot of its SocialCapitalist project in Spring 2012. The SocialCapitalist project is based on the idea that during an economic downturn it is not just financial capital that is destroyed.

In Defence of Political Correctness - And Freedom of Speech

Alastair Roderick | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

There are many enemies right now, political and real. Freedom is under threat, and not just from fundamentalists. Those who don't give a name to their ideology, who hide behind non-ideology, or who claim to be post-ideological make an ideological claim just as surely as if they declare themselves to be communists or fascists; and will keep on distracting us with straw men, unwilling to draw a line in the sand, to say - this is what I believe.

'Christian Economics' and a New Definition of Work

Jonty Langley | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Politics
Jonty Langley

hy Christians (and the rest of us) need to develop a better philosophy of what work should be, and why being a landlord or investor doesn't really count, despite what the right-wing Church says.

Systems in Crisis - We Need a New Social Contract

Alastair Roderick | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Much of the analysis of the British riots is premised on trying to understand how a system of incentives and disincentives could break down so quickly. It seems just as logical to ask the opposite: why did we ever assume the equilibrium being promoted was one of peace, order and rationality?