Archive for July, 2009

Spiked has published my review of All Consuming by Neal Lawson.

I have submitted the first draft of my book manuscript to my publisher. Now the wait to see how they react. My deadline for the second draft, which should incorporate their comments, is 30 November. Assuming there are no glitches the book is due to be published in June 2010.

This comment from the latest Fund Strategy is fairly technical with its focus on different types of investment funds. However, it does try to bring out the anti-modern character of green thinking. There is a widespread misconception that mainstream investment funds are not ethical. A better way of looking at the question is to examine […]


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26 Jul 2009

The way things are going it looks like it will not be long before virtually everyone is defined as mentally ill. If you think this is an exaggeration you should read this article by Christopher Lane in Slate. He points out that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is seriously considering classifying shopping, among other everyday […]

Given that green thinking represents a reaction against modernity it is not surprising that it appeals to aristocratic types. There are a couple of reminders of this fact in today’s British press. First, an article by Geoffrey Lean in the Telegraph: “For much of the Nineties, three of Britain’s bolshiest environmental pressure groups were led […]

My publisher has finally agreed to “Ferraris for all” as my book title. I worked through about 80 alternative titles but decided to push for that one in the end as it has the enormous advantages of being distinctive and memorable. The sub-title has still to be agreed, let alone acceptance of the manuscript, but […]

More resources for use against the Malthusians (see 7 July post). The new issue of the annual Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development (EJSD) looks at “The Population Bomb Four Decades On”. It includes an editorial by Julian Morris on the persistence of population pessimism and an article by Indur Goklany on how the rise in […]

Apollo sadness

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21 Jul 2009

The 40th anniversary of the first landing on the moon in July 1969 filled me with sadness. It was not my memory of the event itself that saddened me. On the contrary, it was a phenomenal achievement and entirely worthy of celebration. It was that within a few years of the first moon landing the […]

Anyone who wants to listen to last week’s RSA debate on consumerism should click on the link here.

The following review by me appeared in the latest Fund Strategy (20 July). Apart from its branding, Neal Lawson’s All Consuming is virtually indistinguishable from the plethora of books attacking consumerism. It also embodies a similar elitist disdain for the masses. Anyone wanting to buy a book attacking consumerism is faced with an embarrassing range […]