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Ii. Foreword by Charles Eisenstein

Ii. Foreword by Charles Eisenstein
FOREWORD by Charles Eisenstein Going into my first conversation with Mark Boyle a year ago, I was feeling a little bit defensive. “He probably thinks he is better than the rest of us,” I thought. “More ethical, more pure, less complicit in the sins of civilization.” When we actually began talking, though, I found Mark to be free of sanctimoniousness or self-congratulation. One contribution of this book is to open that path to others. While we might for very good reasons choose to use money, we may not actually have to. Here, then, is another illusion: we cannot actually achieve independence via money. Mark Boyle offers us one way to do this. None of this means that living moneyless is the only way to enter the spirit of the gift. What about the collective level? That is why I believe Mark’s work has a significance beyond merely describing a more joyful, connected way of living. Charles Eisenstein August 2012, author of Sacred Economics – Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition Related:  EconomicstreedeerseerDes plumes et des idées

mooc.org The End of Employment Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair—and nothing is more pointless. Those of us who are alive today are faced with the hugely demanding task of coping with the consequences of industrial civilization’s decline and fall, and saving as many as possible of the best achievements of the last few centuries so that they can cushion the descent and enrich the human societies of the far future. That won’t be easy; so? The same challenge has been faced many times before, and quite often it’s been faced with relative success. The circumstances of the present case are in some ways more difficult than past equivalents, to be sure, but the tools and the knowledge base available to cope with them are almost incomparably greater. The suicide of peak oil writer Mike Ruppert two days ago puts a bit of additional emphasis on that last point. I admit to a certain macabre curiosity about how that will play out in the years ahead.

Future Thinkers Podcast Kamel le chaînon manquant « Pas d’avenir » : les profs ne lui faisaient pas de cadeau, au petit Kamel, sur ses bulletins. Et maintenant, voilà que le grand Kamel cite Karl Marx dans le texte, Frédéric Lordon, Noam Chomsky et bien d’autres. Par quel miracle ? C’est toute une aventure, menée assis, un casque sur les oreilles, un livre entre les mains, que sa biographie politique. Qu’est-ce qu’il venait foutre là, lui ? Trou noir « Gardanne, c’est une super ville. »Tandis qu’on part à la crèche, chercher son gosse, Kamel joue les bons offices de tourisme : « Le maire, il est comme ça (pouce dressé), un peu trop, il laisse trop faire. Le déclic Y a le beau-frère, d’abord, Eduardo. La débauche Ils sont nombreux, comme ça, j’en ai rencontré jusqu’au Venezuela, à avoir fait de Là-bas leur université populaire, leur quotidienne contre-école radiophonique. La bande « Allez, Mehdi, viens manger le poulet ! La contagion Mehdi sirote le café sur la terrasse : « Nos vies se sont enrichies. Non-stop Le boucan Les germes

Now online: the historic Chomsky-Foucault debate Excerpts from the Foucault-Chomsky debate on human nature and power have circulated online for years — now it’s available in full for the first time. In 1971, with the Vietnam war in full swing and radical social movements destabilizing the social, political and cultural order throughout the Western world, Dutch philosopher Fons Elders invited two of the world’s leading thinkers — the American linguist and activist Noam Chomsky and the French social theorist Michel Foucault — to debate a thorny and perennial question: is there such a thing as an “innate” human nature, and if so, what are its implications for our ideas about power, justice, revolution, and the shape of the ideal human society? The resulting dialogue has been described as one of the most original, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have occurred between contemporary philosophers, and above all serves as a concise introduction to their basic theories.

Great! The next step is to verify your address. There was a problem connecting your Facebook account. Please sign in to Nextdoor Design District to continue. If you don't have an account, sign up. Nextdoor The private social network for neighbors in Design District. San Francisco, CA Map data ©2014 Google Terms of Use Connect your Nextdoor account Sign in to your Nextdoor account to connect it to your Facebook account. Forgot your password Don't have an account? Flag thisthese s for review Please select a reason for flagging this 5 Dirty Secrets About the U.S. Economy - Umair Haque If there’s one thing I hate these days, it’s discussing the U.S. economy. Will raising wages by seventeen cents destroy humanity? Will edible deodorant add 0.000007 percent to GDP? If we resurrected giant man-eating dinosaurs, could we use them to keep our warehouse pickers in line? Isn’t it awesome when the Dow hits a record high (but everything else flatlines or shrinks)? I feel like I’m listening to a debate on the noble merits of true love between the Real Housewives and a bunch of broseph PUAs. By my count, there are five dirty secrets about the economy we’re not supposed to know. Number one. Contrary to nearly everything you hear on the subject, my humble suggestion is this: fixing the U.S. economy isn’t impossible. The US is a rich country that’s beginning to resemble, for the average person, a poor one. So the US should invest in its common wealth. Why? So: invest in public goods; employ armies to build them; create millions of jobs. Where will the money come from? Wrong.

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Changer la France ou... Ces derniers mois (ou sont-ce des années ?), il ne se passe pas une journée sans que je sois effaré par la marche de notre pays sur la tête. Et je ne parle même pas du reste du monde. Impression d’être cerné par les abrutis et les mafieux, les perfides, les malhonnêtes à la petite semaine, les notables adipeux étouffant de suffisance dans leurs costumes d’élus trop serrés. Je tombe à chaque fois de haut, jour après jour, me demandant jusqu’où s’arrêteront-ils, comme disait l’autre (Coluche) qui a bien fait de partir tôt parce qu’il serait effaré du monde tel qu’il est trente ans plus tard. Et c’est ça la faiblesse, cette sensation immédiate de n’être qu’un petit bout de colère inutile et désabusée, qui s’exprime par à-coups dans le lointain comptoir de nos vies dispersées. Impuissance générale, par où commencer ? Vas-y, rentre en politique, tu vas où ? Pfff… Ou alors je rejoins un parti sympa, nouveau ? T’es un beatnik je te dis. Vous voyez ce que je veux dire ?

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