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Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Every now and then, a book changes the way you see the world. It’s like shaking a kaleidoscope and suddenly all the bits and pieces fall into a new pattern.

Peak Oil Notes - Nov 27

A midweek roundup. There has been a lot of news to move the oil markets in the last few days.

Book Review: Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts

Phillips would have you believe that Transition/Degrowth/anti-consumerism thinking has taken over the world, that he is alone in holding out against this …

The Shadows of the Cave

Some of us prefer sun and wind and depth and color to the play of shadows on the walls of the cave.

Why "Supply and Demand" doesn't Work for Oil

A gradual switch to higher-cost energy products, in a sense, works in the opposite direction to a switch from beef to chicken. 

The Local Economy Solution

So, cities and states should stop trying to lure huge corporations from one jurisdiction to another and should instead invest in the local businesses that …

The "Syrian Sickness": What Crude Oil Gives, Crude Oil will Take Away

Crude oil had created modern Syria, crude oil has destroyed it.

Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option.

Collaboration and Changing Beliefs are Two Keys for a Degrowth Economy

Today when we think about a degrowth economy, about fostering the transition towards it and supporting more resilient lifestyles, I imagine – …

Peak Oil Review - Nov 23

A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Quote of the Week -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -The Briefs

Bread, Circuses and Inequality – a Dishonest Bargain

Consumerist ideology treats society as a collection of individuals, each seeking to maximise their private consumption.
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