THE SIMPLER WAY:


WORKING FOR TRANSITION FROM CONSUMER SOCIETY

TO A SIMPLER, MORE COOPERATIVE, JUST AND

ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY. 


                                                                                                Ted Trainer

                                                                                                 11.5.2022



                                                                        SUMMARY OF OUR PERSPECTIVE.


                   1.   THE GLOBAL SITUATION.



Global problems cannot be solved without huge and radical change. The basic cause of the problems is over-consumption -- the grossly unsustainable demand for high material "living standards" in a world of limited resources. We cannot keep up the present levels of production and consumption and resource use for long, and there is no possibility of all the world's people ever rising to these levels. People in rich countries have these high "living standards" only because we are taking much more than our fair share of the available resources and depriving the majority.

But even though present levels of production and consumption are unsustainable this economic system must have constant and endless increase in output, i.e., economic growth. A sustainable world order is not possible unless we move to much less production and consumption, and much less affluent lifestyles within a steady-state economic system.

 Our second major mistake is having a economy which grows and allows market forces al determine our fate. This economy inevitably allocates most of the world's wealth to the few, produces inappropriate development, destroys the environment, and ignores the needs of the majority. What is done must be determined by what humans and ecosystems need, not by what is most profitable in the market.

Underlying these faults is a culture based on competition, individualism, acquisitiveness, wealth and luxury. There must be a value change to much more concern with cooperation, sharing, helping, caring, collective welfare and living more simply.


 Technical advance cannot solve these problems. It cannot make a big enough difference to levels of resource use and ecological impact. It cannot eliminate the need for radical change in our "living standards", values and economy.
Consumer-capitalist society cannot be fixed. Reforms to it will not solve the problems. Its basic structures and systems must be replaced.


We are heading for major global breakdown. Our task is to try to increase the numbers who realise that we must work for transition to some kind of simpler way so that this might emerge as the present system disintegrates.


                             2THE SOLUTION.


We cannot achieve a sustainable and just society unless we change to
 

Simpler lifestyles, much less production and consumption, much less concern with luxury, affluence, possessions and       wealth.

Small, highly self-sufficient local economies, largely independent of the global economy.


More cooperative and participatory ways, enabling people in small communities to take control of their own development.


A new economy, one that has no growth, is not driven by profit or market forces,  produces much less than the present economy, and is provides sufficient for satisfactory lifestyles for all.


Some very different values, especially frugality, self-sufficiency, giving, sharing and cooperating, and the rejection of acquisitiveness and competition.


The Simpler Way is about ensuring a very high quality of life for all without anywhere near as much production, consumption, exporting, investment, resource use, environmental damage, work etc. as there is now.  There are many rich alternative sources of satisfaction other than material acquisition and consuming.  Consider having to go to work for money only two days a week, having much time for arts and crafts and personal growth, living in a supportive community, living in a diverse and productive leisure-rich landscape, having socially worthwhile and enjoyable work with no fear of unemployment...and knowing you are not contributing to global problems. There is no need to sacrifice modern technology to achieve these benefits.


The fate of the planet depends on whether initiatives such as the Transition Towns movement can provide many impressive examples of sustainable, just and pleasant ways helping people in consumer society to determine to join the existing movements towards these better ways.

The main purpose of this website is to provide information which will help people in their efforts to persuade people to join the transition movement.


        The recent e.book detailing this perspective; (394 pp, 2.7 MB.)

https://249897.e-junkie.com/product/1646541/The-Simpler-Way3A-Collected-Writings-of-Ted-Trainer


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                                                               BASIC ISSUE SUMMARIES.


These are analyses of the major global problems, and the Simpler Way alternative.


          THE  SIMPLER  WAY: General perspective.

Summary (3 pages.)
Main account (14 pages.)


        OUR UNSUSTAINABLY AFFLUENT SOCIETY.

Short account (5 pages.) 


        THE LIMITS TO GROWTH.

Summary, (3 pages.)
Main account, (34 pages.)


        THE ENVIRONMENT PROBLEM.

Summary, (4 pages.)


        THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT.

Summary, (4 pages.)
Main account, (22 pages.)


        THE ECONOMY: Major cause of the problems.

Summary. (2 pages.)
Longer summary. (7 pages.)
Main account. (18 pages.)
The New Economy. Main account. (39 pages.)
The New Economy. Shorter account. (12 pages.)

Capitalism: Why We Should Scrap It. (160 page book, 2022.)

        OUR EMPIRE.

Summary, (2 pages.)

Main account, (c. 27 pages.)


        GLOBAL PEACE AND CONFLICT.


Short (6 page account.)


        SOCIAL COHESION and QUALITY OF LIFE.


12 page account.

                   

        THE ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY; THE SIMPLER WAY.

Short account, (4 pages)
Long account, 31 (pages)
The Case for Simplicity.
The way It Could Be. (A report from your neighbourhood in 2030.)
The answer is not eco-socialism --- it is eco-anarchism.


        THE TRANSITION TO THE SIMPLER WAY: Theory and practice.


Summary: Summary
, (1 page.)

Main discussion, (28 pages.)

Ideas on practical things to do.


        PIGFACE POINT

This is an educational site in the Sydney region introducing people to limits to growth and alternative society themes. 
An account of the site.


 A tour of the site in pictures.


About 150 pictures plus notes outlining the ideas we deal with on the approximately 3 hour guided tour. They are in 14 sets of about 7-11 pictures each.


Set 1,Set 2, Set 3Set 4Set 5Set 6, Set 7, Set 8Set 9Set 10 Set 11Set 12Set 13Set 14.


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                                                  ARTICLES ON SUB-TOPICS. 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. The simpler Way.

        (i.e., the  form a sustainable and just society must take.)

        The alternative sustainable and just society; The Simpler Way. Four page summary: heAltSoc4p.html


        The Alternative Sustainable Society; Main account: 31 pagesTHEALTSOCLong.htm


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


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

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

My Delightful Day. Focuses on the Pigface Point "peasant-homesteader" situation, explaining the many things to do each day and the resource-cheap sources of enjoyment. MYDAY.htm


        Housing; The Simpler Way perspective.  Housing.

The egg supply example. Local small scale backyard and 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. EGGS.htm

"Remaking settlements: 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 case for simplicity. SIMPLICITY.htm

        The Simper Way is an Anarchist way.  An explanation of why a sustainable and just society must follow

        anarchist  principles  not socialist principles. The answer is not eco-socialism -- it is eco-anarchism. 


        Impressive examples of alternative projects: 

The Catalan Integral Cooperative, Spain. This is the most impressive example of the general Simpler Way approach that I have found. many cooperatives are being set up to enable people to produce and exchange via systems explicitly designed to eventually 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  become acquainted with Simpler 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 3THEWAY-Prt3.html

                    Part 4.THEWAY-Prt4.html

                    Part 5.THEWAY-Prt5.html


                    Part 6.THEWAY-Prt6.html


ANARCHISM. The Simpler Way involves Anarchist principle

        Anarchism; An introduction. Anarchism.html.

        The Simpler Way is an Anarchist way. The answer is not eco-socialism -- it is eco-anarchism. 


        Anarchism: Connections with The Simpler Way. AnarchismTSW.htm

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 listTSWbenefits.htm


        The case for simplicitySIMPLICITY.htm


BIOGRAPHY.


        Ted Trainer short biogBiog.htm

CAPITALISM.


        Capitalism; A brief critical outlineCapitalism.htm

        CAPITALISM: WHY WE SHOULD SCRAP IT.     CAPITALISM --WHY WE SHOULD SCRAP IT.
        This is a 160 page book explaining the faults in capitalism, where it is taking us, and the alternative we need to get to.

 


CONFLICT.

Global peace and conflict from the perspective of The Simper Way. A short statement of the causal link 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 debtSome notesDebt.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  energy 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

        A short note on the decoupling claim and the three main referencesDecouplingRefs.htm


DEGROWTH.


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

Degrowth: How much is needed? Few people realise how far beyond sustainable levels of resource use and environmental impact we are. This article derives the conclusion that rich world levels of consumption are at lest ten times beyond sustainability, and the situation is getting worse.

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


        Summary; 4 page outline. DEVELOPMENT 4pp.htm

 
        Development; Their way and ours. A 6 page illustration of the huge difference, DevTheirOurWay.htm


        A critique of the conventional development thinking, evident in the work given the 2019 Nobel PrizeNobelPrize.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.ht

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

          Marinaleda: A Spanish cooperative village development.  This example contradicts conventional         

capitalist development.  MARINALEDA.htm


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

THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT; CRITICAL 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

        The reasons why technical advance is not likely to solve global problems. TECHFIXShort.htm,

        For the long version see TECHFIX.htm,

        A statement addressed to the Left, which is inclined to hold the tech-fix faithComradesBewareEcomod.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 above tech-fix items. TechFix PHILLIPScrit.htm


ECONOMIC GROWTH.


        The case against growth. 
   GROWTH.htm


Degrowth: How much is needed? Few people realise how far beyond sustainable levels of resource use and environmental   impact we are. This article derives the conclusion that rich world level of consumption are at lest ten times beyond             sustainability, and the situation is getting worse.

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

                Capitalism: A brief critical introduction. Capitalism.htm   

Capitalism: Why We Should Scrap It. This is a 160 page book explaining the faults in capitalism, where it is                                     taking us, and the alternative we need to get to.

                "Economic rationalism has not failed". EcRatHsNtFaild.htm


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

                        Long version, 39 pages.THENEWECONOMY.htm


                        Shorter version, 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 and just 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 

The short summaries listed above in the Issue Summaries section should be useful for introducing students to the Simple

Way perspective on several important 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.


This article shows how local production can be far less dollar and energy expensive. It compares the agribusiness/industrial/supermarket supply path with backyard and cooperative supply This is a very important element in the argument that only local system are capable of cutting the resource consumption rates right down to sustainable levels. The study found that egg production in backyards and local cooperatives could be around 2% of those associated with the supermarket supply pathEggs.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 Saving the environment: What it will                                                  take:      Summary. 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 growthSavingtheenv.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

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

GLOBALISATION.


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

        A large collection of quotes, evidence, notes, in five parts; (no recent additions.) GLOBALISATION; DOCUMENTS;

        Contents page for documents. DocsGLOBALISATION.Part1.html

GROWTH

         The case against growth. GROWTH.htm


Degrowth: How much is needed? Few people realise how far beyond sustainable levels of resource use and environmental impact we are. This article derives the conclusion that rich world level of consumption are at lest ten times beyond sustainability, and the situation is getting worse.

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 powerful case that most species of animals, especially humans, have a strong disposition to assist each other, cooperate and enjoy social interaction. This contradicts the common assumption that humans are highly competitive, aggressive and selfish. His account of the Medieval village and the guilds details the very different ethos and morality to that prevailing in capitalist society, generating strong social bonds and a sense of brotherhood between all. Kropotkin. html


HOUSING.


        Housing; The Simpler Way 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.) DocsOUREMPIRE.html


INTEREST

        Debt, interest and money. Part 3, of THE ECONOMIC 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 powerful case that most species  of animals, especially humans, have a strong disposition to assist each other, cooperate and enjoy social interaction. This contradicts the common assumption that humans are highly competitive, aggressive and selfish. His account of the Medieval village and the guilds details the very different ethos and morality to that prevailing in capitalist society, generating strong social bonds and a sens of brotherhood between all.  Kropotkin. html

LEFT, THE...

A critique of the Left from The Simpler Way perspectiveLEFTCRIT.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. PHILLIPScrit.htm

The answer is not eco-socialism It is eco-anarchism. The answer is not eco-socialism -- it is eco-anarchism. An explanation of why a satisfactory society must follow anarchist principles not socialist principles.

LIMITS TO GROWTH ANALYSIS, THE ...


        For a short 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
       

Degrowth: How much is needed? Few people realise how far beyond sustainable levels of resource use and environmental impact we are. This article derives the conclusion that rich world level of consumption are at lest ten times beyond  sustainability, and the situation is getting worse.

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

The situation 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 environmental 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                  economiesMONEY.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 alternative 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...a more 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.


        Modern Monetary Theory; An explanation of its nature and significanceMMT.html


MORALITY, THE SUBJECTIVIST VIEW..

A six 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 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

The situation 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: Essential Themes.(2 pages.) EmpireShrt.htm


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


        Our Empire: Collected Documents. (c 80 pages; no recent additions.) DocsOUREMPIRE.html

Why Assange must be severely punished. If people who expose the dreadful things being 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 over-consumption, 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, 1944Polanyi.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. (Sent to Liverpool Council over an issue.) EnvironmentalRecord.htm


        A tour of the site in picturesAbout 150 pictures plus notes outlining the ideas we deal with on the approximately 3 hour guided tour. They are in 14 sets of about 7-11 pictures each.


        Set 1,Set 2, Set 3Set 4Set 5Set 6, Set 7, Set 8Set 9Set 10 Set 11Set 12Set 13Set 14.


RELIGION.


        A short argument 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 enabled by The Simpler Way. This study details                     possible large             savings in resource, area, energy and dollar figures for a typical Sydney suburb                             restructured according to Simpler Way             themes.

        A 13 page 5,700 word version is at Remaking SettementsShorter.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 from settled (in 2022). Note that it only makes up 80% of total energy demand. The following article 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 enewable 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. RE100%ReasonsForDoubt.html

       A list of 84 references doubting the possibility of 100% renewable energy supply.  EnergyyCritiques.htm

            Some other items:

Estimating the retail price of renewable electricity. This article attempts to derive a 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. Several factors considered could make it higher. RetailPrice.htm

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

 


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 simplicity. 11 pages, SIMPLICITY.htm


SOCIAL COHESION and the QUALITY OF LIFE.


         See the summary statement: SOCIALCOHESION.htm


SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

"Social responsibility; The greatest problem 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 technical advance will avoid the need to move to simpler 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 energy 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 aboveECOMODERNISMcrit.htm


A critique of the left's tendency to accept 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 above tech-fix items. TechFix PHILLIPScrit.htm


THE CASE FOR SIMPLICITY


        Argues that living simply enables enrichment of the quality of life, as well as defusing global problems caused by                         over-consumptionSIMPLICITY.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 gainst the claim. DECOUPLING.htm


THE DE-MATERIALISATION MYTH.


        This term is used to refer to the Decoupling claim; for a weighty critique see TECHFIX.htm.

THE LEFT.


         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 account; (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

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


THE 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, etcSpiritual.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?" TRANSITIONLong.ht

        A short account of the Simpler Way perspective on transition, 4 pagesTransitionShort.htm


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

 
         Thoughts on how the movement might be strengthened.  StrengthenTTmovement?.html


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 changeTRANSITIONERS.htm

Thoughts on how the movement might be strengthened.  StrengthenTTmovement?.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 become acquainted with Simpler Way themes. This version should be regarded as a draft to be worked on further. Critical comments enabling improvement would be welcome. THE WAY IT COULD BE.

                    Part 1.THEWAY-Prt1.html

                    Part 2.THEWAY-Prt2.html

                    Part 3THEWAY-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 fromWellDoneGW.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 Simpler Way alternative society. THEWAYReport.htm