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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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What if money were no object?

What would you do if money were no object? A familiar question I’m sure. Often we fantasise about the choices we’d make if we had enough money to act without fear. But there is another interpretation of this familiar idiomatic question that is much less considered.

What if money literally were no object? ie. what if it didn’t exist at all? What if we never traded? What if we never got paid, and everything was free? Sounds crazy, right? Well it’s not so crazy as you might think, and, chances are, you’re already engaging in this kind of behaviour. Continue reading What if money were no object?

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Education over regulation

[Originally submitted to the Global Challenges Foundation A New Shape Prize 2017]

It has always been my belief that to solve anything, you must go to the source of the problem. Anything less is just easing symptoms. Sometimes easing symptoms can buy you time to focus on the actual solution, but in practice this rarely happens, and the false sense of security it gives usually means we end up living from one round of symptom-easing to the next.

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Look out, the collapse isn’t coming! Four reasons why capitalism won’t crash

Among the weird and wonderful money-free activist community, there are many doomsday sayers seemingly enthralled with the prospect of the imminent collapse of the financial system and capitalism. While I confess a part of me would certainly relish that spectacle, my overwhelming rationale draws me back.

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Exactly what is the goal of progress?

Some might be familiar with the work of Steven Pinker whose book Enlightenment Now! makes an impressive case for the world being in far greater shape than we generally consider. Pinker presents data showing how our rates of violence are lower than ever, how many have escaped from abject poverty, and how much healthier and longer living we are. Continue reading Exactly what is the goal of progress?

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Colin’s Facebook Pages & Projects

 

Although Facebook pages’ reach has plummeted over the years, they do still offer valuable social proof that people are interested in the ideas that you promote. Here I’ve made it super-easy for anyone to check and add a like to each of the various projects I am involved in. If you like these ideas, please  like and follow these Facebook pages. Continue reading Colin’s Facebook Pages & Projects

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