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Hypercapitalist Boom Times Equality

In hypercapitalist boom times, equality came to mean equality of ability to consume on an equal footing with other high-consumption individuals and economies. That kind of consumption has been a cause of serious ecological degradation, resource depletion and global warming through the emission of greenhouse gases. Ecologically speaking, we need a certain amount of contraction in the production and consumption of material goods. We have recently seen reduction in carbon emissions largely because of recession, but this is not the kind of contraction that is required. - Anne B. Ryan

Understanding the Double Binds Created by Undifferentiated Growth

We now face two classic double binds.iii First, we want to preserve our ecosystems and natural environment, but everything we do to grow our economies and preserve our material rates of consumption disrupts our relationships with the natural systems on which we depend. "Everything we do to grow our economies and preserve our material rates of consumption disrupts our relationships with the natural systems on which we depend." Second, we also face a social double bind. We are in a situation of severe social inequality. The most widely proposed solution is to grow the economy in the same mode as we have done previously. However, the result of growing the economy in hypercapitalist mode is more inequality (the rich get richer). Growth is no guarantee of jobs, since many new enterprises are automated, with as few human workers as possible. Proceeds flow upwards to a small minority of shareholders and top executives.

A double-bind does not mean that there is no hope of resolutio…

Hjemmet, eneste (delvis) gjenværende arena utenom institusjonene hvor barna kan lære samhandling

Min kommentar til artikkel hos Forskning.no:
"De forstår at hjemmet er en viktig arena hvor barn og unge tilegner seg og øver på sosiale ferdigheter."

I dag er dessverre hjemmet eneste arena utenom institusjonene hvor barna kan lære samhandling. Et engelsk ordspråk sier: "It takes a village to raise a child."

De gamle landsbyene, grendene og storfamiliene var enormt viktige sosiale læringsarenaer for barn, i dag erstattet av døde forsteder, "tårn i parken"-typologier og institusjoner. Nabokjerringa, interaksjonen mellom generasjonene og levende nærmiljøer er en saga blott.

I sannhet er bibelens endetidsprofetier om at kjærligheten skal bli kald blant menneskene, fullbyrdet.

The Repression of the Street Handicraft Movement in Brazil

PLEASE, support the making of this beautiful documentray in Brazil, Malucos de Estrada – The english version is at www.gofundme.com/malucosenglish

En hjelpende hånd

What’s Wrong with the Current Monetary System?

List by Mark Joob:
1. Money is debt.
2. The money supply is under private control.
3. Bank deposits are not secure.
4. The money supply is pro-cyclical.
5. The money supply fosters inflation.
6. Interest on money is a subsidy to the banking sector.
7. Interest on money forces economic growth.
8. Interest fosters wealth concentration.
9. The monetary system is unstable.
10. The monetary system counteracts crucial moral values.
Read the essay from which the ten points originate here.

The Chemistry of Snowflakes - Bytesize Science

Bob Dylan, en selverklært anti-modernist (Vi lever i en ny steinalder)

Selv om jeg alltid har regnet Bob Dylan som antimodernist, var det med stor glede jeg nylig fikk dette inntrykket bekreftet. "His Bobness" plasserer seg med dette trygt i selskap med mine øvrige helter, vil her særlig framheve J.R.R. Tolkien og Christoper Alexander.
Bob Dylan - en antimoderne kunstner Men kanskje er Dylan verken sfinx eller orakel. Gjennom hele sin karriere har han vært trofast mot sitt utgangspunkt: et kulturelt landskap som ifølge Greil Marcus er fornektet av det offisielle Amerika, men som Dylan gjennom sine sanger på forunderlig vis får den som lytter, til å se for seg. Han har visualisert den amerikanske utopiens sammenbrudd ved å gjøre energien i de folkelige tradisjonene til sin og å forvandle den til mørk og sannhetssøkende, men fargesterk og visjonær rock'n'roll.

I sin nyeste bok, Bob Dylan, skriver Marcus at Dylans musikk de siste tjue årene synes å bygge på en opplevelse av at den amerikanske musikken han dyrker, består av en eneste stor …

7 kjennetegn på kreative

Martinsen identifiserer i studien syv overordnede personlighetstrekk som kjennetegner kreative mennesker:
Assosiativ orientering: Har fantasi, lekenhet, idérikdom, evne til å bli oppslukt, glidende overganger mellom drøm og virkelighet.Behov for originalitet: Gjør motstand mot regler og konvensjoner. Har rebellaktig innstilling gjennom et behov for å gjøre noe ingen andre gjør.Motivasjon: Har prestasjonsbehov, målrettethet, nyhetssøkende innstilling, har utholdenhet med vanskelige problemstillinger.Ambisjon: Har behov for å ha innflytelse, å få oppmerksomhet og anerkjennelse.Fleksibilitet: Har evne til se ulike sider ved problemstillinger og kan holde løsningsmuligheter åpne.Lav følelsesmessig stabilitet: Har tendens til å oppleve negative følelser, større svingninger i humør og stemningsleie og sviktende selv tillit.Lav omgjengelighet: Har tendens til å være lite omtenksom, egenrådig og til å finne feil og mangler ved saker og mennesker. Blant de syv personlighetstrekkene er det asso…

Julegavekollaps

Merry Fossil Fueled Christmas!

Anyone who tells you that energy independence can be achieved based on globally traded commodities such as oil, coal and natural gas is either trying to mislead you or doesn't understand the structure of energy markets. As of 2011 fossil fuels produced 83 percent of the world's energy according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Because fossil fuels can be transported anywhere in the world, producers seek out the highest price unless they are constrained by law or infrastructure from doing so. This means that energy independence for a country is something of an optical illusion when it is based merely on the domestic production of fossil fuels. Kurt Cobb

Seeds of Freedom - Documentary

Seeds of Freedom is a video documentary on the Enclosure of the Seeds Commons.

The makers explain:
A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story.

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-…

Velferdsstaten befinner seg på et synkende skip

Nok en kommentar fra meg om velferdsstatens skjebne:
Forecast:

Systemically, 1.00% growth over the next 18 years in contrast to 2.00%-3.00% growth over the same period represents a profound and huge challenge to every institution – from our government's future liabilities and payments, to private pension funds, workers, infrastructure, and our wealth.

When the rate of oil supply growth is similarly reduced from 1.00%-2.00% per year to 0.50% per year and is accompanied by comparable reductions in the supply of other resources, this, too, has a profound effect on growth, unless it can be reversed rather quickly (which seems unlikely). Gregor Macdonald Med unntak av Norge er velferdsstaten en ordning som så sin storhetstid i det tyvende århundre. Dette fordi den holdes flytende av det kapitalistiske skip, som ingen trodde kunne synke. Sannheten er at kapitalismen nå har kjørt inn i et isfjell av energi- og ressursmangel, og har fått et hull for baugen.

Ingen institusjon eller tekno…

New Blog: PERMANENT CULTURE NOW

I just came aware of a new and very promising blog, which name relates to the name of my own blog Permaliv, or translated to English permanent life.

To establish permanent life we need a permanent culture, which is something real that can be achieved! Yes, in spite of satiric comments from Ross Wolf, who nicknames permaculture as "permanent unnature", Christopher Alexander has proved the stupidity of such old-fashioned thinking.
We have now reached the point where we believe that there needs to be a move towards a Permanent Culture. When we talk of a Permanent Culture we do not mean a static culture. On the contrary, we believe that future culture will be dynamic and evolving, but in order to facilitate this there has to be a move away from an unsustainable culture based on endless consumption towards a culture that is permanent in the sense that it is sustainable, or as Holmgren puts it a culture that is “Beyond Sustainability". Visit their great blog:

PERMANENT CULTURE…

Diana Leafe Christian on Leaving Babylon

Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together and Finding Community, and publisher of Ecovillages newsletter, has responded to Vera Bradova's article Living by the bell. This is one of a series of articles from Bradova, travelling around the North American continent documenting alternative communities. That she's followed by such a mayor player like Diana shows the importance of her work.

Vera originates from the Czech Republic and is the webmaster of Leaving Babylon.

dianaleafechristianSays:
December 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm
What a fascinating post. I’ve long been curious about the Possibility Alliance and appreciate your thorough, you-are-there way of describing your experience. Here are some things I’ve found that help communities feel healthy and sustainable to their members. And sustainable in the long run, in that their population is stable and turnover relatively low. This comes from my research, including visits to now 120 different communities in North America and …

CO2-Levels, Marine Microbes & Our Survival

Though they unfolded slowly over hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of years, those earlier extinctions (going back to around 450 million years ago) seem to have shared a common etiology: a slow but finally fatal buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere; consequent acidification and de-oxygenation of the world’s oceans; and withal, the demise of species like phytoplankton, foraminifera, miniscule shrimp called krill, diatoms, pteropods and many thousands of other marine microbial and miniature species that supply more than half the world’s oxygen and form the base of the marine food chains and of marine systems that perform vital Life-support and climate management services, like sequestering CO2.

What happens is that when atmospheric CO2 exceeds the capacity of those CO2-eaters to absorb to make their shells, it dissolves in the water as carbonic acid. Marine scientist Jennifer Kennedy, recent Director of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, explains the vicious cycle that…

Mer om velferdsstaten

Min korte diskusjon om velferdsstaten under en artikkel i forskning.no. Se også her.

20 timer siden 19682010Klapp sammen Poenget er at velferdsstaten er et ektefødt barn av kapitalismen, den lever i symbiose med det kapitalistiske system på lik linje med algene på korallene. Men på samme vis som korallrevene dør i havene, er vi nå også vitne til kapitalismens død. Vi må derfor erstatte velferdsstaten, som indirekte er en blodsuger av verdens energi, ressurser og økosystemer gjennom kapitalismen, med et nytt system. Personlig har jeg stor tro på Terje Bongards inngruppemodell, hvor man istedenfor å basere seg på energi baserer seg på de positive drivkreftene innebygd i handikapprinsippet. Dessverre er ikke Bongards nettsted bioman.no oppe og går enda, men det er ikke lenge til. I mellomtida vil jeg anbefale å lese hans bok "Det biologiske mennesket", som snart også finnes i tysk og engelsk språkdrakt.                                               “The next twenty to forty years…

Responses to My Article “Beyond Separative Modern Urbanism: Looking for the Connective Design that’s Already ‘Out There’”

7 responses to “Beyond separative modern urbanism: looking for the connective design that’s already ‘out there”. The original version of the essay is to be found here.

Patrick S Says:
December 14th, 2012 at 12:30 pm I find Holmstad’s direction of disapproval at the Welfare State, particularly of the Scandinavian variety, very strange and misplaced. The whole point of a Social democratic society is that it protects people from the worst excesses of the capitalist market and seemingly inevitable sharp inequalities which result – but leaves very considerable room for self-expression and liberty. That is, whilst they are very much free to develop their own multiple local communities, they are required to recognise the larger society-wide community and a sense of both obligation towards others but also social rights – something which neoliberalism tried to stamp out. Yes, no doubt there are unfortunate instances of the welfare state being combined with a technocratic expert driven worldview …

To Become More Like Us

Hi Raja

I can see how some might take offense, but I still leave this passage unchanged, as how I described it is how it was. It might not be politically correct, but it is a true account of what I found.

But, the same pushy sales approach is found all over the world in people from almost every place imaginable. My point was that Ladakhis don’t naturally have this aggressive, western, profit-motivated approach to their interpersonal relations/interactions, and, unfortunately, they are learning it from us. Where most of the retailers almost needed to be beaten back with a stick (metaphorically speaking), the Ladakhis were generally friendly, but with a dash of shyness, and I found this refreshing.

For any Indians who might take offense – please recognize this same aggressive sales approach is found everywhere, unfortunately, from Ladakh to London to New York, etc. That we’re changing Ladakhis from what they were (where they looked upon other people as human beings), to become more lik…

The Modern World is Not a Place for Butterflies

But there's a problem. We have fractured these urban networks, and rebuilt much more dispersed, “dendritic” systems, connected not by pedestrians, but by automobiles, dispersed suburban campuses and parks, and single-family monocultures, supplemented by telephones and now, computers. The majority of us lives in encapsulated houses, in encapsulated neighborhoods, and travel in encapsulated cars to encapsulated work places, stores and other destinations. Michael Mehaffy Has humanity entered an everlasting stage of encapsulation, like pupae never entering the stadium of a butterfly, free and full of colors? We know what happen with a pupa not leaving its pupae; it dries out, missing its higher purpose of life. Well, I'm sad to say I think this is what our societies have become today. Probably even more in Norway, as we are more encapsulated because of our climate.


Why did this happen? Of course, because of ideology, with Le Corbusier as a main inspirational.


It's a sad tru…

A Carless Rural Village: Tracy Gayton at TEDxDirigo

Post-Thanksgiving Update Hello to our growing list of “contingent investors” and others that have an interest in the progress of the Piscataquis Village Project. We have much to be thankful for.

Our most exciting news is this: Piscataquis Village Project was invited to present our idea at the annual TEDxDirigo event in October. If you’re not familiar with TED, it is a “...global set of conferences formed to disseminate ‘ideas worth spreading’.” Folks, I’m no public speaker, and would rather hold my hand over a candle flame than talk in front of a crowd of people. It’s only because we think it is so absolutely crucial that we rethink the way we’ve been building our towns & cities and out of concern for the future of Piscataquis County that we’ve devoted so much time and effort to the Piscataquis Village Project. Thanks to TEDxDirigo for the forum to spread this idea. Please watch and also please SHARE the short video via email and/or Facebook. Not everyone is in a position to inv…

Hurdal kirke med skifersnøtak

It's a Wonderful Life! (with capitalism)

Another Cold Day on Lake Mjøsa

Råholt kirke i adventstida

Skyggetreet

A Sunday in December

I made these pictures on my Sunday trip today, the first real winter day with 15 cold degrees. Click on the images for a magnification.



New Book: ENERGY: Overdevelopment & the Delusion of Endless Growth

Introducing our most ambitious publishing effort to date: ENERGY: Overdevelopment & the Delusion of Endless Growth. A partnership between the Foundation for Deep Ecology and Post Carbon Institute, this 278-page coffee table book offers a visually rich introduction to energy literacy.


ENERGY takes an unflinching look at the systems that support our insatiable thirst for more power (and the ideas behind those systems) along with their unintended side effects. From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop-removal coal mining, and natural gas “fracking” to renewables, every source of energy has costs. As the authors and photographers assert and show, no place is sacred, no landscape is safe from the relentless search for resources to power perpetual economic growth.

Edited by Tom Butler and George Wuerthner, with a foreword by Douglas Tompkins and introduction by Richard Heinberg, ENERGY features the writing of more than thirty leading thinkers (including Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry,…

Interview with Stefano Serafini on Biourbanism

I love the initial statement by Serafini in the interview:

"The design is out there already."

This goes to the very core of true and real sustainable design. This is the exactly opposite to the ideologies and the rationality of the 20th century, first and foremost implemented through PLANNING! The word planning makes me freeze on my back. What it means is administrated "freedom" and imposition of will! Planning can NEVER be human oriented or put humans in relations to nature and history.

NO, design is not to impose, it's to LISTEN! Listen to the land, listen to the people, listen to the history. NEVER to IMPOSE your will. Or the will of money, ideologies, egos and so on.

It's also called Algorithmic Sustainable Design, where you follow a process which will lead you to one of several desirable end-goals. You don't make a plan, you don't follow a plan, you follow the computations of the algorithm. And ABOVE ALL, there is NO MASTER PLAN!

The future of u…

Driving in Russia (the stupidity of cars)

Hvis ingen går i fella...

Wholeness and Human Feeling Must be Regained

We hope by now the reader will understand that the battle between system -A and system -B is not merely a clash between two competing theories of architecture. More profoundly, it is a clash between two competing systems of thought, human organization, and social activity. The two worldviews differ about the ways human society should be organized, about questions of ultimate value, and about the ways in which our social and emotional life may typically be arranged.

When this distinction is understood, it will indeed be seen that there must be conflict between the two world-systems. We need this confrontation in order to heal ourselves, and our communities.

The connection between human feeling and the wholeness of the world is profound. The activity of using this connection in service to the world is something that can be regained and must be regained. And in our search for wholeness, the presence of profound feeling in the hearts of human observers is the most sensitive, most reliable …

Dytting rundt vindu

Self-Organized Middle Earth Towns

See more pictures here: Middle Earth

Related reading:
The Natural Patterns of Cities

Skjendingen av innlandets dronning