intro’d to Derek .. reading his Elinor Ostrom’s rules for radicals (via library)
2 min – people.. sick of being told how to think.. green party is a manifestation of that
simulated thinking ness
8 min – don’t buy my book.. go and get it from the library.. if going to buy it .. don’t buy it from amazon
Winkfield, Berkshire, UK
Derek Norman Wall is a British politician and member of the Green Party of England and Wales. He is the joint International Coordinator for the Green Party and stood against Prime Minister Theresa May as the Maidenhead Green candidate in the 2017 General Election. Formerly the party’s Principal Speaker, he is known as a prominent ecosocialist, campaigning both for environmentalism and socialism. Alongside his political role, Wall is an academic and a writer, having published on the subject of ecosocialism and the wider Green politics movement. He is a contributor to the Morning Star newspaper and a blogger.
Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements (2005), looks at the history of anti-capitalism, including reformist capitalists (such as Joseph Stiglitz), anti-corporate critics (namely Naomi Klein and David Korten), monetary reformers, eco-socialists(especially Joel Kovel), Marxists, green localists (including Caroline Lucas, Mike Woodin and Vandana Shiva) and anarchists (particularly Michael Hardt and Toni Negri). It includes a foreword by Nándor Tánczos, the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand MP
Nonetheless, Wall envisages as the ultimate aim the rolling back of both the market and the state. To this end, he wishes to “defend, extend and deepen” the commons against enclosure as a way of giving people back their means of production.
1 yr to try commons et al
Wall practices zazen and is influenced by spirituality through “pursuing a pagan appreciation of the living world in a variety of ways”. In Babylon and Beyond, he argues that Zen acts as a guard against utopianism as it “is based on being in the world rather than escaping from it”. He also links anti-capitalism and Zen, stating, based on the work of anthropologist and economist Marshall Sahlins, that “Zen minimises need and provides an alternative road to affluence”