Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

65 million people have filed for unemployment assisstance since March. A Universal Basic Income would result in economic growth

Oct 2020. Excerpt from https://www.laprogressive.com/ubi-would-result-in-economic-growth/ The top 1 percent of Americans hold 40 percent of the wealth, and the poorest 90 percent have less than one-quarter. We’ve had about four decades of near-zero wage growth, and of declining labor unions and worker bargaining power. Even before the pandemic, 40 percent of Americans lacked $400 to cover an emergency expense, while one-quarter had to forego …

Bhaskar concluded western science & social theory were based on a series of intellectual mistakes that created false dichotomies such as those between individualism and collectivism, and scientific analysis and moral criticism

One of the most influential voices in the philosophy of science and a political revolutionary, writes David Graeber December 4, 2014 Roy Bhaskar, who has died aged 70 of heart failure, turned to philosophy only after becoming an economics lecturer at Oxford University in the late 1960s. Feeling that economic science had virtually nothing useful to say about real-world issues of …

We need an international movement of progressives to counter the fake opposition between two variations of globalised authoritarianism (neoliberal establishment and Nationalist reactionary right) which trap us in a business-as-usual agenda that destroys life prospects

To succeed we will need a common plan of action and an uncommon campaign strategy to energise progressives around the world to implement that plan. Last but not least, we’ll need the shared will to envision a postcapitalist reality. Progressives also need shared narratives. Thankfully, we know what must be done: power generation must shift massively from fossil fuels to renewables, …

Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Denver EEE (Ethics, Economics, Environment) Forum

MAY 2019:Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part Two: Bridging the Divides through Storytelling — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC APRIL 2019: Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part One: Understanding How Worldviews Divide Us/Using Our Collective Knowledge to Map the Divides — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC MARCH 2019: Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming in Colorado — *Daniel Palic, Natural Resources Conservation Service—USDA and Marcus McCauley, McCauley …

Reconsidering and Reconceiving Corporate Responsibility

The problem with the dominant conception today—shareholder pri­macy and wealth maximization—is that “directors are encouraged, through legal duty and self-protection, to demonstrate their allegiance to stockholder interests, which (as has been observed) is most effectively accomplished by attention to the bottom line. This behavior leads to an unremitting focus on the short term.”[120] By the turn of the twentieth cen­tury, corporations …

Over half of nation’s children are at serious risk from the economic impacts of coronavirus on their families. 135-140 million people in the US were poor or low-income in 2018 and 40 million are children, facing hunger, homelessness, and more unless protective economic measures are taken immediately

Marketwatch, March 2020 Is coronavirus dangerous for kids? Yes — but not for the reasons you may think. Youth appears to be a protective factor from the coronavirus. Although younger folks can still transmit it to older people, symptoms are milder to nonexistent in young people who contract the disease. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t a huge threat to children and …