The Language of Limits


This is the first in a series of articles reflecting on the last three weeks traveling for the Enough Routes programme. Gehan Macleod describes time spent helping out at two expressions of migrant solidarity at Calais and Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia Language can be limited in situations when people speak Arabic in many dialects; Kurdish; French; borrowed Italian, English learned...

Less


The Degrowth Commission is publishing the first issue of its journal 'Less' in February 2020. This is a call for papers. This is a 'economic and ecological' journal, recognising that the climate crisis is part of a wider socio-ecological crisis. Contributions are invited from anyone, this is not a publication confined to or...

Marie Kondo and the Anthropocene


The Netflix craze of the year is the comforting appearance of Marie Kondo bringing her domestic Zen presence to Western homes.  De-cluttering as crisis-management, a sort of pious lifestyle comfort-viewing for the existentially distressed.  It’s the world being sorted by folding towels properly. But there’s a deeper current at play, and that’s the crisis of accumulation....

An economy for Scotland that’s better than growth?


Katherine Trebeck, author of The Economics of Arrival on why Scotland needs to embrace a de-growth agenda. In 1983 President Reagan declared, ‘There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination and wonder’.  That was an era when students were striking against the risk of atomic war, when celebrities sang that aid and charity...

What We Might Find in Making Ourselves at Home


In everyday economics, there is no such thing as enough, or too much, growth. Yet in the world’s most developed countries, growth has already brought unrivaled prosperity: we have ‘arrived’. More than that, through debt, inequality, climate change and fractured politics, the fruits of growth may rot before everyone has a chance to enjoy them. It’s high time to ask where progress is taking us, and are we nearly there yet? This is an extract from The Economics of Arrival – Ideas for a Grown Up Economy by Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams.