2. ARTICLES: Alphabetical list.


These are analyses from a radically critical Simpler Way perspective on limits to growth, the economy, Third World, the environment, and the alternative society, etc.

Several of these documents overlap, and different versions of the same account (e.g., short and long) are sometimes given for use with different audiences.  Select the version that suits your purposes.
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AFFLUENT SOCIETY

 Our Unsustainable Affluent Society; Outline of the ways consumer society uses and wastes resources.  ( 5 pages.) Affluence.htm

AGRICULTURE

Agriculture; Conventional vs Alternative; a three page contrast between the two approaches. AGRICULTURE.htm

ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY. (i.e., the  form a sustainable society must take.)

Summary: The alternative sustainable and just society; The Simpler Way. TheAltSoc4p.html

Main account: The Alternative Sustainable Society; 28 pages. THEALTSOCLong.html

Your Delightful Day. How you could spend atypical day in a Simpler Way alternative society. YOURDAY.htm

My Delightful Day. Similar to "Your day..." but focuses on my peasant-homsteader situation, explaining the many things to do each day and the resource-cheap sources of enjoyment. MYDAY.htm

Housing; The SimplerWay perspective. See Housing.htm

The (far better) Alternative Way; The Egg Example. A 3 page statement of essentia themls, using Mollison's egg production illustraion. TheAltEggs.htm

 THE WAY IT COULD BE. This is a c. 250 page “novel” describing the experiences of a person who visits a fictional settlement that has adopted Simpler Way principles. (It is in 6 half-day parts. ) Some people might find this to be a more useful form in which to digrest Simpoer Way themes. This version should be regarded as a draft to be worked on further. Critical comments enabling improvement would be welcome.

Part 1.THEWAY-Prt1.html

Part 2.THEWAY-Prt2.html

Part 3. THEWAY-Prt3.html

Part 4.THEWAY-Prt4.html

Part 5. THEWAY-Prt5.html

Part 6.THEWAY-Prt6.html

"Remaking settements: The potential cost reductions from The Simpler Way." (52 pages.) Details possible large savings in resource, area, energy and dollar figures for a typical Sydney suburb. (RemakingSettlements.htm.) A c. 5 page summary is at RemakingSettlementsShort.htm.
 
The benefits of The Simpler Way. Two pages.
TSWbenefits.htm

Ther case for simplicity. SIMPLICITY.htm

ANARCHISM.

Anarchism. An Introduction.

Anarchism: Connections with The Simpler Way. AnarchismTSW.htm

The Spanish Anarchist Collectives. The remarkable achievements of the workers collectives during the Spanish Civil War; indicating how ordinary people can organise and run local economies without the state or bureaucracy. Spanish.html

ANZAC DAY.

"Why ANZAC Day is so disturbing" A commentary on the failure to think carefully about the causes of war. ANZACDAY.htm

BENEFITS OF THE SIMPLER WAY.

A two page list. TSWbenefits.htm

BIOGRAPHY.

Ted Trainer short biog; Biog.htm

CAPITALISM

Capitalism; A Brief Critical Outline. Capitalism.htm

CARTOONS

Twenty one cartoons plus commentary, putting a critical perspective on several core themes to do with the economy and Third World development. (In their present form several of these are 8 - 10 MB.). CARTOONStext.htm

CONFLICT.

GLOBAL PEACE AND CONFLICT; From the Perspective of The Simpler Way. A short statement of the connections between overconsumption, global economic injustice, and inevitable and worsening global conflict. PEACE.html

CRIME.

A note on crime from the Simpler Way perspective. Crime.html

DEBT.

Debt, Interest and Money.  Outline of some basic themes. (3 pages.)

The history of debt: Some notes. Debt.history.htm

DECOUPLING: The issue and evidence.

The "decoupling" claim is that technical advance can allow GDP to grow without comparable increase in materials and dnergy use. It is the core assumption in the "tech-fix" faith. (The full critiqueof this position is under Tech-fix below; material overlaps.) This document reports the weighty evidence against the claim. DECOUPLING.htm

DEVELOPMENT (...of the Third World.) The Simpler Way critical perspective.

Summary; 5 pages. DEVELOPMENT 4pp.htm

Development; Their way and ours.” A 6 page illustration of the huge difference, using Mollison’s example of “industrial” vs sensible egg production.(Similar to the 5 page account above.) DevEggs.htm

Third World Development.Main account; 22 pages. DEV.LONG.htm

Impressive examples of "development" along Simpler Way lines.

The Chikukwa Project: Local Permaculture-based alternative development in Zimbabwe.”  An account of an impressive alternative development initiative. CHIKUKWA.htm

The Catalan Integral Cooperatives …The Simpler Way revolution is well underway!” A short account of the inspiring alternative development being undertaken in Spain. Alts.CatalanCooperatives.htm

Marinaleda: A Spanish cooperative village development.  This example contradicts conventional capitalist “development”.  MARINALEDA.htm

THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS;   Large collection of extracts. Extensive evidence for the critical position. Contents page. ThirdWorldDOCS.html

EARTH-BUILT HOUSING

Cheap, earth-built housing.  (Material for this section is being developed, but a relevant discussion is at Housing; The Simpler Way perspective, Housing.htm.)

ECOMODERNISM.

Ecomodernism is an enthusiastic tech-fix position. For a lengthy (21pp) critical rejection of it see ECOMODERNISMcrit.htm

For a more comprehensive critique of the tech-fix faith see Short account; 5 pages. TECHFIXShort.htm, Long version, 13 pages. TECHFIX.htm, and otrher items at Tech-Fix Belief below.

A statement addressed to the Left, which is inclined to hold the tech-fix faith. ComradesBewareEcomod.htm.

A critique of Leigh Phillips book Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts (2015). (12 pages.) The book is a strong argument from the left against the limits to growth view and for enthusiastic pursuit of growth, affluence and consumerism, on the assumption that technical advance can solve resource and ecological problems. This critique repeats material from the aove tech-fix items. TechFix PHILLIPScrit.htm

ECONOMIC GROWTH.

 The case against growth. GROWTH.htm

ECONOMIC SYSTEM 

Critical accounts of different length; make the same general critique.

 Summary; 2 pages. EC.Sy.2p.htm

"The economy; A critical summary." (7 pages).  This is brief statement of The Simpler Way perspective on the economy. Economy7p.htm

 THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM; A RADICAL CRITIQUE (47 pages.) This is the detailed discussion, in four sections,:

1. The Case Against Growth. GROWTH.htm

2. The Case Against the Market. MARKET.htm See also notes on Polanyi Polanyi.htm and Tawney ... (in "Religion and

the emergence of the market dominated society." Religion&market.htm

3. Money, interest, debt .MONEY.htm

4. Economic theory. EC-SY-Theory.htm

See also overlapping content in,

The "Decoupling" myth, i.e., that growth can continue because technical advance will solve the problems, DECOUPING.htm, and in TECHFIX.htm

Capitalism; A brief critical introduction. Capitalism.htm         

"Economic rationalism has not failed." EcRatHsNtFaild.htm

THE NEW ECONOMY...for a Simpler Way society. This is a c. 35 page outline. NEWECONOMY.html

EDUCATION

         “EDUCATION;  OUTLINE OF A RADICALLY CRITICAL VIEW.” EDUCATION.Radview.htm

“EDUCATION; HOW SHOULD WE CONCEIVE IT?” EDUCATION.idealview.htm

“ EDUCATION IN THE ALTERNATIVE, SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY ”EDUCATIONinthealt.htm

Implications for “personal development” are also discussed in “The Spiritual Significance of The Simpler Way.” Spiritual.htm
 

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR USE IN SCHOOLS ETC.

The following items are specially intended for use by teachers wishing to present The Simpler  Way’s perspective to students.

 See the short summaries listed above in Issue Summaries section.

Pedro’s Development.  A role reading making clear the unsatisfactory nature of the conventional approach to development, useful at High School level, and probably at Primary. PedroDev.htm

CARTOONS. Several cartoons plus commentary, putting the critical perspective on core themes in Third World development. See list above, under Cartoons.

EMPIRE. (...i.e., the empire which delivers high living standards to rich countries.)

Our Empire; Essential Themes:  2 page summary. EmpireShrt.htm

Our Empire; Its Nature and Maintenance.Main account, c 23 pages. OUREMPIRE.htm

Our Empire; Collected Documents. (c 80 pages.)

ENERGY

See Renewable Energy, below.

ENVIRONMENT.

The environment problem; A summary. 4 page overview from Issue Summaries. Theenvprob.htm

Saving the environment; What it will take." An 8 page summary of the argument that environmental problems cannot be solved within a society focused on affluent lifestyles and economic growth. Savingtheenv.htm

GLOBAL PEACE AND CONFLICT.

A short statement of the connections between overconsumption, global economic injustice, and inevitable and worsening global conflict. PEACE.htm

GLOBAL PEACE AND CONFLICT; Collected Documents. Quotes relating to the above themes.

GLOBALISATION.

Globalisation: A Summary.c.10 page overview. Globalisation.htm

GLOBALISATION; DOCUMENTS; Large collection of quotes, evidence, notes, in five parts. .  Contents page DocsGLOBALISATION.Part1.html

GROWTH

The case against growth. GROWTH.htm

HUMAN NATURE.

Notes arguing that there is nothing in our "nature" that prevents us from developing a satisfactory society. HumanNature.htm

HOUSING.

Housing; The SimplerWay perspective. Housing.htm

IMPERIALISM

Accounts of the empire which delivers high living standards to rich countries.

Our Empire; Essential Themes (2 pages) EmpireShrt.htm

Our Empire; Its Nature and Maintenance.(c 23 pages.) OUREMPIRE.htm

Our Empire; Collected Documents. (c 80 pages.)

INEQUALITY

Documentary evidence on degree of inequality in society, and accelerating increases, see Economics: Collected Documents; Section 10. DOCS.ECONOMICS.htm

INTEREST

Debt, interest and money. Part 3, of THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM; A RADICAL CRITIQUE (47 pages.) MONEY.htm

IPPC  (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.)

The first two articles are critical of the IPCCs analyses of the potential of renewable energy; they are not critical of the IPCC conclusions on climate change.

"A critique of the 2011 IPCC report on renewable energy", Trainer, T, (2012), Energy and Environment, 23, 5, 849 – 855. IPCCRE.htm

A critical analysis of the 2014 IPCC Report on capital cost of mitigation and of renewable energy.” 2015. (20 pp.) IPCC2014crit.htm

A critical discussion of the IPCCs analysis of the potential for mitigating CO2 emissions is given in The Garnaut, IPCC and Stern Reports: Flawed energy analysis underlying mitigation optimism. This is a 15 page radical critique, arguing that the three highly influential reports all fail to consider the reasons why renewable energy sources cannot replace fossil fuels. (Dated issue now.) IPCCRE.htm

LEFT, THE…

A critique of the Left from The Simpler Way perspective. LEFTCRIT.htm

A more recent critique (mid 2016) focused on the Left's tendency to ignore limits to growth issues, and to adopt the tech-fix faith, is at Leftecomod.htm.

A critique of Leigh Phillips book Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts (2015). (12 pages.) The book is a strong argument from the left against the limits to growth view and for enthusiastic pursuit of growth, affluence and consumerism, on the assumption that technical advance can solve resource and ecological problems. It repeats material from the above tech-fix items. TechFix PHILLIPScrit.htm


LIMITS TO GROWTH ANALYSIS, THE

For a shorter introduction see the first seven pages of The Simpler Way; Main account. TSWmain.htm.


 The Limits to Growth, The basic Simpler Way account. (c 30 pages.)
LIMITS.htm

For a critical discussion of the "technical fix" argument against the limits case, see TECHFIX.htm (The "technical-fix" view is that dramatatic change from obsession with affluence and growth will not be needed because better technology can solve the problems.)

For a critical discussion of the 2015 CSIRO paper in Nature claiming that growth and affluence for Australia can continue at least to 2050 while envirohmental and resource problems are significantly improved, see CSIROcrit.htm.

LOCAL CURRENCIES

Money creation, banking and local currencies, including how local currencies can be used to help build alternative economies. MONEY.htm

How a local currency might help Greece. GreeceNewCurrency.htm.

LOVINS, Amory

Lovins detils a case for the power of technical advance to solve the big problems, e.g., in Natural Capitalism see "Natural capitalism cannot overcome resource limits". The book Reinventing Fire is a more recent statement. For a critique of it see, LovinsReinventing.htm

MARINALEDA.

Spanish cooperative village development, contradicting conventional “development”.  MARINALEDA.htm

MARKET FORCES, MARKET SYSTEM.


 The Case against the market. 
MARKET.htm

See also Notes on Karl Polanyi's book, The Great Transformation, for a critique of the market. Polanyi.html

MARX.


 A brief outline of Marxist Theory
. (3 pages ) Marx.3pp.htm

Marxist Theory...amore detailed (22 page) account. Marx.htm

 "Why Marx matters", WhyMarx.htm
 

MONEY.

Money, banking, debt and local currencies. MONEY.htm

How a local currency might help Greece. GreeceNewCurrency.htm.

MORALITY, THE SUBJECTIVIST VIEW.

 A 6 page summary of the Subjectivist perspective on morality; i.e., contradicting the very common assumption that there are objective moral "facts" and entities (such as rights), and explaining that morality can be analysed solely in terms of human wishes, preferences and created rules. Morality.htm

OUR EMPIRE (...i.e., the empire which delivers high living standards to rich countries.)

Our Empire; Essential Themes:  2 page summary. EmpireShrt.htm

Our Empire; Its Nature and Maintenance.Main account, c 23 pages. OUREMPIRE.htm

Our Empire; Collected Documents. (c 80 pages.) Docs.OUREMPIRE.htm

PEACE AND CONFLICT.

A short statement of the connections between overconsumption, global economic injustice, and inevitable and worsening global conflict. PEACE.htm

GLOBAL PEACE AND CONFLICT; Collected Documents. Quotes relating to the above themes. DocsPEACE.htm

"Why ANZAC Day is so disturbing" A commentary on the failure to think carefully about the causes of war. Includes most of the themes in the "If you want affluence..." paper above. ANZACDAY.htm

PEDRO'S DEVELOPMENT.

This is a role play reading, putting the critical perspective on Third World Development, in18 scenes.  Suitable for High School and Tertiary students.PEDRO.htm

POLANYI, Karl

Notes on Polanyi's influential book The Great Transformation, 1944. Polanyi.html

PIGFACE POINT

Pigface Point is a homestead site 20 km from central Sydney, being developed to introduce people to Simpler Way themes.

An outline of the site's focus is at Pigface Point.html

OBSTRUCTION.htm

EnvironmentalRecord.htm

QUALITY OF LIFE.


See within SOCIAL COHESION, SOCIAL BREAKDOWN, below.

RELIGION

A 1+ page afgument against religious thinking. ReligionQuicklySorted.htm

RELIGION AND THE MARKET SYSTEM.

Notes on the significance of religion for the emergence of the market system; Religion&market.htm See also notes on Polanyi. Polanyi.htm

REMAKING SETTLEMENTS: THE POTENTIAL COST REDUCTIONS FROM THE SIMPER WAY.

This study details possible large savings in resource, area, energy and dollar figures for a typical Sydney suburb restructured according to SimplerWay themes. (55 pages.) RemakingSettlements.htm.

A 17 page, 5000 word, version is at Remaking SettementsMidLength.htm

A c. 5 page summary is at RemakingSettlementsShort.htm.

A list of equipment and tools assumed for the derivation is at RemakingSettlementsToolInventory.htm.

RENEWABLE ENERGY 

The main item is,

Can renewable energy meet total Australian energy demand; A disaggregated approach. (16.6.2016) This attempt to assess the total 2050 demand and supply situation indicates that the amount of plant needed would be unaffordable. CANREM.html

A 5 page summary of the case that energy-intensive societies cannot run on renewable energy. REcan5p.html

Other items:

Estimating the retail price of renewable electricity. This article attemnpts to derive a retail price from the production cost of totally renewable electricity supply arrived at by Lenzen et al. 2016. The uncertain figure arrived at was in the region of 68c/kWh or higher. Several factors considered could make it higher. RetailPrice.htm

The overlooked significance of the EROI for renewable energy supply systems. REsystemEROI.html

The limits to solar thermal electricity. ...a c. 35 page analysis, March 2011. SolarThermal.htm

Critical comments on Zero Carbon Australia,” M. Wright and G. Hearps, Melbourne Energy Institute, 2020. This report argued that Australia could be converted to run entirely on renewable energy by 2020. The critical 5 page commentary argues that the report is a valuable contribution to the discussion but its assumptions are highly challengeable and its conclusion is not valid. ZCAcrit.htm

Critical comments on Energy (R)evolution; A Sustainable Australian Energy Outlook.    By Greenpeace, 2008. GreenpeaceCrit.htm, GREENPEACE.crit.8.8.11.docx

RESOURCES.

Theory and evidence on resource availability/scarcity; see within The Limits To Growth. LIMITS.htm

"SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT; WHAT IT WILL TAKE."

This is the main argument, in 7 pages. Savingtheenv.htm

SIMPLICITY.

The case for simpliity. 11 pages, 150 kb.SIMPLICITY.htm

SOCIAL COHESION, SOCIAL BREAKDOWN.

See the summary statement: SOCIALCOHESION.htm

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

"Social reaponsibility; The greatest roblem of all?" A discussion of the failure to attend to the alarming global situation, attempting to understand the phenomenon and its causes, ending with thoughts on what might be done. SocialResponsibility.htm

SPANISH ANARCHIST WORKERS' COLLECTIVES.

A short account of the remarkable self government of large regions in Spain, by ordinary working people, during the 1930s, showing how participatory democracy can run economies. Spanish.htm

SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SIMPLER WAY.

A 17 page discussion of ways in which The Simpler Way would have benefits for our morale, world view, sensitivity, personal development, etc. Spiritual.htm

SUBSISTENCE

A note on the meaning of the (much misunderstood) term, explaining the sense in which The Simpler Way is a subsistence economy. Subsistence.htm

TECHNICAL-FIX BELIEF.

A critique of the faith that technical advance will avoid the need to move to simpler ways.

Short account; 5 pages. TECHFIXShort.htm

Long version, 13 pages. TECHFIX.htm

Decoupling; The claim and the evidence. The "decoupling" claim is that technical advance can allow GDP to grow without comparable increase in materials and dnergy use. It is the core assumption in the "tech-fix" faith. (The full critiqueof this position is under Tech-fix below; material overlaps.) This document reports the weighty evidence against the claim. DECOUPLING.htm

A critique of Ecomodernism, which is an enthusiastic tech-fix claim. This is a lengthy (21pp) rejection of the general Ecomodernist argument/claim. Repeats material in tech-fix above. ECOMODERNISMcrit.htm

A critique of the left's tendency to acept the tech-fix view. (Repeats points made in the 13 page general tech-fix version above, .) LEFTECOMODERNISMcrit.htm

A shorter version of the above discussion, warning the Left against Ecomodernism is at ComradesBewareEcomod.htm.

A critique of Leigh Phillips book Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts (2015). (12 pages.) The book is a strong argument from the left against the limits to growth view and for enthusiastic pursuit of growth, affluence and consumerism, on the assumption that technical advance can solve resource and ecological problems. It repeats material from the aove tech-fix items. TechFix PHILLIPScrit.htm

THE CASE FOR SIMPLICITY

Argues that living simply eables enrichment of the quality of life, as well as defusing global proboems cvaused by overconsumption. SIMPLICITY.htm

THE DE-COUPLING MYTH.

It is commonly assumed that economic growth can be "decoupled" from resource and ecological impacts, i.e., growth can go on while technical advance reduces the impacts to acceptable levels. This document reports the weighty evidence against the claim. DECOUPLING.htm

THE DE-MATERIALISATION MYTH.

Discussed within the critique of the Technical-fix belief. TECHFIX.htm.

THE LEFT.

 A critique of the Left from The Simpler Way perspective. LEFTCRIT.htm

THE LIMITS TO GROWTH.

 The Limits to Growth; A Summary. (2 pages.) LIMITS.3p.htm

 The Limits to Growth, the basic The Simpler Way account; outline. (About 30 pages.) LIMITS.htm

 THE LIMITS TO GROWTH; DOCUMENTS. Collection of evidence, quotes etc. DocsLIMITS.htm

THE NATURE OF MORALITY.

A 6 page summary of the Subjectivist perspective on morality; i.e., contradicting the very common assumption that there are objective moral "facts" and entities (such as rights), and explaining that morality can be analysed solely in terms of human wishes, preferences and created rules. Morality.htm

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THE PROBLEM OF AFFLUENCE (6 page article.)
Affluence.htm

THE QUALITY OF LIFE.


  The quality of life is falling; see within Social Cohesion,
SOCIALCOHESION.htm.

THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANE OF THE SIMPLER WAY.

A 17 page discussion of ways in which The Simpler Way would have benefits for our morale, world view, sensitivity, personal development, etc. Spiritual.htm

 THE THIRD WORLD.

            See under DEVELOPMENT above.

THE TRANSITION (to a sustainable society.)

"How might we make the transition to the Simpler Way?" TRANSITION.htm

For a critical discussion of the contribution of the Transition Towns Movement see TRANSITIONERS.htm

THE TRANSITION TOWNS MOVEMENT.

Transition Townspeople, We Need To Think About Transition.(Just Doing Stuff Is Far From Enough!)”  This is a (friendly) critique of the Transition Town Movement; it is what is urgently needed, but is far from satisfactory and not likely to achieve much without significant change. TRANSITIONERS.htm

THE WAY IT COULD BE.

A presentation of The Simpler Way in the form of a "novel" -- a 220 page fictional account of a journalist's three day visit to a town that practises The Simpler Way. It is an attempt to present the vision detailed at this site, in the form of a story.

Part 1.THEWAY-Prt1.html

Part 2.THEWAY-Prt2.html

Part 3. THEWAY-Prt3.html

Part 4.THEWAY-Prt4.html

Part 5.THEWAY-Prt5.html

Part 6.THEWAY-Prt6.htmL

 

WAR.

            See items under PEACE AND CONFLICT above.

WELL DONE GW.

A short article arguing that G. W. Bush has achieved much that people in rich countries should be grateful for...i.e., he has secured the empire they benefit from. WellDoneGW.html

"WHY MARX MATTERS"

WhyMarx.html

YOUR DELIGHTFUL DAY.

Your Delightful Day.” How you could spend a typical day in a Simper Way alternative society. YOURDAY.htm

ZERO CARBON AUSTRALIA.

Critical comments on Zero Carbon Australia, M. Wright and G. Hearps, Melbourne Energy Institute, 2020. This report argued that Australia could be converted to run entirely on renewable energy by 2020. The critical 5 page commentary argues that the report is a valuable contribution to the discussion but its assumptions are highly challengeable and its conclusion is not valid. ZCAcrit.htm