Ted Trainer

Dr. Ted Trainer is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. He has taught and written about sustainability and justice issues for many years. He is also developing Pigface Point, an alternative lifestyle educational site near Sydney.

Many of his writings are available free at his website The Simpler Way.

Debunking “development”

It is imperative that a very different conception of development should be adopted as quickly as possible. It is not difficult to imagine a sane, sustainable, just and fulfilling alternative.

February 22, 2023

Australian ecovillage

Capitalism: Why We Should Scrap It

This book provides a fairly short but detailed critical discussion of the nature of our basically capitalist economic system, its faults, why it is not just unsatisfactory but is leading to global breakdown, the alternative we must work for, and how to achieve it.

October 21, 2022


The Degrowth conundrum

By becoming involved in the many emerging local initiatives activists are likely to be in the most effective position to acquaint participants and onlookers with the need to dump capitalism and build local needs-driven economies under local control.

June 20, 2022

Giveaway shop

What’s wrong with economics?

The fundamental defining principle of a capitalist economy is that what happens is determined by what will maximise the profits, income and wealth of the few who own most of the capital, by competing in the market place.

January 31, 2022

Make Detroit the Engine of the Green New Deal! rally (2019)

Can the Green New Deal save us? No it can’t.

Advocates for a Green New Deal are for a collection of admirable goals which it is usually taken for granted can be achieved within a capitalist economy and while the pursuit of economic growth continues.  Here is an indication of the main reasons why these assumptions are totally mistaken.

November 21, 2021

A Small Farm Future

Small Farm Future: Why some anticipated problems will not arise

Chris’s book is in my view very important in arguing for the viability of small farms, and thus supporting the claim that they will be crucial in a sustainable future.  But there are many more factors that must be considered than food supply for this revolution…

October 18, 2021

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