University degrees designed to train leaders for tomorrow need to be reconceived within the sustainability paradigm to displace the nearly universal ideology of “growthism” – the unreflective assumption that political leadership should always and everywhere devote itself to the prospect of continuously expanded economic growth.
Schematically, Oxford’s prestigious and well respected PPE Degree (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), needs to be transformed in our new context into another kind of PPE Degree (Physics, Philosophy & Ecosystems). Other similar degrees around the world designed for those going into careers of public policy need likewise to move away from their fatuous and juvenile assumptions of continuous and infinite growth toward a more mature and survivable understanding of sustainability within the limits of a finite ecosystem.
Successful leaders should be assessed from this perspective not by how much fossil carbon they propose to extract, consume, burn or release but instead upon the opposite measurement of how much ambient atmospheric carbon can they cause to be fixed and permanently sequestered. This needs now to become the dominant principle for determining the worthiness of effective public leaders in years and decades ahead.
The change of direction that will be required in the transition which our leaders will need to make is presented in summary form in the short film:
Published on May 28, 2014
Professor Noam Chomsky Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), Massachusetts Institute of Technology addressed this question of global significance in a special Durham Castle Lecture on 22nd May.
Published on Aug 3, 2016
Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey has teamed up with TRNN to make a documentary exposing the Koch brothers’ war on climate science and their plan to influence the 2016 elections. Stay tuned for the full documentary next week
Uploaded on Sep 25, 2011
The first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse.
In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.
The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the edge of insolvency. Wall Street turned back the clock to 1929.
But how did it all go so wrong?
Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place.
Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced ‘light touch regulation’ – giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.
All this, and with key players making the wrong financial decisions, saw the world’s biggest financial collapse.
Published on Mar 7, 2013
In 1954, the most powerful men in the world met for the first time under the auspices of the Dutch royal crown and the Rockefeller family at the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek. For an entire weekend, they debated the future of the world. ‘When it was over, they decided to meet once every year to exchange ideas and analyze international affairs. They named themselves the Bilderberg Group. Since then, they have gathered yearly in a luxurious hotel somewhere in the world to try to decide the future of humanity.
Published on Aug 9, 2012
The top one percent of the world financial pyramid is protecting the one percent and they are causing major damage to the 99 percent in the US. The US has been the scene of protests since September 17, when a group of people who have dubbed themselves the 99 percent began rallying in New York’s financial district to protest ‘corporate greed’ and top-level corruption among other instances of social inequality in the United States. US police have used violent methods to disperse or arrest protesters. The movement has now spread to major US cities and other countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.
The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Published on Mar 19, 2015
Columbia University Professor and author of The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, Steve Fraser explains how Neo-Liberalism dominates American life. The collapse of organized resistance to economic power and elites and how we can recreate a spirit of resistance.
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
Published on Jul 23, 2015
Join us for a discussion with Steve Fraser on his book The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power.
A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished.
From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why?
The Age of Acquiescence seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser’s account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today’s delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razor-sharp, The Age of Acquiescence will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.
Published on Jun 8, 2013
Q&A from the U.S. Premiere of Shadows of Liberty hosted by ArgusFest and the Free Press National Conference for Media Reform in Denver on April 4, 2013. Speakers from left to right; Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Amy Goodman, Norman Solomon and Robert McChesney. This event was held at the Mercury Cafe and preceded the National Conference for Media Reform.