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The Rise of Anti-Capitalism

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"A formidable new technology infrastructure — the Internet of Things — is emerging with the potential to push much of economic life to near zero marginal cost over the course of the next two decades."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 16, 4:47 AM

As always, super-optimist Rifkin is great at analysing new trends in the global economy, but totally misjudges the negative implications. This is the guy who predicted the age of the "European Dream". Look where Europe is now! So by all means, read this NY Times article but put off your rosy glasses.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 16, 1:31 PM

Perhaps this era of free manufacture will break the current economic system (assuming that the businesses don't attempt to break it).

 

It still won't change the attitude with regards to money, society and the environment that's proving so caustic to our whole world.

 

This will be interesting to watch.

 

Think about it.

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Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism

Three (more) things they don’t tell you about capitalism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Professor Ha-Joon Chang has two things in common with Karl Marx. Firstly he’s right in much of his economic analysis of the ills of capitalism and secondly his prescriptions of the solutions to these ills are lacking.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:12 PM

Very good article by Jules Peck of Citizen Renaissance

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Davos man thrives while the rest of us pay for his excesses

Davos man thrives while the rest of us pay for his excesses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Davos is intellectually bankrupt. But the ideology it champions won't fall just by itself. Capitalism's dead end requires intellectual challengers, social movements and trade union leaders prepared to dare to reimagine their role."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 20, 2013 3:48 AM

Very good comment in the Guardian by Will Hutton.

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Earth 'risks irreversible change'

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Humanity's path is anything but sustainable, the UN Environment Programme warns, as scientists suggest life may be heading for irreversible change.

 

In the run-up to Rio+20 the UN has presented its 5th Global Environmental Outlook. Its analysis is gloomy and correct, its solutions disappointing because it does not have the courage to point to the real planet-killers: casino capitalism, growing inequalities and runaway population growth.


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A Scientist Predicts the Future

A Scientist Predicts the Future | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades:


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Teresa Lima's curator insight, January 10, 4:38 AM

#Not 

I think the future is unpredictable, and no one  can predict the future!

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, January 16, 7:38 AM

Predicción científica del futuro, esto es un tema a leer por lo menos.

Jesús Martinez's curator insight, January 18, 8:07 AM

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The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

The Oil Drum | Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems. In particular, they miss the point that the world is finite. We don’t have infinite resources, or unlimited ability to handle excess pollution. So we are setting up a “solution” that is at best temporary.


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Sustainability problems galore but precious few solutions

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While the 250 high level participants at the University of Oxford's Resource conference are clear about why short termism is so dominant, there is no silver bullet that will save civilisation...

 

What seems to have been seriously lacking during this conference is the social dimension of the sustainability crisis. What will be collapse for some (the 99%) could be a bright "gated" green future for others (the 1%). The signs of a new class war we are seeing in the Great Depression will become more visible over time.


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