Posts Tagged ‘fuel’

People, Energy, Food, Environment: The Crisis of Ideas

May 15, 2008

Environment

People, Energy, Food, Environment: The Crisis of Ideas

     by Noel Chellan

 Historically defined progress encapsulated in quantifiable indicators, the dominant of which is the Gross National Product, has to be debunked in the face of the energy crisis, the food crisis, the environmental crisis, the unemployment crisis, the safety and security crisis and the many other unwarranted crises that seem to overflow from the womb of capitalist development. Actually, the crisis that we are burdened with, is a crisis of ideas, in so far as it is these ideas that define and inform how people, energy, food and the environment intersect with each other.

Noel Chellan is a lecturer at the School of Sociology & Social Sciences.

 

http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/NC14323.aspx

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The Power of Food and Fuel

April 8, 2008
Africa
The Power of Food and Fuel
   by Shafinaaz Hassim
On a recent trip to Malawi the social scientist in me could not help but notice how far advanced the country was in relation to South Africa in terms of power failures, regal fuel prices and ludicrous inflation rates. And, with wry abandonment, I quickly realised the folly of not taking into consideration that we might be following in hot pursuit of such trends.  

 http://iolsresearch.ukzn.ac.za/SHH13816.aspx

Running on empty? God Bless Neo-liberalism

March 13, 2008

Editorial

Running on empty? God Bless Neo-liberalism
            by Shafinaaz Hassim

 

A little over a decade ago, various media voiced the concerns of critics about the state’s decision to adopt neo-liberal policies. While debates have raged throughout this time, dissident voice was, for the most part, hushed as mere skepticism.  

They said it would make us richer.

Now, as we watch our little house of cards slowly tumbling over, one can only wonder about these shortsighted urges to follow so-called global trends.

The evidence is exhausting.