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Carbon Pricing

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:40:00 +0000

A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance
Author: 
Tamra Gilbertson

Twenty years' experience has proved that carbon trading is making climate change worse. Rather than combating the continued use of fossil fuels, it is designed in a way that keeps them coming out of the ground. Faced with this reality, some environmentalists, states and corporations are advocating carbon taxes as an "alternative". But carbon taxes are no better equipped to address the roots of global warming than carbon trading.

Publication date: 
10 November 2017

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Postcapitalism and Perpetual Motion Machines

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:12:57 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

In its never-ending struggles to get the upper hand over workers, business has often dreamed of perpetual motion machines: devices that could deliver work without workers or the fossil fuels needed to power the engines that discipline them. The dream can only ever be a dream, however. Not only are perpetual motion machines physically impossible. Even if they could be built, they would destroy capital itself. Business simply cannot do without the human and nonhuman activity that it coopts, degrades and exhausts in cycle after cycle, because it is the source of the value it seeks.

Publication date: 
12 October 2017

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What Are Rights?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:05:29 +0000

Some Lessons from Struggle
Author: 
Larry Lohmann

One of the biggest buzzwords in forest and land conservation today is “rights”. Environmental NGOs, legal activists, corporate consultants, international institutions and many others are championing “rights-based approaches” as key to effective environmental policy. But, argues this short article from the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin, the “rights” discourse can be a source of confusion.

Publication date: 
13 October 2017

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Neoliberalism, Law and Nature

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 19:41:18 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

Effective research and other action in the field of environment and law requires an understanding of how profoundly both have changed under neoliberalism. The growth of the neoliberal state amid productivity crisis and the move to a more financialized, rent-based global economy has been accompanied by sweeping legal innovations relating to property, trade, investment, rent and criminality as well as an expansion in the mass of written law and in the gaming of legislation.

Publication date: 
5 July 2017

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What are Social Movements?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:21:09 +0000

Author: 
NIcholas Hildyard

Understanding the processes whereby a shared understanding evolves of what constitutes a ‘good society’ is key to effective organising for social change.

Publication date: 
5 November 2016

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Commoning as a Political Act

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:55:39 +0000

Conversations on "Commons" and "Commoning"

This webdoc captures conversations between activists from diverse social movements about obstacles to their work through the lens of the "commons".

Publication date: 
1 January 2017

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Corrupt but Legal

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:54:21 +0000

Institutionalised Corruption and Development Finance
Author: 
Nicholas Hildyard

Many lawful, routine, accepted practices in today's economic system are regarded by the general public as corrupt. They have created a distorted, privatised vision of the “public interest” and represent a new trend of state capture by for-profit interests.

Publication date: 
13 December 2016

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Ecosystem Service Trading

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:03:54 +0000

Author: 
Larry Lohmann

Today's trade in ecosystem services tokens (carbon, biodiversity and so forth) has evolved as one component of capital’s troubled struggles to seek new global arrangements following the collapse of the compromises into which it was forced during the 20th century -- compromises that included welfarism, developmentalism and conventional environmental regulation.

Publication date: 
10 January 2017

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Licensed Larceny

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:58:36 +0000

Infrastructure, Financial Extraction and the global South
Author: 
Nicholas Hildyard

Inequality is as much a problem of wealth and the rich as it is of poverty and the poor. Licensed larceny is a proxy for how effectively elites have constructed institutions that extract value from the rest of society, for example, through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to build new infrastructure. How might social justice activists best respond? What oppositional strategies unsettle elite power instead of making it stronger?

Publication date: 
30 June 2016

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Energy and Climate as Labour Issues

Thu, 26 May 2016 08:55:56 +0000

Author: 
Nicholas Hildyard

It is critical to recognise that energy is a labour issue if the shift away from fossil fuels is to do more than just help elites find new tools for exploiting the majority world.

Publication date: 
18 April 2016

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