AlterNet: A history of the 40 hour working week. Why less is often more. Some evidence to back up the call to spend less, earn less, work less.
The Conversation: Oh the morality - Why ethics matters in economics. "An economic system that rewards amoral self-interest creates economic instability, fractures economic insecurity, fosters concentrations of economic power, exacerbates economic inequality and violates ecological sustainability."
The Inquisitr: Corruption in the USA. Eight states given an "F" and zero receive an "A".
Chomsky: Losing the World: American Decline - Part One and Part Two - The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective.
Liz Jakimow: What does table fellowship have to do with global justice? Quite a lot.
BGS: Kony 1984. There have been plenty of things written about the Kony 2012 viral video. I thought this was one of the more interesting ones, highlighting the way the film relies on the pursuit of peace through war, just like in 1984.
Reuters: Reports of smoking's demise are greatly exaggerated. Reports of smokers' demise are not. While rates of smoking (and associated mortality) in the developed world are in decine, they continue to grow rapidly in the developing world: "if current trends continue, a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century - one person every six seconds."
The (en)rich list. One hundred inspirational people "whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures". Their "net worth" is measured in Google hits, which is perhaps just as arbitrary as counting dollars.
BWAA: The end of greed. A resource for a five week sermon series and/or Bible study that reflects on "consuming as if God, people and the planet matter". I haven't looked in detail at the contents, but I like the outline.
- Consuming as if God matters: Rejecting consumerism, embracing the kingdom
- Consuming as if People matter: Rejecting greed, embracing generosity
- Consuming as if People matter: Rejecting exploitation, embracing justice
- Consuming as if the Planet matters: Rejecting destruction, embracing care
- Consuming as if Animals matter: Rejecting cruelty, embracing kindness