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Think Global, Print Local: Book Publishing as a Commons

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As you may know, Guerrilla Translation is launching a groundbreaking new project, and we hope we can count on you for some help! Here’s all the information you need to join our team by supporting our crowdfund. Keep your eyes open for updates, and read on...we explain below all the ways that you can collaborate! Many thanks. Guerrilla Translation #ThinkGlobalPrintLocal Hello friends of Guerrilla Translation! We’re writing to tell you about our exciting news here at GT - we have a crowdfund campaign launching today, February 29th on Goteo, supporting our commons-oriented, sustainable publishing project: Think Global, Print Local. We’re embarking on a new adventure in collaboration, translation, and publishing. We’re launching a new kind of publishing network, with a team of P2P/commons publishers in Europe and Latin America. The idea is to “think global” - create a book translation and release a free e-book - and “print local” - support small, local printers and publishers, and avoi…

Mariaberget at Södermalm, Stockholm

The Beautiful Courtyard of Stockholm City Hall

Breakfast in Gamla stan, Stockholm

Virkeligheten er "subjektivt føleri"!

Fantastisk viktig essay av David Bollier om økofilosofen og biologen Andreas Weber, som viser at det suburbane er en ukultur, at vårt konkurransesamfunn er en løgn, at teknokratiet dreper livet, at modernismen er falsk. Det er det dyptfølte som er ekte, og vi høysensitive er de som bør lede an i arbeidet for en levende verden.

Essayet vil bli publisert i sin helhet på PermaLiv, og jeg håper å kunne skrive en lengre kommentar til Bolliers tekst ved anledning.

Takk Weber!

Andreas Weber’s “Biology of Wonder”: Aliveness as a Force of Evolution and the Commons
"Future historians will look back on this book as a landmark that consolidates and explains paradigm-shifting theories and research in the biological sciences. Biology of Wonder explains how political thinkers like Locke, Hobbes and Adam Smith have provided a cultural framework that has affected biological inquiry, and how the standard Darwinian biological narrative, for its part, has projected its ideas about natural selection and…

The Suburban Culture

"But this new wealth was spent on suburban houses, and on cars to get to them and appliances to put in them. It transformed American (and Norwegian) culture. The private world of home and family was everything; the public realm was out. When middle-class families took a vacation, it meant a trip by car to a national park, or perhaps to a second home by a mountain lake or beach. Most of all, it meant getting away from other people. Americans (and Norwegians) no longer wished to congregate in "playgrounds" like Atlantic City where most of the action took place in public places with crowds of strangers pressing in. Those still in the habit went to new playgrounds like Miami Beach, where the decor was not threadbare and the weather nicer. If you wanted the public realm in postwar America (and Norway), there was TV." — James Howard Kunstler, "The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape", page 229

Er ornament kriminelt i Hurdal økolandsby?

In his famous essay of 1908, “Ornament and Crime,” the Austrian writer/architect Adolf Loos presented an argument for the minimalist industrial aesthetic that has shaped modernism and neo-modernism ever since. Surprisingly, he built this argument upon a foundation that is accepted today by almost no one; the cultural superiority of “modern man”, by which he meant Northern European males. Loos proclaimed that, in this new era of streamlined modern production, we had apparently become unable to produce “authentic ornamental detail.” But are we alone, he asked, unable to have our own style do what “any Negro”, or any other race and period before us, could do? Of course not, he argued. We are more advanced, more “modern.” Our style must be the very aesthetic paucity that comes with the streamlined goods of industrial production — a hallmark of advancement and superiority. In effect, our “ornament” would be the simple minimalist buildings and other artifacts themselves, celebrating the sp…

The Only EROEI that Matters is Energy Return on Human Labor Invested

Published at Peak Oil News on February 24, 2016.
There still needs to be consumers who can afford the output. Even if there is massive consolidation, the basic problem of workers who could not afford the output would not be fixed, because it is related to the fact that the cheap energy sources have already been taken. Even if direct extraction costs are low, governments are still very dependent on high tax revenue.

What would happen in normal circumstances is collapse. Collapse happens when wages of non-elite workers fall too low, so that they cannot afford the output of the system. This happens when (goods and services produced)/population stops rising. More and more of the goods and services produced needs to go into overhead for the system (government, manager higher pay, debt service, cost of dividends and higher stock prices). There is too little output for the non-elite worker to get an adequate share.

There is a lot of talk about EROEI. In my view, the only EROEI that matters i…

We All Go Down With China

The first of the articles you link to says, “It is this slowdown in China’s debt creation that is the true reason behind the global growth slowdown experienced both in China and around the globe.” This hits the nail on the head, in my view. Unless debt can keep increasing by leaps and bounds, demand stagnates or falls, and commodity prices “tank.”

What is behind this is Beijing’s crackdown on the type of debt creation used by local governments. Previously, (as I understand the situation) these governments were given growth targets and freedom to reach these targets using as much debt as needed. In January, 2015, the central government withdrew guarantees for the Local Government Financing Vehicles, so local governments cut back on infrastructure projects like roads, subways, and reservoirs.

Somehow, this withdrawal of government guarantee sound a whole lot like the link that Stepheun recently gave us, with respect to the Federal Reserve removing its backup funding for banks.http://ww…

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What MEDOSS was Meant to Complement

Read about MEDOSS here.
First time poster, Hello everyone! This is a bit of a tangental rant and scrolling past is excused :)

I’ve been cogitating over Fast Eddy’s claims that collapse hasn’t come sooner because there are people in control who have done their darndest to prevent it. Players who determine central bank and economic policies, some kind of unelected inner sanctum banking clique, are seen as the saviours of our time (so far at least). It may seem a moot point to consider whether the course of our recent history is determined by design more than chance. It is a point worth considering though because but it does speak to sense of hope that often finds its way into the discourse here. If there are people who have been capable of stemming the effects of energy constraints is there a chance that they can do it for a longer term? Can collapse be avoided, or ameliorated if it does occur ? In this regard the benevolent communism that ArtLeads yearns for, the disappointed nihilism …

The Culture of Architecture was Lost to Modernism and its Dogmas

A further consequence is that two generations have grown up and matured in Norway without experiencing what it is to live in a human habitat of quality. We have lost so much culture in the sense of how to build things well. Bodies of knowledge and sets of skills that took centuries to develop were tossed into the garbage, and we will not get them back easily. The culture of architecture was lost to Modernism and its dogmas. The culture of town planning was handed over to lawyers and bureaucrats, with pockets of resistance mopped up by the automobile, highway, and real estate interests. — James Howard Kunstler, "The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape", page 245

Roddier’s Third Law of Thermodynamics Will End Technology

Actually, technology can disappear even sooner than when the net energy from fossil fuels becomes negative. The economy needs a growing (net) energy supply to continue to grow. Perhaps efficiency and technology changes can change this relationship slightly, but this is approximately the situation.

So instead of the Second Law of Thermodynamics being what brings about the end of technology, it may by Roddier’s Third Law of Thermodynamics that brings about collapse and the end of technology, even though some net energy might theoretically be available, if debt could rise endlessly. - Gail Tverberg

Morgon på Brantingtorget

The only "high tech trap" exists in the minds of those who can't see outside of the very narrow tunnel of progress

Øyvind, how come it's impossible to go from cars back to horses when it was perfectly possible to go from horses to cars, and there was a very elaborate and expensive infrastructure around horses and horse transport that somehow got replaced? The answer, of course, is that you're letting the myth of progress do your thinking for you. You don't make the transition all at once, any more than cars replaced horses all at once, and so the ordinary depreciation of the infrastructure that has to be replaced does much of the work for you. The only "high tech trap" exists in the minds of those who can't see outside of the very narrow tunnel of progress. - John Michael Greer Follow the discussion between me and Eivind Berge to his post "Can industrial civilization be saved?". Is Gail Tverberg caught in "the very narrow tunnel of progress", in spite of that she foresees the rapid end of industrial civilization? Or is the "high tech trap" re…

«Affordability»-veggen

Kommentar her.
Nettopp! Dette er et hovedpoeng hos Tverberg, at lavstatusarbeidere må få et skikkelig lønnshopp for å berge prisene på forbruksvarer. Luksusvarer som yatcher og privatfly og champagne kan på ingen måte holde det økonomiske hjulet i gang innenfor kapitalismen. Husk den første store energirelaterte trusselen vi står overfor, lave priser på råvarer og forbruksvarer. Illustrasjonen viser at kapitalismen nå braser rett inn i den første verdensveggen, «Affordability»-veggen. Hadde vi hatt vettet i behold ville vi stanset nå og funnet oss et nytt kjøretøy. Terje Bongard har tegningene klare!

Stemning fra Kaffekoppen

Kaffekoppen er en kafè ved Stortorget i Gamla stan i Stockholm. En hyggelig, slitt liten sak. Se også min stemningsrapport fra Stortorget:

Kaffekoppen & Chocladkoppen ved Stortorget i Gamla stan

(Images from Kaffekoppen Cafè at Gamla stan in Stockholm.)





Affordability is the First Big Chock to Hit Humanity

Comment by Gail Tverberg:

One point that many people have missed is that there are really two different thermodynamic limits that we are approaching:

1. The limit of a depleting battery, if a person thinks of fossil fuels and uranium as being temporary resources that decline as we use them. This is what EROEI has been concerned about.

2. The continuous rise in energy consumption, required to keep the economy from collapsing. The economy is a dissipative structure. It is like plants and animals, and hurricanes, ecosystems, and stars. All of these temporarily grow in systems that are thermodynamically open. They cannot continue forever, however, because their energy supply is not infinite. They come to ends of different types, depending on how they are structured. We know that economies have collapsed in the past–I won’t go into the details, but it is not too different from what we are seeing today.

EROEI researchers grabbed on to the first limit described above, and have assumed it is …

Human Beings are “Agents of Disturbance”

Turns out ancient humans were bad for nature, too!
To understand what it means to change how species coexist, think of interspecies relationships as falling into three broad categories: aggregated, segregated, and random. Aggregated species are those that tend to live in the same habitat, indicating some kind of mutually beneficial interaction. Segregated species are those that actively don’t live in the same habitat, indicating maybe a competitive relationship or just a difference in habitat preference. And random species coexistence is exactly that — random. Now, for millions of years, life on Earth exhibited a strong tradition of species aggregation — a kind of love-filled hippie era, if you will (that’s a gross oversimplification, but you get the point). Then we came along, and suddenly, the world started to get a lot more segregated. It's time to listen to the wisdom of Masanobu Fukuoka. And actually you can do so in a podcast at Levevei.no:

Episode 122: Natural farming an…

My Image of Mythical Princess Libuše Used in a New Book on Czech Legend and Folklore

I was happy to find my image of Libuše on page 64 in a new book!

The Esoteric Codex: Czech Legend and Folklore

October 5, 2015 by Nicolas Kraushaar (Author)


Suburbia Eliminates the Public Realm

I don't believe automobile suburbs are an adequate replacement for cities, since the motive force behind suburbia has been the exaltation of privacy and the elimination of the public realm. Where city life optimizes the possibility of contact between people, and especially different kinds of people, the suburb strives to eliminate precisely that kind of human contact. - James Howard Kunstler, "The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape", page 189

Spikern på hodet!

Les artikkelen kommentaren er knyttet til her. Vidunderlig "spade for spade"-retorikk fra en MDGs representant. Endelig en artikkel i jungelen av luftslott og grunn økologi og tro på mennesket og markedets sameksistens i forbindelse med Paris-sammenkomsten, som treffer spikeren på hodet. Krydret med allegorier og historiske linjer. Den største nedturen for meg ble et intervju med Terje Bongard hos P2s Ytring 6. desember: https://radio.nrk.no/serie/ytring#t=45m7s

At de fikk med Bongard er utrolig, og man hører på stemmen hans hvor lei han er. I tillegg klarer programlederen å vippe ham av pinnen ved stadige avbrytelser, uten å la ham fullføre et eneste argument! På toppen av det hele får man inn grunnøkologen Frederic Hauge etter Bongard, som stempler Bongard som en "menneskepessimist"!

En stor ugjerning av programlederen å invitere Bongard for så å gjøre alt hun kan for å legge hindringer i veien for at han skal få fram sitt budskap. Programmet kalles Ytring, men Bo…

What's the Secret of Making a Happy City?

...or a happy pocket neighborhood

By Ruth Wilson. Original text here.
"We might start by using potted plants, benches, and picnic tables to block cars from entering the streets at the heart of our cities.  We can then convert the space cars once dominated to make room for pedestrians and bicyclists, for people to gather, and for community to grow.  We can welcome the idea that we have a common duty to participate in civic life and, in that participation, discover what true happiness is all about." “What are cities for?” and “Who owns them?” These are two of the questions addressed by award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery in his book, Happy City.  As the title of his book suggests, Montgomery ties these two questions to the issue of happiness.  If the pursuit of happiness is something important to us, he says, the way we build and live in our cities should reflect our idea of what happiness is.


Montgomery tells the story of two ancient cities – Athens and Rome -- to illus…

Down a Stairway from Norra Benickebrinken

The Organic Wholeness of the Small Town Street

The organic wholeness of the small town street was a result of common, everyday attention to details, of intimate care for things intimately used. The discipline of its physical order was based not on uniformity for its own sake, but on a consciousness of, and respect for, what was going on next door. Such awareness and respect were not viewed as a threat to individual identity but as necessary for the production of amenity, charm, and beauty. These concepts are now absent from our civilization. We have become accustomed to living in places where nothing relate to anything else, where disorder, unconsciousness, and the absence of respect reign unchecked. - James Howard Kunstler, "The Geography of Nowhere", page 185

Mystisk skikkelse i Baggensgatan

Den suburbane kulturen anno 2016; dvs. den nye norske kulturen

Lesningen av James Howard Kunstlers bok "The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape", skrider sakte framover. Og jeg bøyer meg stadig dypere i støvet for denne klarsynte giganten og hvordan Kunstler med sitt uovertrufne språk, humor og sarkasme, beskriver den vitsen vi og vår kultur har blitt. Her er nok en liten lekkerisken for tenkende lesere:
Across the rural northeast, where I live, the countryside is littered with new houses. It was good farmland until recently. On every country road, every unpaved lane, every former cowpath, stand new houses, and each one is somebody's version of the American Dream. Most are simple raised ranches based on tried-and-true formulas – plans conceived originally in the 1950s, not rethought since then, and sold ten thousand times over.

These housing "products" represent a triumph of mass merchandising over regional building traditions, of salesmanship over civilization. You can be sure th…

‘The Follies of Free Love’

Thanks for sharing Oyvind. Sorry to hear about the loss of the fish, but sounds like the small river still passes by which is a nice sound. I ghost wrote a book via an alias name, ‘The Follies of Free Love’. A woman that was born in Sweden in about 1880 hand wrote a book about her life and I just fixed the grammar and sentence structure so it could be easily read in English. She immigrates to Denmark, then later takes a steamer via a couple of stops in Norway. There she sees the Fram (a wooden ship that went up into the arctic) in a Norwegian fjord. The steamer then goes to NY, then she takes a train to Chicago, then is in SF just a couple months before the 1906 Earthquake, on to the Philippines, then back to SF to live in the SF bay area and her descendants are still here and friends of mine. The Fram is now on display in Oslo. Some day I want to go on a tour of the locations in the book in Sweden, Denmark and Oslo, Norway. It’s a fascinating life story in which she is most of the t…

The Values of the Coming American Elites

Pål Steigan som Norges James Kalb

Sverige og Fahrenheit 451 Norge er et underlig land. I USA er en av de argeste polemikerne mot den liberale fascismen den konservative katolske advokaten James Kalb, som har skrevet den glimrende boka «The Tyranny of Liberalism».

Her i nisseland er derimot den konservative kommunisten Pål Steigan den uovertruffent beste kritikeren av det liberalistiske tyranniet!

På samme vis som det innen litteraturen foregår en utrenskning av reaksjonære ideer, renskes alt av tradisjonell/menneskevennlig arkitektur vekk i byggingen av Norge.

Hele Bjørvika-prosjektet er en manifestasjon av den liberalistiske fascismens seier, og møter alle med sin glisende, seierssikre tanngard når de ankommer Norge sjøveien. Norge er en sjøfartsnasjon, og ved å kle sjøsiden av vår hovedstad med modernisme viser de for all verden at her er den liberale ideologien enerådende. Nazistene kunne ikke ha gjort det bedre!

Utgruppekultur er ukultur

Grunnleggende finnes det kun to typer kultur: Utgruppekultur og inngruppekultur. To opplagte eksempler er den suburbane eneboligen kontra lommenabolaget. Terje Bongard foreslår at vi beveger oss vekk fra utgruppe-kulturene og inn mot inngruppe-kulturene. Ja, faktisk presenterer han en inngruppe-kultur som eneste løsning for at den menneskelige sivilisasjon skal overleve! Lytt til samtalen med Bongard hos J.A. Arnfinsen på Levevei:

- Episode 66: Inngruppa som styrende prinsipp i et bærekraftig demokrati

Se også hvordan boligstørrelsen jevnt og trutt har økt i USA som en følge av de negative suburbane utgruppe-handikappkreftene (Bongard bruker atlaskgartneren som eksempel i sin bok, en jålefugl fra Australia):

- Sick Suburban "Homes" are Increasing while Income is Decreasing.


Det snakkes så mye om å bygge et klimanøytralt samfunn. For en som har lest "Det biologiske mennesket – individer og samfunn i lys av evolusjon" og samtidig studert vossingen Gail Tverberg hos O…

5 kjennetegn ved meningsfylt arbeid

Meningsfylt arbeid er en aktivitet som oppfyller fem kjennetegn:
Den framstår med klar nødvendighet som materielt livsgrunnlag.Utfordringene er mangfoldige og har sammenheng, slik at menneskets eget, alltid medfødte mangfold av evner lokkes fram og fører til personlighetens utfoldelse og modning; - blant annet utfordrer kroppen ved en så variert omgang med landskap og en så direkte kontakt med natur, materialer og emner at den bygger ferdigheter i å skjelne mellom kvaliteter, blant annet god og dårlig form.Utfordringene er slike at menneskets evne til solidaritet, lojalitet og dets samarbeidsferdigheter utvikles.Produktene (varer og tjenester) fremmer liv - i natur og samfunn - og bryter ikke ned, skader, forurenser.Arbeidet frambyr samfunnsmessig viktige områder hvor barn kan delta i det - ikke bare som lek, men på en måte som både voksne og barn oppfatter som nyttig; det samme gjelder for gamle, og i prinsippet for alle grupper innen et samfunn. - Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng, "Identi…

Tidens gudinne

Interviewed: David Bollier on Patterns of Commoning

Shareable’s Cat Johnson interviews our colleague David Bollier about the Commons Strategies Group new book anthology Patterns of Commoning.David Bollier is a policy strategist, activist, and a leading voice in the commons movement. In a new book, Bollier and commons activist Silke Helfrich, both members of the Commons Strategies Group, collaborated to underscore the fact that commons are not things, resources or goods; they are social structures, processes and patterns. The second book in a planned trilogy, Patterns of Commoning is a collection of more than 50 essays written by activists, academics, and commons project leaders from 20 countries. Topics include alternative currencies, open source farm equipment, community forests, co-learning commons, theater commons, mapping projects, urban commons, digital commons, and more. As Bollier points out, “the primary goal of Patterns of Commoning is to show the great scope and vitality of commons initiatives around the world.” Shareable spoke…