The Problem With Society Isn’t Greed

Green (Living) Review

Greed Is a Symptom of a Deep Need Going Unfulfilled A lot of people reacted to my comment on Facebook the other day that greed is more a symptom than a cause of our current system, with all its inequities. I’m asked, What is the cause of greed? First I’ll say what I think greed is: Greed is the insatiable desire for that which one doesn’t really need, or in amounts beyond one’s needs. greed society

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Monsanto and GMOs: a Model of Greed

The Alien Next Door

It’s a simple model of greed. pesticides greed proposition 37 genetic engineering GMO roundup Vandana Shiva Monsanto genetically modified foods David Suzuki genetically modified organisms Rachel Parent ecosystem health environment According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “ companies that develop and patent GMO seeds are the same companies that develop and patent the pesticides and herbicides to which the unique seeds are resistant.

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Greed, Green & Grains: Obamacare for Our Corn

Environmental Economics

via : This has to be the funnest thing an agricultural economist could ever do. Great job Bruce!   The Colbert Report. Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c. Agriculture & Drought Disaster - Bruce Babcock. Colbert Report Full Episodes. Political Humor & Satire Blog. Video Archive. Many thanks to Mike Roberts for keeping our material fresh

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Recession good for profits

Green (Living) Review

austerity recession greed capitalism corporate profits by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Corporate profits as a share of national income continue to break records, not despite unemployment and wage stagnation, but because of them. Recession is always good for the capitalists and capitalism as it guarantees them a labor force that is scared of losing their jobs and thus will accept lower wages and bad working conditions just to be able to have some sort of an income.

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Kareiva: Consumption, Competitiveness and Conformity

Nature Conservancy - Science

People and Conservation Science Science Culture conformity consumption effects of consumption environmental fashion greed greed and conservation hip environmentalist over-consumption Partha Dasgupta Paul Ehrlich Peter Kareiva Peter Kareiva Nature Conservancy Science journal shark fin soup shark fin soup campaign Simon Fraser University Can the human traits of competitiveness and conformity be forces for environmental change? Can they save this shark from becoming shark fin soup?

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That little thing called more

Green (Living) Review

Greed is another name for this constant desire, driven by advertising nowadays, for more. keeping up with the Joneses more greed envy by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We want more, more, more all the time, never satisfied with what we have and this is what is destroying the world. In the old days this was often the case for fortune hunters going abroad, and amongst those were the slavers and slave traders, as well as the gold diggers and the carpet baggers. Today it is everyone, almost.

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Bioprospecting And Biopiracy

Green Living Tips

I recently came across the word "biopiracy" - something that happens when bioprospecting falls victim to good ole' fashioned human greed. So what do these terms mean

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The Lorax: An env-econ economist's review

Environmental Economics

At its core, The Lorax is a story of corporate greed and its affect on the environment.    Ultimately, due to the high opportunity cost of harvesting the tufts while leaving the trees intact, the Once-ler succumbs to greed, abandons principle and prior agreements with Frank Reynolds, er, The Lorax, and resorts to cutting the trees before harvesting the tufts.  So we took the family to see The Lorax yesterday. 

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Occupy Wall Street. Then what?

Environmental Economics

  Guilt may be a powerful incentive, but greed--in the Greed is Good sense--is even more powerful. I'm trying to understand the Occupy Wall Street movement.    Best I can tell, the issue is a deep, long, unevenly distributed recession that has resulted in an even more (perceived?) unequal distribution of wealth.    I'm having trouble seeing the proposed solution. 

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"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

Environmental Economics

Confronting the climate crisis will require a deeper, spiritual transformation of society, replacing “consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing.”. I have no idea if the title has anything to do with what follows, but I was trying to tie together the death of one America's wittiest baseball players (Yogi Berra) with the visit of the non-economist environmental Pope to the U.S.   Why would I want to tie these two things together? 

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The sources of our troubles

Green (Living) Review

Instead we should test people for stupidity, ignorance, greed and the love of power of of money. Most also suffer from stupidity, ignorance and greed, per se, and their only aim is to make a name for themselves and to rule over people. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we are really looking for the sources of our troubles in our society and world today we should not test people for drugs.

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Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky

Green (Living) Review

I've witnessed some pretty grim scenes in the food business down the years - appalling conditions in the poultry industry, crazy EU fishing laws, all kinds of greed and folly. Tonnes of perfectly good food are thrown away in the UK every year. Why, asks Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Root vegetables may be a touch harder to feel for than chickens or fish.

2015 138

When electronics recycling innovation is strangled by corporatism: The Eric Lundgren story

Living Green Technology

It was all a part of his personal crusade against planned obsolescence, corporate greed, and e-waste. In case you haven't heard, the US government and Microsoft have succeeded in their quest to take down one Eric Lundgren, a force in the electronics recycling industry. How did Lundgren land in this predicament? Did he avoid taxes? Did he mislead consumers?

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No need for unemployment

Green (Living) Review

It is a world where work is not related to satisfying our needs and that of our communities but a wold where work is only related to satisfying the profit and greed of businesses and their shareholders. It is a world where workers are exploited for greed. Yet, as long as employment is tied to somebody else's profit and greed, the work needed will not get done and the workers are but wage slaves.

2012 116

Population matters to the environment

Green (Living) Review

Our greed for whatever we could lay our grubby paws on, and especially the greed of those who could afford to exploit Earth's riches, have led to the wholesale destruction of breadbaskets, forests and other ecosystems and it is for that reason that more and more severe weather acts occur. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is, apparently, the finding of some UN body as regards to population and the environment, and it would seem that they think they have made some great discovery.

Interesting Green Ideas: Thinking Outside the Box

Green Home Blog

Thinking ‘outside the box’ has and will continue to disallow greed and ignorance to drag us down. Interesting Green Ideas: Thinking Outside the Box. There are many ideas out there when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and helping the earth sustain life in lieu of man’s polluting ways. They can range from recycling to reusing and everything in between. However, thinking ‘outside the box’ is the thing that will most likely help our planet on a grand scale (remember Henry T.

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The demise of the “real” Charity Shop

Green (Living) Review

Greed at play, once again, as so often. Then, however, came the greed to many of the charities running those “goodwill” stores and they marked up good as if they were being sold as antiques and at times new branded but nevertheless donated clothes, for instance, are priced at no more than twenty percent down from priced on the High Street.

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Are we all living in an Ochlocracy?

Green (Living) Review

In it the orientation of the actions of the government for the common welfare of the people is lost and instead self-interest and greed of one group or individuals govern the actions of the government. So, instead of letting them pay their price for their greed and the subsequent losses that they have incurred the poor members of society have to pay for their mistakes. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The term ochlocracy appears to have been coined by Polybius in his Histories (6.4.6)

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Hot-Desking Dehumanizes Work Place

The Alien Next Door

Metropolis is a world dominated by technology and greed, where the bulk of the people are dehumanized workers, who more resemble machines in their jerky rhythmic movements and laconic faces than the oppressed humans they are.

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Enough is enough

Green (Living) Review

There is more than enough for everyone's need on this Planet b ut not for everyone's greed. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Too many people have and desire much more than enough while others, the great majority, do not have enough to live and barely survive. We do not, necessarily, have too many people on this Planet of ours. What we have, though, are a small amount of people who have most of the wealth while the rest have little to nothing.

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Sacred Economics

The Green Changemakers

Gap between rich and poor 'widening on a daily basis'

Green (Living) Review

Only then will there be enough for everyone's need, though not for everyone's greed, as the greed will have to be nipped in the bud. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) UNISON delegates in Glasgow on June 17, 2015 committed the union to keeping inequality at the forefront of political and economic debate.

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Workers and craftsmen co-ops vs. corporations

Green (Living) Review

Corporate greed has depleted the Earth''s resources to such an extent that we have run out of many of them or are on the brink of doing so, it has destroyed the very ecosystems that everything, including humans, depend on for the very life on this Planet, and still they want more, more and more. This greed is also the underlying cause of most wars and conflicts on a global scale and causes the erosion of liberties all over the world.

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Endless growth is a real danger

Green (Living) Review

But, greed got the better of most, it would appear, and it still has us in its grip. The world has wasted more than a century and a half and the actions and greed of government and corporations have caused the destruction of much of Earth, the extinction of species and has brought us to the brink of an ecological catastrophe that is threatening all (human) life on this Planet.

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Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook

Low Impact

It’s not a scam, but it’s greed on the part of the investors.

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You have to decide where you stand

Green (Living) Review

I have made my choice to stand for people and for the environment and against the capitalist system and (corporate) greed. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the monumental battle of our times we all have to take stock and decide where we stand and on which side we fight. Do you stand with capitalism and world domination (by the United States and its corporations) or do you stand for solidarity and peace, for liberty and justice, and for and with humanity?

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Before the Flood now streaming, and you thought Halloween was scary!

Green Prophet

We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. Let’s get meta. A “force of nature” is defined as a natural phenomenon that is beyond human control.

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FAIL - Govenor Patterson

Green Earth Journey

indicative of greed, he defects, call it mutiny/ 9. Cause’ those taxes pay your salary, n your practicing greed/ 16. Lyrics 1. Ayo, I got some issues that I need to address/ 2. Governor Patterson, your actions are egregious yet/ 3. I’ve had it with inadequate and devious threats/ 4. Cause’ our economy’s receding, your increasing the debt/ 5. My main intuition tells me to gaze through a prism/ 6. I lack faith in the system so I’ll relay you a vision/ 7. What’s more important?

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Tech Tuesday- Plasma Gasification

Green Earth Journey

Then we can plant forests over all the land that used to be landfills, power plants and Wal-m%$@ I mean the self-destructive downward spiral of greed driven planet trashing population enslavement camps. Ok, so this is one of those technologies that you would think some crazy government conspiracy would shut down and cover up so it would never get out because it would mess up the monopoly the energy companies have on the world! I'm telling you this is sick! CRAZY SICK!!!

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Get suing for your environment

Green Prophet

The Dead Sea area in general is facing massive threats due to human greed and oversight. A landmark law was just passed in Israel this year. The Israeli Parliament, known as the Knesset just passed a new law on January 1, that allows both public and non-profit organizations to file a civil suit against any person or organization that damages the environment in general.

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The Diggers (A World turned Upside Down)

Green (Living) Review

Here are the lyrics to the song about the English Diggers of 1649 who tried to take back their rights to use the common land from the church and landowners. The lyrics are still very relevant today. However, the God is no longer a theistic one, but a corporate one. The Diggers (A World turned Upside Down) In 1649 To St.

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Matt Taibbi and Mayor Julián Castro

Sightline Daily

In his 2010 book, Griftopia , he wrote, “In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.” Rolling Stone ''s Matt Taibbi What do Matt Taibbi and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro have in common? Sightline’s 20th Anniversary Speaker Series ! They’ll be closing out our year-long celebration with talks that we expect will sell out Town Hall, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Matt Taibbi.

Greening of MBA Programs

Green Living Ideas

” It comes with a shift in attitude towards business and corporations influenced in part by the many recent corruption and ethical collapses associated with corporate greed in the business world. A curious thing has happened since the explosion of sustainable MBA programs, they have begun to infiltrate traditional MBAs. Some of the universities now incorporating sustainable practices into their MBAs may surprise you.

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Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

Low Impact

The push for GDP growth among corporations is partly greed, partly ignorance. Today I’m talking with Brian Czech, the president of CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He served in the U.S.

2020 62

Empowerment Messages, Not Inadequacy

Sightline Daily

Inadequacy stories rely on our most childish impulses and emotions, jealousy, greed, selfishness, vanity. Fans by Mircea used under CC BY 2.0 Most of the marketing we see (especially commercial advertising) is of the inadequacy variety—messages designed to create anxiety or insecurity about what we lack (beauty, youth, sex-appeal, status).

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Austerity bites hard in Europe

Green (Living) Review

It is greed; pure and simple, and I am sure that we could also find some other, stronger, words for that. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In many member states of European Union (and Euro) land austerity measures are biting and are hitting the poorest hardest. While dumpster diving and the Freegan lifestyle is a good green option in many cities of the European Union all kinds of people are no forced to check the dumpsters outside the back of stores for food (and other items).

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Don’t waste food by taking more than you will eat

Green (Living) Review

Our serious problems with waste – whether food or other stuff – also stems from our modern attitude, which is based on greed and false understanding of what needs actually are. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don’t waste food by overloading your plate, taking more than you will eat, whether or not it says that it is an “all you can eat” buffet for $10 or such. Neither do this at home. In both cases you can always go for seconds, if you are really hungry.

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Curb Appeal

Sightline Daily

The something we need is greed. Although they respond to territoriality by tapping into greed, the greed they tap is still attenuated. A more radical plan appeals to a cruder form of greed. Parking cap and trade would swamp parking territoriality with unadulterated greed. Greed—activated through parking benefit districts or tradable parking permits—is the core of the solution. Photo credit NYDOT, cc.

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Motown to Growtown

Green (Living) Review

They accuse Hantz of greed disguised as philanthropy. Reforestation and urban farms could help secure Detroit''s future. Four years ago, Detroit businessman John Hantz received national attention when he announced his plans to create the world''s largest urban farm in Detroit. His plan to buy vacant city land and convert it to orchards and tree farms was hailed as visionary by some and nefarious by others.

Pope Francis’ Climate Change Talking Points

Sightline Daily

He’s denounced consumerism, greed, and waste, and critiqued capitalism. Photo Credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Compfight cc Maybe you heard? Pope Francis was making the rounds last week in DC, New York, and Philly. The buzz has been hard to miss. It’s no wonder. The Pope is the “faith boss” of every practicing Catholic on earth: 1.2

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Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid

Green (Living) Review

It’s time for the human race to move past the concepts of competition and greed into one that benefits the whole. It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable.

Labor was the first price, the original purchase money

Green (Living) Review

This is why the organized labor of workers was and still is the only viable or appropriate response to the organized greed of capitalist business owners. Greed, for money, lands, natural resources, and whatever else we can think of, has been the causal agent for wars and conflicts throughout the ages and even more so in the modern world, with oil being now the prime factor and the profits that it brings.

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When we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves

Green (Living) Review

The former for our needs and often for greed, and the latter due to greed with oil spillage, sewage and chemical dumping, etc. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) “ When we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves.” - David Orr Healing the Earth, our Mother, is something that is more urgent than ever and, hopefully, it is not too late. It is, however, very much true that by healing Mother Earth we will also be healing ourselves and society.

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