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 Alterative...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; 31 pages. THEALTSOCLong.htm

The Way It Could Be. (A report from your neighbourhood in 2030.) THEWAYReport.htm

A two page list of benefits of The Simpler Way. TSWbenefits.2p.htm

A longer explanation of benefits, TSWbenefits.11p.htm

My Delightful Day. 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 Simpler Way perspective. See Housing.htm

The Egg Supply Example. Local small scale co-op production of eggs can be 1/100 the energy and dollar cost of the industrial/supermarket way ...a good illustration of how localism can cut resource costs dramaticlly. 3page summary of study... EGGS.htm

 

"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 egg supply illustration of how local production can be far les dollar and energy expensive. Eggs.html
 

Ther case for simplicity. SIMPLICITY.htm

Impressive examplesof alternative projects:

The Catalan Integral Cooperative, Spain. This is the most impressive example of the general Simpler Way approach that I have found. maany cooperatives are being set up to enable people to produce and exchange via systems explicitly designed to eventgually eliminate dependence on capitalism and the state. CATALAN.html

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Missouri DancingRabbit.html

The town of Marinaleda, Spain. MARINALEDA.htm

Kurdish Rojava. ROJAVA.html

 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

ANARCHISM.

Anarchism. An Introduction.

Anarchism: Connections with The Simpler Way. AnarchismTSW.htm

An account of 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

The case for simplicity. SIMPLICITY.htm

BIOGRAPHY.

Ted Trainer short biog; Biog.htm

CAPITALISm

Capitalism; A brief critical outline. Capitalism.htm

CONFLICT.

Global peace and conflict; From the perspective of The Simper 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. There is a huge amount of evidence against the decoupling claim. The full critique of the Tech-fix claim is in Tech-fix below, including the evidence on decoupling. TECHFIX.htm

DEGROWTH.

A friendly criticism of the degrowtn movement; 2020. DegrowthCrit.html

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

Summary; 5 pages. DEVELOPMENT 4pp.htm

Third World Development. Main, long, account; 22 pages. THIRDWORLDDEVLong.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.) DevTheirOurWay.htm

A critique of the conventiona develooment thinking, evident in the work given the 2019 Nobel Prize. NobelPrize.html

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

The 2019 Nobel Prize for economics emonstrates the mistaken nature of conventional development econoics. NobelPrize.html

THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENTS;   Large collection of extracts. Extensive evidence for the critical position. However these have not been added to in recent years. 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 the short account TECHFIXShort.htm, For the longversion see TECHFIX.htm,

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, putting the same general critique..

Summary, 2 pages. EC.Sy.2p.htm

The Economy; A critical summary, 7 pages). Economy7p.htm

The Economic System; Why It Must Be Scraped. This is the main/long accunt,18 pages.ECONOMICSYcrit.html

See also overlapping content in.

The case against growth, GROWTH.htm

The case against the market. MARKET.htm

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

On Polanyi's discussion of the market, Polanyi.htm

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

Capitlism: A brief critical introduction. Capitalism.htm       

"Economic rationalism has not failed" ." EcRatHsNtFaild.htm

The New Economy, ...for a Simpler Way society.

Long version, 39 pages.THENEWECONOMY.htm

Shorter vrsionm, 12 pages. THENEWECONOMYShorter.htm

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.ht

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

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR USE IN SCHOOLS


 The short summaries listed above in the Issue Summaries section should be useful for introducing students to the Simpler Way perspecive on several imoortant global issues..

Pedro's Development is 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

EGGS.

The egg supply illustration of how local production can be far les dollar and energy expensive. This is a very important element in the argument that only local system are capable of cutting the resource consumption rates right down to sustainabl levels. The study found that egg production in backyards and localcooperatives could be around 2% of those associated with the supermarket supply path. Eggs.html

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 Manitenance. Main account. c 23 pages. OUREMPIRE.htm

Our Empire; Collected Documents. These have not been added to for several years but contain much material illustrating the nature of the empire. (c 80 pages.)

ENERGY

See Renewable Energy, below.

ENVIRONMENT.

The environment problem; A summary. 4 page overview from Issue Swhat it will take."ummaries. 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

FEMINISM.

Some connections between The Simpler Way and "Eco-Feminism". FeminismTSW.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

Notes and comments on Kropotkin's remarkable book Mutual Aid, published around 1900, putting a powewerful case that most species of animals, especially humans, have a strong disposition to assisst each other, cooperate and enjoy social interaction. This contradicts the common assumption that humans are highly competitive, aggressive and selfish. His account of the Medieaval village and the guilds details the very different ethos and morality to that prevailingin capitalist socirty, generating strongt social bonds and a sensre of brotherhood between all. Kropotkin. html

HOUSING.

Housing; The SimplerWay perspective. Housing.htm

IMPERIALISM

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

Our Empire: Essental Themes.(2 pages) EmpireShrt.htm

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

Our Empire: Collected Documents. (c 80 pages.) DocsOUREMPIRE.html

INEQUALITY

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

INTEREST

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

KROPOTKIN

Notes and comments on Kropotkin's remarkable book Mutual Aid, published around 1900, putting a powewerful case that most species of animals, especially humans, have a strong disposition to assisst each other, cooperate and enjoy social interaction. This contradicts the common assumption that humans are highly competitive, aggressive and selfish. His account of the Medieaval village and the guilds details the very different ethos and morality to that prevailingin capitalist socirty, generating strongt social bonds and a sensre of brotherhood between all. Kropotkin. html

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.)

The sitution re oil supply is disturbing, and not recognised by the mainstream. Our access to oil is likely to be seriously disrupted within a decade. (13 pages.) OilSituation.htm

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, bcanking and local curencies including how local currencies can be used to help build alternative economies. MONEY.htm

A similar, overlapping discussion focused on the failure of most local currencies to adopt the right form. (5 pp.) LocalCurrencies.html

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

MARINALEDA.

Spanish cooperative village development, contradicting conventional “development”.. A good example of radically alernative development.  MARINALEDA.htm

MARKET FORCES, MARKET SYSTEM.

The case agaist 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...a more detailed (22 page) account. Marx.htm

"Why Marx matters." WhyMarx.htm
 

MONEY.

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

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

Modern Monetary Threory; An explanation of its nature and significance. MMT.html

MORALITY, THE SUBJECTIVIST VIEW..

A six page sumary 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 and should be analysed solely in terms of human wishes preferences and created rules. Morality.htm

NUCLER ENERGY.

A short list of reasons for not adopting nuclear energy. NE.htm

OIL SITUATION.

The sitution re oil supply is disturbing, and not recognised by the mainstream. Our access to oil is likely to be seriously disrupted within a decade. OilSituation.htm

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

Our Empire: Essental Themes.(2 pages) EmpireShrt.htm

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

Our Empire: Collected Documents. (c 80 pages.) DocsOUREMPIRE.html

Why Assange must be severely punished. If people who expose the dreadful thingsbeing done to secure our empire are allowed to get away with it, our access to most of the world's resources will threatened..Assange.html

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.. (These have not been added to for several years.) DocsPEACE.htm

"Why ANZAC Day is so disturbing." A commentary on the failure to think carefully about the causes of war. . 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 Transition, 1944. Polanyi.html

PIGFACE POINT

Pigface Point is a bush 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

Council obstruction of Pigface Point OBSTRUCTION.htm

Pigface Point record of environmental activity. EnvironmentalRecord.htm

QUALITY OF LIFE.

SOCIAL COHESION, SOCIAL BREAKDOWN,

See SOCIALCOHESION.htm.

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 l See also notes onn 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.

A 13 page 5,700 word version, recommended, is at Remaking SettementsShorter.htm

The detailed version (...not recommended, too long...55 pages.) RemakingSettlementsLong.htm.

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

RENEWABLE ENERGY.

The question of whether renewables can meet 100% of Australian electricity demand is far fron settled (in 2021). Note that it only makes up 80% of total energy demand. The following artricle attempts to assess the total 2050 demand and supply situation indicates that the amount of plant needed would be unaffordable. (This is not an argument against transition to renewables; they could run a Simpler Way society.)

Can renewable energy meet total Australian energy demand; A disaggregated approach. (16.6.2016) CANREM.html

A 5 page summary of the reasons for thinking 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

RESOURCES.

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

"SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT; WHAT IT WILL TAKE."

A 7 page summary. Savingtheenv.htm

SIMPLICITY.

The case for simpliity. 11 pages, SIMPLICITY.htm

SOCIAL COHESION and the QUALITY OF LIFE.

See the summary statement: SOCIALCOHESION.htm

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

"Social responsibility; 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 WORKER'S COOPERATIVES.

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 tedhnial advance wil avoid the eed to move to simpoer lifestyles and systems.

Short account TECHFIXShort.htm

Longer 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. 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.

This term is used to refer to the Decouling claim; for a weighty critique see 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 Simpler Way accout; (about 30 pages) LIMITS.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

THE PROBLEM OF AFFLUENCE.

Six page indication; Affluence.htm

 

THE QUALITY OF LIFE.social Cohesion.

The quality of life is falling; see within 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 and just world.).

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

A short acount of the Simpler Way perspective on transition, 4 pages, TransitionShort.html

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 who vists a town that has shifted to sinpoer ways. This is a rough draft, to be smoothed up someday.

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

 

TRANSITION: Theory and practice.

A long discussion of transition theory, ideas, mistaken approaches, what is likely to happen and argument for the Simpler Way view. (31 pages.) TRANSITIONLong.html

A shorter discussion of transition theory. (16 pages.) TRANSITIONShorter.html

 

 

Ideas about practical things to do. TRANSthingstodo.html

WAR AND PEACE.

 

            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.” This is a report from your suburb in 2030., showing how you could spend a typical day after transition to a Simper Way alternative society. THEWAYReport.htm