I don’t know about you, but my life is absolutely full of stuff and rubbish. I have just spent a Sunday afternoon filling my Berlingo with things surplus to my well being. I am off to dispose of it. And in a triumph of hope and habits over bitter and direct experience I’m also going to an electrical retail store to purchase some new goods. Continue reading Stuffocation by James Wallman
Around the world green politics is more closely aligned with the left than the right. It has been said that greens are like tomatoes. They start green but they always end up red. Why is this? There doesn’t seem to be any particularly strong reason why people who believe in the free market shouldn’t also believe in protecting the environment. Even fascists can like trees. So why are greens not only pretty consistently liberal, but are also generally liberal even by liberal standards? Continue reading Why Are Greens On The Left?
In its day the Club of Rome was a very influential book. I was around in its day and bought a copy. The woman I was later to marry bought a copy too, so for many years we had two copies. It seemed particularly inappropriate given that one of its messages was that we are using resources too prolifically. It is hard to imagine how big an impact it had nowadays. After Silent Spring I would say it was the book that did most to create the environmental movement. Continue reading The Limits to Growth by the Club of Rome
In the past Empires were built on the demand for spices. What was so special about spices? Basically it was that they were valuable, imperishable and portable. Before modern technology, in particular modern transport, they were just about the only commodity which it was technically feasible to trade on a global scale. But as technology has developed what can be traded has changed. And it is still changing. This book looks at the implications. Continue reading Aerotropolis by John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay