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It’s an ill wind

by Richard on October 8, 2012 How climate change denial has benefited from the recession
In a paper published in May in the journal Global Environmental Change, University of Connecticut political scientist Lyle Scruggs laid out the case that the economy — not Climategate, not Fox News — explains the decline in concern over the issue. More than 30 years of [...]


What if…

by Richard on February 27, 2012

With thanks to commenter Elizabeth


I can’t say that I would have predicted this, but according to a new survey for the Public Religion Research Institute, more Americans believe that Christian values are at odds with capitalism and the free market than believe they are compatible.
I’m not sure what to make of it, but there are some fascinating nuggets in [...]


Limits to growth

by Richard on March 15, 2011

It’s a central tenet of green politics that there have to be limits to economic growth. The world is not boundless, its resources not infinite. Andrew Simms explains with the use of a hamster.
From birth until it reaches sexual maturity at about six weeks, a hamster doubles its weight each week.
If, instead of levelling-off [...]


Stating the Obvious

by Richard on February 11, 2011

via Only in it for the Gold


Keeping out the giraffes: The dilemma of growth

by Richard on October 7, 2010

Tim Jackson delivers an economic reality check

Well worth your time.
A great line: “This is a story about us … being persuaded to spend money we don’t have on stuff we don’t need, to create impressions that don’t last on people we don’t care about.”


Market musings

by Richard on July 21, 2010

Lansbury’s Lido reacts to commodity market speculation in “I should cocoa”. I can only echo his “How long?”
It is extraordinary to me how The Market has come to be deified and presented as an objective reality which governs our economic life with the same inevitability that gravity governs the motions of the planet. The truth [...]


Stanley Hauerwas on Greed

by Richard on July 12, 2010

Greed presumes and perpetuates a world of scarcity and want - a world in which there is never “enough.” But a world shaped by scarcity is a world that cannot trust that God has given all that we need.
Greed, in other words, prohibits faith. But the inverse is also true. For it is in the [...]


Valuing the work that matters most

by Richard on December 15, 2009

Further to my post of earlier today, Dave Warnock points us to MAKE WEALTH HISTORY: Valuing the work that matters most
Income is one of the key indicators of value in our modern society – we pay people well to do things that we value highly, and pay them little for work that we consider less [...]


A note on capitalism

by Kim on July 2, 2009

Following the thread of Richard’s post on the NHS …
Such is the apostasy of much American Christianity, particularly of the evangelical variety (though, mercifully, things are changing), that in the US Capitalism is considered to be not only compatible with but expressive of Christianity. Of course given the widespread acceptance of the myth of [...]


China birth defects ‘up sharply’

by Richard on February 1, 2009

Pollution in China is reachingalarming levels
Picture: 11th Hour Action
The BBC reports on a steep increase in Chinese babies with birth defects “A 2007 commission report said the rate of defects had risen 40% since 2001, from 104.9 per 10,000 births to 145.5 in 2006.
Officials blame emissions from Shanxi’s large coal and chemical industry for the [...]