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The Republic of Responsible

Imagine, if you will, a hypothetical society of just three people, Albert, Bill and Charlene – each of whom provides basic necessities for everyone:

Albert provides the food, Bill does all the construction work, and Charlene makes all the clothes. In other words, everyone has their basic needs met by society. Sounds ideal, right?

Then one day, for some unknown reason, Albert decides to go rogue and stop providing food for the others – choosing instead to indulge himself on his magnificent abundance of food. Meanwhile, the other two, without the means of sustaining themselves are beginning to starve.

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How School Failed At Me

I’m 50, and, by any reasonable measure, ‘successful’. Not successful as in rich, but successful in that I have more than enough to meet my needs, a happy family life and plenty of exciting things to get up in the morning for. Statistically, I’d say that puts me well into a small global ‘elite’ of happy, fulfilled people.

Yet, almost every molecule of my personal success came from me – and me alone. Continue reading How School Failed At Me

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Finally Unveiling ‘Them’

OK, buckle up. This is going to be a bumpy ride of apparent contradictions and paradoxes – and maybe even some smoke and mirrors – but in the end (I hope) this might be the most important thing you’ll read today.

First things first, I have always had a low tolerance for people whose idea of activism is chucking abuse at agencies like governments, banks and corporations – blaming them for all the ills in the world. I have come under much flak for this attitude, and, not surprisingly, it seems that those who engage in this kind of ‘blame-hurling’ are ready to hurl their blame at pretty much anyone who appears to be asking for it.

So, why do I have a low threshold for seemingly legitimate blame-hurling? Continue reading Finally Unveiling ‘Them’

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From hairpins to houses and beyond

There are more than a few people today who believe that the world would be a better place without money and, well, capitalism altogether. I am one of those people.

And, just to nip any false impressions in the bud, ‘non-capitalism’ doesn’t automatically equate to communism. In fact, given current technical capability, it means a much freer, fairer and more sustainable world where everyone can enjoy their lives to their full potential without the traditional constraints of ‘earning’ a living. That’s the theory anyway. Continue reading From hairpins to houses and beyond

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Would you give away your house for free? I would.

It’s usually the most important and valuable purchase you’ll ever make – your home. Most of us spend a good chunk of our working existence toiling to repay an enormous sum of money (often double when you add mortgage interest) just for a place to live.

So would you give it away for free to a complete stranger? Continue reading Would you give away your house for free? I would.

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Taxation is not theft

Well of course I don’t ‘love’ tax, but even I must concede it is a necessary (and imperfect) evil in a money world.

Many of you will be familiar with the ‘taxation is theft’ memes that have been doing the rounds for the last few years. The suggestion that the system is unfair is perfectly fine with me, but I find this particular approach quite misleading and unhelpful to change movements as a whole. Continue reading Taxation is not theft

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To fix human problems, first fix the human

Ladies and gentlemen, we are locked in an insane cycle of solving problems through economic growth.

Take poverty for example: where it exists, we just think it means we don’t have enough growth in that area, or on that country as a whole. While fiscal growth does combat poverty to a degree, it invariably has other costs such as environmental degradation through resource extraction, and still has a long, long way to go to redress the chronic geopolitical and social inequality that epitomises our human culture. Continue reading To fix human problems, first fix the human

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