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rough ride to the future

A rough ride to the future, by James Lovelock

James Lovelock is one of Britain’s most influential scientists. For most of his career he worked independently, a free ranging maverick who could turn his mind to anything that caught his imagination. He came up with Gaia theory, invented the measuring devices that made it possible to detect CFCs in the atmosphere, and built tools […]

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The Death of Money, by James Rickards

Books called ‘the death of’ something or ‘the end of’ are almost never about the literal end of that thing. Money can’t die, after all – if all else fails, we can use ringpulls, or marbles, or spoons. So the book isn’t about the death of money per se. It’s about the decline of the […]

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I spend therefore I am

How to live a non-economic life

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed I Spend, Therefore I Am, by Philip Roscoe. It’s a serious book that deals with how economic language and modes of thinking has crept into everyday life, and what the consequences might be. Philip Roscoe’s guide to a non-economic life is not quite so serious, but it makes […]

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I spend therefore I am

I Spend, Therefore I Am, by Philip Roscoe

I have read a fair amount of economics, and I often experience a certain discomfort with it. There are theories that make perfect sense in the textbook, but just don’t work out in the real world. They don’t reflect the complexity of human experience, or stand up to the slippery reasoning of our decision making. […]

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The Slow Fix, by Carl Honore

Several years ago I read In Praise of Slow, Carl Honore’s tour of the slow movement. It’s a book that I really enjoyed, and that inspired my thinking in a few new ways, so I’ve been looking forward to a follow up of some kind. The Slow Fix is a book about problem solving. It’s […]

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E F Schumacher’s A Guide for the Perplexed

  E F Schumacher was an influential thinker of the last century, a pioneer of the early environmental movement and alternative economics. He founded the development charity Practical Action, inspired the New Economics Foundation, and turned his esoteric mind to all kinds of topics, from education to renewable energy. When he is quoted, which is […]

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the democracy project

My books of 2013

I always enjoy reviewing my reading at the end of the year and choosing a few favourites. In no particular order, here are the five books that stand out most from everything I read in 2013. The Democracy Project, by David Graeber Ostensibly a history and insider perspective of the Occupy movement, The Democracy Project […]

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time on our side

Book review: Time on our side

Time on our side: why we all need a shorter working week is a collection of essays compiled by the New Economics Foundation as part of their 21 hours campaign. The theme is work time, and it makes a case for a shorter working week: “Reducing hours of paid work … would loosen the bolts […]

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the world we made

The World We Made, by Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt is the author of Capitalism as if the World Mattered, one of the most useful books I’ve read on the topic of sustainable economics. He’s taken his time with a follow-up, (not counting this one) and it’s something completely different. The World We Made is a fictional history written from 2050 by a […]

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The Energy of Nations, by Jeremy Leggett

The Energy of Nations is about ‘risk blindness’ – society’s apparently pathological inability to confront the looming crises of the 21st century. The risks in question here are chiefly climate change, oil depletion and the ongoing wobbles of the financial industry, and the book is essentially a history of how these problems have been ignored […]

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