The Consciousness of Sheep series
Tim Watkins provides a detailed and thoroughly researched explanation of the current predicament of Western civilisation; the ways in which the crises are likely to unfold; and the progressive responses that are beginning to emerge. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in economics, the environment, and the future of the human race. The message is stark but ultimately positive – it is time for us to develop a sustainable way of life for all of humanity.
When the Mafia make money they use the same plates, paper and ink as the government. The include the same security features and use the same serial numbers. Even to the most trained eyes this counterfeit currency is physically indistinguishable from the real thing. This being the case, why – exactly – is this Mafia money a crime? Who are its victims? Why should we care? The answers to these questions draw us into the fraud at the heart of our contemporary financial system; a fraud so vast in its scope yet so cleverly disguised that almost all of us treat it as normal while less than one in a million ever sees it. It is the fraud of debt-based money.
Marx was 95 percent correct when he reasoned that one or more of the inputs into production must be paid far less than the value it generates in order to produce profit or “surplus value” at the end. Marx arrived at the blindingly obvious – and entirely wrong – conclusion that this input was labour. What Marx began to see toward the end of his life was that while labour could be exploited, automation meant that something else must be generating surplus value…
We dare not talk about this… Politicians dare not discuss it for fear of causing mass panic… North Sea oil and gas production peaked in 1999. The oil bonanza is over – the oil income spent. Britain is once again an energy importer. Worse still, we are increasingly dependent upon imports from the world’s trouble spots and hostile regimes – Libya, Nigeria, several Gulf States and Russia. Even worse, successive governments have failed to invest in new electricity generation; let alone a switch from petroleum-powered vehicles…
The same message has been trotted out time and again by economists and politicians from all parties: “We must pay off the deb,t” “We have to balance the books,” “We should have fixed the roof when the sun was shining,” “Only by cutting public spending can we hope to return to economic growth.” What if they are wrong? What if austerity causes recession? The early cuts triggered a recession, and economic growth has been anaemic ever since. What if these are the direct consequence of a misguided policy of austerity?
Mental Health publications
If someone close to you has mental health problems, you need to read this book! Most people do nothing when a relative, friend or colleague has mental health problems. The reason is not a lack of care or compassion. it is simply that most of use are frightened of doing or saying the wrong thing. Unfortunately, doing or saying nothing is the wrong thing. It leaves the person you care about felling isolated and unloved. So what will you do? Helping Hands: How to help someone else cope with mental health problems uses an easy to learn, evidence-based 4-stage approach that you can employ to help those that you care about. In addition, Helping Hands introduces you to mental illnesses and the treatments that are available for them, and provides case studies that show you how the symptoms and warning signs manifest in day to day life. Helping Hands also sets out what is meant by wellbeing, and shows you how encouraging the use of self-management techniques will lead to recovery.
Defeat Depression is the latest self-help book from Tim Watkins. It builds upon his earlier Depression Workbook and incorporates information on the new science of willpower. This explains why so many of us fall back into habits of thought and behaviour that exacerbate depression; and what we can do to overcome them. The book offers the reader a comprehensive approach to self-help for depression that actually works.
Defeat Depression is written in plain language, and provides the reader with 80 self-help techniques that can be easily included in a daily routine in order to begin the journey out of depression.
We have been taught to treat stress as an illness – an enemy to be defeated; a disease to be cured. But how do we square this view with the old saying that “a bit of stress is good for you”? How do we reconcile it with the observation that many high achievers seem to thrive on their stress?
It seems that many of the things we have been taught about stress and stress management are wrong. It turns out that negative beliefs about stress are far more damaging than stress itself. Moreover, many of the techniques we have been taught for managing stress provide at best short-term relief rather than a genuine solution.
Life Surfing booklet series:
- No More Panic!
- Depression Workbook: 70 Self-help techniques for recovering from depression
- Distress to De-stress: Understanding and managing stress in everyday life
- Food for Mood: A guide to healthy eating for mental health
- How to Help: A guide to helping someone manage mental distress
- Getting to Sleep: A guide to overcoming stress-related sleep problems
- Depression: A guide to managing and overcoming depression