political economy

I am an economist who believes that popular understanding of and political power over the economy is crucial to freedom and self-determination of communities. We will be free when people have authority over the conditions which affect their lives, when we have the power to protect our ecosystems and cultures, to engage in meaningful work, to eat delicious and healthy food, and to have the physical and psychological time and space to be creative. To assert power over our economies and lives, we are engaged in social movements.

I am interested in indigenous cosmologies and visions of development, sustainability and permaculture, alterglobalization, participatory democracy, good work, great food, and creativity.

Love & Rage,

                             Amory

May 232014
 
health: the new prison

The prison industrial complex is based on the insight that bodies can be made profitable without their consent. You just need the right regulatory framework. Governments come in handy for corporate schemes. Nutritionists’ longstanding warnings that processed food is unhealthy are beginning to materialize as public health crises. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Food announced this week that “unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco.” The carcinogenic tendencies of agricultural […read the rest]

May 232014
 
of meat and videogames

Both vertical and horizontal integration being tedious, the new business model is getting out of the business of making things and into the business of control. So many people are already good at running little sweatshops and raising cattle, why bother? To capture the profit in the beef industry, you don’t need to actually raise animals. Indeed you don’t even need to sell them. The key is to seize control over killing and chopping up […read the rest]

Apr 172014
 
The Impetus for and Viability of Local Food Systems

This is my second project for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, with whom I’m just thrilled to be working. The piece is co-authored with Nick Rose, as a follow-up and expansion to a piece he wrote to introduce to Australians a policy instrument, the Local Food Act, which has been implemented recently in Ontario Canada. The original article was in The Conversation. Because of its popularity and attraction of a lively debate, we decided to provide more […read the rest]

Mar 302014
 
I want a Lab

LAB lab A Lab for Interventions, Innovations, Iterations to facilitate: Local Food, Objects, and Quality of Life – Artisan Economics and Meaningful Work – Biospheric ecological technologies and institutions. As Robert Pekins of Food Connect said to me “Academics need to get right out of the way. What they’re good at is asking questions. We need fora with practitioners in the audience practitioners doing the speaking, and academics asking the questions.” [freemind]/images/LABlab.mm[/freemind]  

Feb 012014
 
25 ways to spend $25M on a secure future for Goulburn farmers instead of giving it to Coca-Cola Shepparton

Australia’s state government of Victoria has pledged $25 million in subsidy to Coca-Cola/Amatil to keep the SPC/Ardona produce cannery open in Shepparton. The federal government refused to match the funds to meet Coca-Cola’s demands. But even if the factory stay open for another period, with the farmers dependent on short-term contracts from the factory, their farms are insecure and their future precarious. Without domestic production, Australians become dependent on imported produce and global market prices. Here […read the rest]

Aug 052013
 
Local Objects exhibit at Gaffa

exhibit: Local Objects artist: Amory Starr gallery: Gaffa, 281 Clarence Street context: Sydney Design Week 2013 run: 25 July – 5 August. opening: 25 July 6-8pm ______________________________________________________________________________________ Local economic relationships can transform a commodity into a community through sensual, convivial experiences. The Local Objects exhibit evokes these sensations to trigger agency and desire. In the ruins of Wall Street, the Local Food movement has built a US$4.8B economy of integrity in the USA. As part […read the rest]

Jul 082013
 

Gold bugs, income-tax-is-illegalists, illuminati cogniscentis, federal reserve suspicionists … get a bad rap from the left, who rebuke these analyses as “conspiracy theory”. We are part of an under- or de-educated population, who are -thankfully- waking up from an enchanted nap of patriotism to bravely question a country that daily betrays its promises of democracy and egalitarianism. They are teaching themselves economics and history. Those of us with the privilege of education should applaud and […read the rest]

May 262013
 
Lessons of the Local Food Movement at Vivid Sydney

I was invited to speak at Design your Day Job, organized by &Company, part of Vivid Ideas 2013. 25 May 2013 Sydney Australia I’m new to Australia, and since I arrived, I’ve really hoped to become part of something like this event, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be here with you today. Although I imagined we’d all be around a long table and I’d be cooking for you. But this is cool too. My talk today […read the rest]