Robot hand dropping money in an industrial bin
Robot hand dropping money in an industrial bin

Transition away from monetary economics to a resource based economy will be a multi-step process. It will require a significant shift in the way we think about our planet and the interconnected relationships we as a species have with it, life in general and each other. This can be facilitated, in part, by expanding our understandings of the natural world and the information planetary and human sciences have to share with us. As an example the study of genetics is leading to an understanding that behaviour is not hard wired, the environment we are raised in and experience through life has a profound effect on all of us at a genetic level. …


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We are six authors from Victoria Australia concerned with the state of human society and its impacts on biodiversity and the biosphere more broadly.

Our aim is to bring attention to the underlying structural issues which through both economic and social pressures generate poor outcomes on the socioeconomic and environmental levels. It is time to move beyond finger pointing and develop a new sustainable social model.

In issue one we address the climate crisis and discover what it will take for our species to avert near certain ecological and social disaster. …


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Driver Free Car by BP63Vincent CC BY-SA 3.0

The Trolley Problem, a thought experiment in ethics presented in 1967 by Philippa Foot, is a way of testing if our judgements are utilitarian. The problem proposes a trolley on a track is moving toward five people unaware they are in danger, you are at a switch which could shift the trolley onto another track saving the five people but killing a single individual who happens to be on that track. The utilitarian would pull the switch saving the five at the expense of the one.

This in and of itself is a fine thought experiment, however when in 2019 we are asked to consider such a notion in relation to algorithms used to control automated cars we are asking the wrong question. In fact this highlights a complete and total lack of understanding in relation to the type of technology we are actually dealing with. …


“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Emma Goldman

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Voting has not always been a pointless exercise, there was certainly a time when it was the most efficient way to bring order to society. With the advent of the internet, however, voting has become exposed as critically lacking in value and effectiveness when it comes to how we socially organise ourselves.


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We need to have a social conversation about economics. Not the prototypical economic conversation; there’s no need to discuss regulation, interest, inflation, derivatives, or even the type of money we use. Our conversation should instead address the foundation of our modern economic system. Examine our economy from a broad perspective, without getting bogged down in the mire of levers and mechanisms which mask the fundamental simplicity of the system. It’s time we looked at the impacts of earning a living.

To start, we should have a basic understanding of how as a species we have arrived where we are from an economic perspective. …


Human technology today is outstanding, mind-boggling almost beyond comprehension; we have advanced so quickly in such a short space of time that most of us are unaware of our true capabilities.

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While we have automated assembly lines which make the production line of Henry Ford look like child’s play, very few of us are aware of the additive manufacturing evolution which is about to make production lines, automated or not, completely redundant.


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The problem we are faced with is traditional thinking, the mindset of the way forward being growth and jobs. To continue down this corporate controlled consumer path, remaining blissfully ignorant of the reality we are faced with, stealing from the future to appease our false wants, will only lead us to a slow grinding self destruction. It is when it becomes accepted that a system has failed that emergent ideas can take hold and be allowed to flourish. The symptoms of failure are prevalent in the world around us and to deny their existence or pontificate about superficial reforms could come at severe cost to our entire species. …


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Cracked earth in the Rann of Kutch by Vinod Panicker CC BY-SA 2.5
Times Square at dawn by Jorge Láscar CC BY 2.0

It has become an almost mainstream view that it is us, the ninety-nine percent, vs. them, the one percent. While on the surface that would very much appear to be the case, if we should be bothered to take a closer look at the situation, it becomes evident that the reality is not so black and white.

Clearly we have an international banking cartel bent on controlling our political system, large global corporations buying their way into the political arena, pulling the strings of our so called elected representatives, treating us like little more than cattle with rapidly diminishing, low paying, unsatisfying jobs, selling us made-to-break garbage with little to no concern for us or our environment. …

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Sean Hurley

Earth is our home, currently the only viable location we have to support complex life. A solitary jewel in a cosmic sea. We need to understand and respect it.

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