The invention of capitalism

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalism was invented, yes, invented, and its aim was to turn a self-sufficient peasantry into industrial wage slaves, and my oh my, has it worked. “.everyone everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.” ~ Arthur Young,1771 Our popular economic wisdom – and what the people are told – says that capitalism equals freedom and free societies. capitalism independent craftsmen peasantry politics

Copenhagen wins ‘European Green Capital’

Green Traveler Guides

The Danish city was chosen for its achievements in "eco-innovation and sustainable mobility," for being a role model for the green economy in Europe and for engaging its citizens to feel they are part of the green solution Copenhagen wins ‘European Green Capital’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.


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The pathology of capitalism

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we but look at how those that have become detached, so to speak, the homeless and the unemployed, which were created by this automated, money-centered market has first created and then discarded, are seen and treated as parasites and when people watch those that have nothing starve or freeze to death we are looking into the face of the pathology of capitalism.

Beyond Capitalism: Not-for-Profit Business Ethos Motivates Sustainable Behaviour

Green (Living) Review

For-profit capitalism has created social and economic inequality; successful not-for-profit businesses including Mozilla and the Big Issue point to an alternative path At the heart of the failing capitalist system is the “for-profit” ethic. In essence, capitalism ensures that we live in a for-profit world. This way of conducting business has led to socioeconomic inequality , with capital gains and company dividends the largest contributor to income divides.

Pope Francis calls for new economic order, criticises capitalism

Green (Living) Review

capitalism Pope FrancisIn Bolivia during his tour of South America, Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labour, lodging and land.

A greener capital

Green (Living) Review

A greener capital - communities make their mark with 12,000 free trees from the Mayor of London and the Woodland Trust This autumn, communities across London will transform neighbourhoods with over 12,000 free trees from the Woodland Trust. The trees have been generously provided by the Mayor of London as part of his RE:LEAF, programme to plant more trees in the capital. These 12,000 trees will make a real difference and we would like to help communities in the capital do even more.

Iran’s capital city being swallowed by sinkholes

Green Prophet

Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink. The sinkholes threaten people’s homes and the local infrastructure. While some Middle Eastern countries like Israel are seeing record rain, Tehran is feeling the effects of a three-decades long drought.

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Think tank predicts end of capitalism

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) At the end of April 2014 a global think tank is predicting the end of capitalism and the beginning of a co-operative economy. It is interesting to see the choice of words of the think tank to call the new economy to follow after capitalism a co-operative one. State-ownership of businesses is not socialism or communism but state capitalism.

It is not possible to make peace with capitalism

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As the late Bob Crow said: “I didn't become a trade unionist just to tweak capitalism. I want to smash capitalism and every rotten thing it stands for.” When parties like the Social Democrats and the British Labour Party talk about making capitalism more human, giving capitalism a social conscience, and such, this is absolute and utter baloney. Capitalism carries in itself war in the same way as the clouds the rain.

Are we in the final stages of capitalism?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The final stages of capitalism, Karl Marx predicted, would be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels. If all those indicators are something to go by then we are in the last, the final, stages of capitalism as an economic (and political) system. Capitalism, in its final hour, so to speak, is destroying the state and everything that goes with it, and with it society as we know it.

How to Protest Capitalism by Baking Bread.

Elephant Journal

Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Food Green Health & Wellness Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Green Featured Today baking bread capitalism how to bake your own bread sourdough sourdough recipe sourdough starterIt means I can produce my own food and allows me to break free from the industrial food system and be on a system of my own.

The Irrelevance of Money: Emotional Capitalism. ~ Jack Raifer

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) capitalism emotional capitalism freedom of happiness happiness mindful money Yes, I am a capitalist.

Capitalism don’t Care.

Elephant Journal

Ciclovia (Green Streets) in Boulder is a wonderful idea. If you don’t know about it, it’s an international movement to take back streets for human beings–pedestrians, arts, markets, cyclists. It’s fun and takes place in something like 80 cities, including Manhattan, around the world. It’s super inspiring. The Boulder edition is all thanks to […].

Sharjah wins Arab Tourism Capital award 2015

Green Prophet

The honor of being named Arab Tourism Capital is showcased in the brightly colored logo shown above. According to a recent report , Sharjah – a city named after its state, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates criteria set forth by the Arab Council of Tourism Ministers.

What Would the Buddha Say about Capitalism? ~ Adam Carney

Elephant Journal

While often framed as opposing ideologies, capitalism and spirituality both provide things essential to well-being. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Buddha capitalism economics global wealth Overpopulation poverty spirituality

Can We All Agree that Capitalism has Failed?

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today 1% capitalism economy government lobbyists one percent socialism trickle downIt’s always healthy to remember that the economy is not a natural phenomenon, based on natural laws, and not inevitable, as much as economists seem.

The place where Art & Capitalism meet can Break your Heart—but it Doesn’t have To.

Elephant Journal

Arts Enlightened Society Right Livelihood be of benefit capitalism creativity dharma art making art right livelihood Rod Serling the artist's journey The Twilight ZoneI’ve wondered for a long time how we can integrate good art into the capitalist paradigm, because I truly believe creative endeavors can be just as valuable as investment banking or.

Puerto Rico’s Capital Quickly Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages After Accident


In a move swift and resounding, the capital of Puerto Rico is saying goodbye to horse-drawn carriages. The act is immediate, as San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto over Read More The post Puerto Rico’s Capital Quickly Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages After Accident appeared first on Ecorazzi.

The Three Professions that Capitalism has Ruined.

Elephant Journal

Today many of the heart-based professions are losing their heart and soul to a corporatized system that just doesn’t seem to care about anything other than the almighty dollar. Arts Enlightened Society Right Livelihood actors arts corporate exploitation monetization money teachers woman

The Gospels & Capitalism: The Camel in America’s Living Room.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today bible capitalism gospels homosexuals idolatry jesus money politics religion Why do Christians care more about homosexuals and non-believers when Jesus himself seemed primarily concerned with the worship of money?

Mental capital and wellbeing

The Green Changemakers

The Five Ways to Well-being were developed by nef from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The Project, published in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life. Five Ways to Well-being Photo credit: Pandiyan The Five Ways to Well-being are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect , Be Active , Take Notice , Keep Learning and Give.

Jill Stein: Why capitalism is killing the planet

Green Blog

One of the featured speakers at the conference was Jill Stein , the nominee of the Green Party during the 2012 national election in the US, who held a talk about how capitalism is killing the planet. Capitalism is trying to kill the planet, but the people are rising up.”. Business & Politics capitalism ecosocialism Ecosocialist Conference Jill Stein Keystone XL pipeline politics USA

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Conservancy Talk

Of course this kind of work takes a lot of capital; tapping into new sources of funding will allow us to replicate this success story in struggling fisheries across the world. The idea here is to raise capital to help cities invest in green roofs, permeable pavement, new and restored wetlands and other natural solutions that absorb water or help it flow at a more manageable rate. To the extent that these interventions work, investors will earn higher returns on their capital.

Natural Capitalism

The Green Changemakers

Natural Capitalism is based on respecting and learning from the natural order of things rather than replacing nature with human cleverness. -- Satish Kumar Natural capital is the living world that provides resources and ecosystem services, which we can neither replace nor live without. Each year these trees accrued natural capital. The capital was then re-invested elsewhere. If we protect our natural world, all by itself it will accrue natural capital.

London’s urban food scene explodes across the capital!

Green (Living) Review

This fortnight of events celebrates all the amazing food growers and producers our city has to offer” Eloise Dey of the Capital Growth campaign, which promotes food growing in London, said ''Urban Food Fortnight is a great opportunity to celebrate the existing trade of delicious, super-local fruit and veg as well as a chance for new food growers to start selling their produce to local food businesses.

Hugo Chavez on climate change and capitalism

Green Blog

Personally I’ll never forget his speech at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen in which he linked capitalism to global warming. In the speech Chavez linked climate change and capitalism, saying that “if the climate were a bank, they [the rich governments] would already have saved it”. ” It’s capitalism, the people roar, out there, hear them. The thesis of capitalism, infinite development, is a destructive pattern, let’s face it.

Acre Father Aims to Make His Capital Green

Green Prophet

Ilan Suisa, a father of four from Akko (Acre), aspires to make his ancient hometown the environmental activism capital of Israel. According to news reports he has even changed his name to “Ilan Green-Suisa.”. Over time, Green-Suisa convinced the Akko municipality to place forty recycling bins throughout the city: ”Akko won the first place in Israel for recycling,” he said.

It's the Planet Stupid!: Capitalism and The Destruction of the Commons

Green (Living) Review

There is a war going on right now between those who are working to protect the commons and the hard-core capitalists, who are working to privatize our economy, culture, ecology, environment and government. The stakes are high. The outcome will determine whether we live in a dystopian chaos, or a civil society; whether we preserve our natural life support system, or live on life support. At the moment, it’s a rout.

LEGO Mania Spreads to Lebanon’s Crumbling Capital

Green Prophet

We are in the midst of a global obsession with LEGO building blocks. No longer strictly a childhood toy, these colorful plastic blocks designed by Denmark’s Kristiansen family in the 1930s are popping up everywhere: corporations are building the tallest this and that in order to market their products and artists are using them to revitalize decaying urban environments. Now the phenomenon has reached Beirut – that sprawling concrete jungle populated by precarious buildings.

Lebanon’s Capital Suffers Nine Hour Extreme Power Cuts

Green Prophet

For the last eight years, rural areas have been crippled by extreme power cuts, but it is unusual for eight to nine hour cuts to reach the capital – Beirut – the country’s cultural, financial and political hub. This combined with the Fatmagül fuel barge’s limited capacity caused by contaminated fuel supplied by EDL has forced the Minister of Energy to ration power over the last week – leaving the capital without energy for nearly half of every day.

Bay Area Electric Vehicle Capital

Eco Friendly Daily

The Bay Area in California is touting itself as the “Electric Vehicle Capital of the U.S.”. In terms of transforming the Bay Area into the electric vehicle capital, San Jose, Oakland and the San Francisco mayors have committed to a policy plan for making it a reality. This title comes after the city unveiled charging stations for plug-in vehicles. The chargers, along with car sharing systems and other green transportation, were part of the “Green Vehicle Showcase” in San Francisco.

Capital's public sector eyes carbon cuts

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London's public sector is rolling out new model to tackle carbon from its buildings, which is hoped could eventually save the tax payer millions while helping to curb climate change. So far 42 publicly owned buildings have taken advantage of the scheme, which essentially cuts red tape when it comes to procurement and tendering, while helping to make finance easier to get hold of.

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Selfish Capitalism Vs The Planet


James outlines how selfish capitalism has spread throughout most parts of the Western world, New Zealand included. With all the promoted benefits capitalism has brought over the last century, we must examine if it has been worth

Why We Must Study Love with a Capital “L.”

Elephant Journal

“Without love we grope the tunnels of our lives and never see the sun.” ” ~ Jeanette Winterson When I was asked what my thesis as a writer would be in grad school applications, my answer was “Love.” It is the only thing that ever held my interest, first as a young romantic and later as […].

BBC’s Bill Turnbull helps London festival to celebrate capital’s honey

Green (Living) Review

This free festival gives Londoners the chance to judge a tasting competition from a large selection of the capital’s diverse honeys, from Bexley to Battersea, Greenwich to King’s Cross, Ealing to Wimbledon, and the Royal Festival Hall itself. The honey festival is just one of many activities across London this August to celebrate the capital’s honey, with shops and restaurants buying honey direct from London’s beekeepers.

Book Review: Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets

Green Prophet

“Nature has provided ecosystems and their benefits to us for free… perhaps because this capital has been provided freely to us, we humans have tended to view it as limitless, abundant, and thus perhaps always available for our use, exploitation, and conversion.” (p.3). However, in his latest book, ‘Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets’ , Edward Barbier argues that the economy can also be part of the solution.

Jordan architect wants to green up the capital’s biggest eyesore

Green Prophet

For five years a set of unfinished twin towers have stood watch over Amman, Jordan, construction halted – allegedly crippled by lawsuits. The filthy glass facades soar above a street-level footprint ringed by old hoarding, abandoned building material and trash. The empty skyscrapers stand in silent testimony to both the 2008 world financial crisis and a more localized crisis in smart urban planning.

Death, Depression & Other Capital ‘D’ Words. ~ Marika Rosenthal Delan

Elephant Journal

I convince myself it must be a given part of life to contemplate being out of one’s misery. I ruminate on all these things but don’t know if they’re really true. Haven''t we all have wondered if life might not be worth all the trouble? Don''t we all start to ask such questions when we grow up and reach the ripe old age of 10? Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness adolescence. Children (For death depression eating disorders growing up not ab them) parents Prozac sadness suicide

10 Scams Elephant Authors (& Capitalism) are pushing on you every other Day.

Elephant Journal

You are not an Empath. He is not a Narcissist. Really? Yes: anti-vax, juicing, cult worship, products packages in toxic plastic…these things hurt real people. “Dear Scam, you lost me at Yoni + Cucumber Cleanse.” ” Here’s a few of the many of Spiritual/Health/Food/Therapy/New Agey scams that folks are pushing on us, every day…because they want […]. Main Categories* Enlightened Society Green Waylon Lewis WAYLON: Today Only

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British Council represents urban garden and design exhibition for Helsinki World Design Capital

Green (Living) Review

A n urban garden designed by award-winning UK collective Wayward Plants will be showcased at World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, alongside an exhibition of six of the UK’s best designers. The garden will form the centre point of the UK’s exhibition at Helsinki World Design Capital and will showcase the UK’s contribution to innovative design.

Google And George Soros Behind Promising Palestinian Sadara Venture Capital Fund

Green Prophet

New Palestinian venture capital fund will help twelve Palestinian start ups find their feet. An Israeli resident who has been backing that country’s superior high tech development for nearly two decades has now co-launched a Palestinian venture capital fund called Sadara. Suit up! Yadin Kauffman and Saed Nashef officially inaugurated the new fund yesterday at an event attended by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salem Fayyad.

Israel’s Better Place Electric Car Network Bleeds Capital

Green Prophet

Last month Israel’s Better Place rolled out their all-electric vehicle network to the Israeli public with much fanfare. Of the hundreds of civilians that bought the cars, warm reviews of excitement ensued. Pictures and photo ops were maximized. Since opening the car sales channel to the public the number of Better Place cars on the road now exceeds the number of Better Place cars being driven by company employees.

Can Civilization Survive "Really Existing Capitalism"? An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Green (Living) Review

For decades now, Noam Chomsky has been widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive (linguist, philosopher, social and political critic) and the leading US dissident since the Vietnam War. Chomsky has published over 100 books and thousands of articles and essays, and is the recipient of dozens of honorary doctorate degrees by some of the world''s greatest academic institutions.