Cupboard Love

A practical motivation which helps to sustain loving relationships. To be too explicit about it is, of course, quickly destructive, but what you get from a relationship doesn’t have to be material. It may be exchanges of social, emotional or intellectual stimulation, an occasional laugh, cheerfulness, encouragement, company, courtesy, good faith, love . . . But material reciprocity helps, and gifts, especially of food, are central to social bonding. In the future, fiercely powerful bonds of friendship and loyalty will be unconditionally necessary. They will be sustained and deepened for many reasons, including material ones.


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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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