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A Socialist Economy for the 21st Century

First published at the Next System ProjectIn Next System Project Report 3, author and Tellus Institute co-founder Richard A. Rosen explores the changes he deems necessary for a modern definition of “socialism”, and describes key concepts and issu...
by London Green Left on Dec 18, 2016

George Monbiot Edges Towards Ecosocialism

Wanstead Flats in north east London is a CommonsThe Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, wrote a piece on Wednesday, entitled 'The case for despair is made. Now let’s start to get out of the mess we’re in.' Those familiar with his writing wil...
by London Green Left on Dec 16, 2016

Degrowth Is Punk as Fuck

Written by Aaron Vansintjan and Sam Bliss and first published at Common DreamsVery serious people often tell us that the word “degrowth” is too negative. People like happy, positive, nice things. Sure, the economy is systemati...
by London Green Left on Dec 11, 2016

Estancia Pre-Holiday SALE: December 2016

The festive season is upon us and Estancia's Pre-Holiday SALE is here! Check it out on December 3-4, 2016!  Celebrate this season with deals of up to 80% OFF from over 20 participating lifestyle brands in Estancia Mall Capitol Commons from 11am...
by Manila Shopper on Dec 1, 2016

Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights and the Commons

Written by David Bollier & Burns H. Weston and first published at The Wealth of the Commons At least since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, we have known about humankind’s squandering of nonrenewable resources, its careless disregard of pr...
by London Green Left on Aug 10, 2016

Ecosocialism can rescue us from ecocatastrophe

Written by Bert Olivier and first published at Thought Leader In Ridley Scott’s recent film, The Martian, there is a scene near the end that sums up the often ignored value of the earth. Astronaut and botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is sitti...
by London Green Left on Jul 3, 2016

Reconceptualising Socialism to Ecosocialism

This is an extract from a longer piece written by Hans Baer. The full text is posted at The Next System Project.Numerous observers have viewed the collapse of Communist regimes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as an indication that...
by London Green Left on May 18, 2016

A day to change our nation?

As 650 MPs and nearly 900 Lords assemble for their annual meeting with the Queen, today could be a day for something radical to happen. Of course it is much more likely that all of the planned and predetermined ceremonies … Continue reading ...
by IanChisnall on May 18, 2016

Lets have substance, not just style

It appears that the Government and in particular the Cabinet Office Minister, Matthew Hancock MP have managed to win the case to spend an additional £80,000 per year to ensure our laws will continue to be printed on vellum, rather … Continue r...
by IanChisnall on Apr 21, 2016

House of Commons Public Libraries Report

Those who follow public libraries issues as closely as me may be interested that the House of Commons Library has published a new report on libraries.  This strikes me as a much more thorough job than in a previous case.  It includes some f...
by James Powney's Blog on Apr 18, 2016

Ecosocialism is the Struggle for the Commons

The term ‘commons’ has some different meanings, for example, the UK Parliament House of Commons, this though refers to ‘commoners’ in England, not people of nobility. In practice these commoners were not ordinary common people but the emergin...
by London Green Left on Mar 23, 2016

Unflattering Figures

There has been a flurry of concern over the inadequacy of public library statistics following the publication of a short report by the House of Commons Library on the subject.  Some of the comments I have seen have been very critical of the Comm...
by James Powney's Blog on Mar 3, 2016

jamie n commons - 'lead me home'

I'm in the mood for dark, sultry blues. It doesn't get much better than this.
by de minimis on Feb 21, 2016

The Ecosocialist Revolution

Written by Cy Gonick and first published in Canadian DimensionTo answer the threat of extermination brought on by environmental change, James Bellamy Foster calls for a long-term global strategy of “ecological revolution.” He adds that “there c...
by London Green Left on Feb 19, 2016

Ecosocialism – A Brief Description

This is a write up of a talk I gave earlier this week to my local Green Party meeting in Haringey, north London, on ecosocialism.Ecosocialism is a green political philosophy - it is an ecocentric and democratic socialism.It is not like twentieth cent...
by London Green Left on Feb 13, 2016

Rupert Read’s ‘Ecologism’ is Watered Down Ecosocialism for Liberals

The Green House Think Tank’s report Green Politics and the Left will be launched at Progressive Politics in Britain, to be held at the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre between 18.00 and 20.00, Aston University in Birmingham, on Tuesday 16 February 20...
by London Green Left on Feb 2, 2016

An obese Parliament that refuses to slim

The need for Parliament to move out of the Palace of Westminster in order for major renovations to take place, estimated at some £7Bn is not news, although over the last decade there have been various discussions regarding the idea that … Con...
by IanChisnall on Jan 25, 2016

Meeting with London MPs as education funding cuts threaten London boroughs

The government's intention to move to a National Funding Formula for education and an overall freeze on spending despite rising pupil numbers and increased staffing costs means that London boroughs, including Brent, will face funding cuts in the near...
by wembleymatters on Jan 24, 2016

“Save Us Bill Gates!” Video Game Satirises Philanthrocapitalism

A bit fun from Global Justice Now who designed this video game mocking the Bill Gates foundation and its ill judged attempts to save the world.A video game released today by campaign group Global Justice Now puts the player in the...
by London Green Left on Jan 24, 2016

Survey Finds that Every £1 Invested in Parks and Nature Reserves Delivers Over £50 in Social Benefits

A study commissioned by the Land Trust by economic consultants, Carney Green shows that access to nature by the public contributes £30 towards health and wellbeing benefits and £23 towards crime reduction and community safety.The survey was of visi...
by London Green Left on Jan 23, 2016


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