October 22, 2017


The Story of Stuff (2007)


Annie Leonard lays bare the destructive processes behind global consumerism. More stuff on Annie’s website.

Does development create or mitigate poverty?

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Does economic development reduce or increase poverty? Does it benefit the countries of the Third World or the corporations of the West? Is it irreconcilable with finite natural resources? Or would its opponents simply condemn billions to lives that are nasty, brutal and short? Clare Short and Teddy Goldsmith discuss. Teddy Goldsmith is the founder […]

Rewriting economics

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This is one of a series of six talks by Edward Goldsmith, broadcast on the World Business Report programme of the BBC World Service, 15-19 December 2003. See Related Articles on the right for others in the series. At Oxford I studied economics, but found what I was taught somewhat unconvincing. Economists identify their discipline […]

Rewriting economics (LSE version)

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The ‘dismal science’ of economics has developed in isolation from other sciences, in particular those that concern the living world. As a result, what is necessary to preserve our planet’s life processes is all too likely to be ‘irrational’ from an economic standpoint. The choice is simple: to rewrite economics, or to destroy the natural […]

Reflection on the 2002 Johannesburg Summit

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The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September 2002, the tenth anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit. This critique, written in advance of the Summit, shows that even in the unlikely event of ‘success’, the exploitation and destruction of peoples and ecosystems would continue unimpeded. Goldsmith […]

Development always brings more poverty

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Published in Open Forum, Humanitarian Affairs Review, spring 2002. Edward Goldsmith, editor of The Ecologist and co-author of The Case Against the Global Economy strongly disagrees with Keith Marsden’s article in the Autumn issue of Humanitarian Affairs Review. In his article, Keith Marsden challenged many of the claims of anti-globalisation demonstrators. Goldsmith argues here that […]

Can the Bretton Wood institutions stamp out poverty?

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This important article was completed around 21 March 2002. We have no record of its publication so it is presumed unpublished. For the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO)—i.e. the Bretton Woods Institutions—the maximiz­ation of world trade and the economic development that this promotes is the key to […]

Rediscovering economics

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A talk given at the London School of Economics, 30 January 2002. Chairman: Professor Herbert Girardet Rather like Herbie I have been very much influenced by traditional societies which are not very fashionable these days. In my opinion it is an act of some arrogance to decree that 99 percent of human experience on this […]

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