They say that your syntax always finds you out. Metaphors can be just as revealing. As George Lakoff observes, metaphors are the devices we use to frame the way we think about the world. In politics, according to Lakoff, it the competition for the frames–effectively, competition between the metaphors–that resolves electoral and political competition.
The degrowth movement has been developed in response to neoliberal reality, neoliberalism’s comically reductive view of human nature, its ecological blindness and the rise in social inequality it has brought about.
Ecological Economics represents the extension into economics of the thermodynamic revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Extreme inequality is the main economic, political and cultural evil of our times.
American institutions are in decline and rife with corruption brought on by a combination of hitting the limits to growth while under the control of neoliberal capitalism.
If we want to envision an anti-austerity movement that can genuinely empower people, we will have to create one that moves beyond austerity altogether.
Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy.
As the EU sells its soul by pushing Greece to privatize its natural and cultural heritage, ordinary citizens are mobilizing to save their common wealth.
The blockade of the European Central Bank in 2012 and 2013 started as a German initiative but has triggered an international movement responding to a Europe in crisis.
The illusion that progress will solve the problems of the future is presented to obscure the ancient truth that future-problems are created by the present.
While the ecological and infrastructure impacts of climate change are becoming ever more self-evident, what about the social impacts?
In a precarious context induced by a struggle for the essential, one term has re-emerged as indispensable, providing many of us with a new sense of direction, creation and sharing, and ultimately, like a boomerang, assuming the ‘austere’ dignity of that which cannot be renounced: the commons.