Can we be happy?

What makes us unhappy? Are we even capable of being happy? These fundamental questions take second fiddle in an economy that seems to intrinsically know the ‘right’ answer. Happiness, apparently, is not even a metric. If all happiness comes from … Continue reading

Sex is carbon-neutral yet Climate Change is boring

In an early genesis of post-carbon living in 2008 we were influenced by a project called the “Yellow House“. It was a run-down, former council-house, in Oxford that had under-gone a drastic make-over to make it a (self-styled) “environmental dream … Continue reading

A New Dark Ages

Is science and reason declining? Is ignorance spreading at the cost of the enlightenment? Is this drift of acceptable-political-dialogue to the right, killing science? Is conservatism destroying rational, evidence-based thinking? In short, are we losing our grip on reality? If so, … Continue reading

Fossil Fuelled Suicide & other Power System stories

ISBN: 978-0-241-96524-5. “Power Systems” – conversations between David Barsamian and Noam Chomsky – was published by Penguin in 2013 (from an original 2012 US publication by Metropolitan Books). Once again another outing for the “world’s greatest public intellectual” although not an … Continue reading

Climate, Consent & really existing Capitalism

ISBN: 978-1-60846-363-3. “Masters of Mankind – Essays & Lectures, 1969 – 2013” by Noam Chomsky was published by Haymarket Books in 2014. Such a collection by Chomsky needs almost no introduction from me so we’ll kick off with the origins … Continue reading

The Promethean Dream: dark times & Climate Change

ISBN 978-0-19-933766-8. “Reason in a Dark Time – why the struggle against climate change failed – and what it means for our future” by Dale Jamieson was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Given the level of praise heaped … Continue reading