Climate Change and the Need for a New Paradigm

By Yavor Tarinski

World_Climate_Refugee_Camp_in_HannoverDespite many international meetings, dealing with every subject from biodiversity to climate change, the national political elites have found it impossible to come to meaningful agreements to deal with the environmental crisis. […] There is no avoiding imagining new and different scenarios than the status quo. Surely another world is possible.
– Dimitrios Roussopoulos[1] Continue reading “Climate Change and the Need for a New Paradigm”

Politicizing Ecology – Beyond Technocracy and Constant Growth

27black-superJumboBy Yavor Tarinski

For some decades now the human civilization has embarked on a journey to rapidly extract whatever resource it can from the planet as to maintain its current predominant doctrine — unlimited economic growth. There are, as one could imagine, dire consequences resulting from this activity that places in danger our very future. Despite the dangers that are going together with the growth doctrine, we are being told to blindly direct our hopes towards “science” as the ultimate crisis resolver, to clean up the mess left from extreme extractivism. Continue reading “Politicizing Ecology – Beyond Technocracy and Constant Growth”

The Future is a “Pluriverse”- An Interview with David Bollier on the Potential of the Commons

commons-wordle2-768x511Interview by Antonis Brumas and Yavor Tarinski

Some believe that the commons are incompatible with commodity markets. Others claim that markets and commons may form mutually beneficial relations with each other. What are your own views on this issue? Continue reading “The Future is a “Pluriverse”- An Interview with David Bollier on the Potential of the Commons”

Our best chance for solving the climate crisis — direct democracy and equality

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Illustration by Yuko Shimizu

By Yavor Tarinski

The apocalyptic images that we see in contemporary fictional cinema and literature seem to be not that far from materializing and in real life. Talks about the end of life as we know it are beginning to make more sense as information about the possible consequences of the unfolding global warming is coming from the scientific community, as well as from communities from the global South, already facing droughts and other related meteorological phenomena. Continue reading “Our best chance for solving the climate crisis — direct democracy and equality”

Report on “The fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology”

By Yavor Tarinski

cropped-logo_newwebOn September 14 in Athens (Greece) it was held an event entitled “The Fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology”, co-organized by TRISE and the Greek political journal Babylonia. Continue reading “Report on “The fallacy of ‘Fair Growth’ and the alternative of Social Ecology””

The Fallacy of Economic Growth

By Yavor Tarinski

plastikos-planet-maxThe insistence on work and production is a malign one.

Giorgio Agamben[1]

We are being told that we need still more economic growth in order to overcome the present multi-layer crises. Actually we have been hearing this for quite some time now. Both right and left, capitalist and socialist governments, offer their theories about how we need more production and consumption, in order for our societies to progress and overcome the present difficulties. Continue reading “The Fallacy of Economic Growth”

Beyond the “Growth” doctrine

By Yavor Tarinski

Society has been locked into thought dominated by progressivist growth economics; the tyranny of these has made imaginative thinking outside the box impossible. […] But our ever increasing consumption is not sustainable; sooner or later we will have to give it up.

Serge Latouche[1]

967230_675570709126214_219603435_o “Economic Growth” is an often-repeated mantra in our times. A majority of contemporary political and economic elites, right wingers as well as many leftists[2] still adhere to the growth doctrine neglecting its many disadvantages. Continue reading “Beyond the “Growth” doctrine”