Category Archives: Environmental Conflict

Increasingly our global conflicts have an environmental dimension, even if we deny it.

US Border Refugee Crisis

On the refugee crisis on the US southern border some causal data. 1) The US has been de-stabilizing Central America for 150 years with military and other interventions and Guatemala is the latest case 2) Climate change, for which the … Continue reading

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Karl Polanyi in Six Points by Asad Zaman

This is close to how I see economic history and our own situation. A brilliant summary by Asad Zaman in Real World Economics at https://rwer.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/polanyis-six-points/ Polanyi’s six points:     The analysis of Polanyi’s Great Transformation can be summarized in the … Continue reading

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Is the World Really Better than Ever? by Oliver Burkeman

Worth the long read: the argument between optimists and pessimists re our current situation: from today’s UK Guardian:         The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never … Continue reading

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American Football and Economics Knowledge Thereof

I tend to upset people on the Left, especially the Alt Left these days. But this is what keeps me up nights. Conservatives have a delusion that capitalism as she is currently constructed is not close to collapse by say … Continue reading

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“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one … Continue reading

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Principled Resistance Principles

I responded to my friends’ election result despair with this riff: Principled Resistance Principles:  • The System is what needs to change • To change the System we need to understand it deeply as it is and as it works … Continue reading

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Systemic Thinking and Trump’s Environmental Policies

I thought two past posts on the work of Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) and his “Steps to an Ecology of Mind” worth reposting given what Trump is proposing to do to the planet:  “On the one hand, have the systemic nature … Continue reading

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