“Our consumption of oil is not just material – it is not just about the functional need to travel from point A to point B. The combustion of energy-dense gasoline often accompanies cultural ideas about freedom, mobility and deeply entangled normative geographies of home, work, family, and leisure.”
“There is no pristine inhabitable planet to fly to and colonise – there never was, it was all a pipe-dream – and Mother Earth is turning into a junk-yard/trash-heap.”
“Nuclearists seem incapable of even imagining a world run neither with fossil fuels nor nuclear energy but with renewables, and living at much lower levels of production, consumption and waste.”
“Growth of modern societies = loss of resources = decline in growth and eventual collapse of modern societies. To simplify this equation even more: Growth of modern societies leads to the collapse of modern societies. And there’s the conundrum.”
“Some critics claim that the union confederation remains too far outside the political process, leaving important government issues to other social forces. This begs the question of how much influence the working class organizations that made the revolution will have on elections and the nation building process.”
“Biodynamic tensions within the organic movement are longstanding, as rationally-minded critics have always argued that magical agricultural beliefs have no place in a movement aiming to make the world a better, fairer, and less toxic place. Such criticisms however hold little water with the Soil Association.”
“To strain under Woolf’s images is to practice, on another scale, soldiering in the world upon which her approach to the visual dilates, a world figured wrongly as a contest, with human dominance the only right victory, a world made of relations neither linear nor transparent.”
Anti-welfare rhetoric, alternatives to 'austerity', disparity in India, and resistance against inequality.
The historical role of the Democrat Party, and a focus on the LBJ, Carter, Kennedy and Obama presidencies.
A range of subjects, from US foreign policy and economic austerity to Fair trade and animal theory.
Europe past and present. From ancient legacies to the EU and the French and Greek elections.
“Neoconservative forces in and around the Bush administration and beneficiaries of war dividends – wishing to deflect attention away from war as the main culprit for the skyrocketing energy prices – tend to blame secondary or marginally relevant factors.”