By Brian Czech Editor’s Note: The forthcoming A Future Beyond Growth (Routledge, 2016), edited by Haydn Washington and Paul Twomey, explores the vision and process for moving toward a steady state economy. This edited volume stemmed from the Australian Academy of Science’s 2014 Fenner Conference on the Environment. Haydn is the co-director of the New South Wales chapter […]
By Brian Czech (With apologies to the Octomom, who didn’t ask for this kind of attention.) Mention the Octomom, and the first thing that comes to mind is that ridiculous fecundity. If she tried running for President, she’d never make it to the first debate, because everyone would take the 14-kid factoid (yes, she had 6 before […]
by Brian Czech Myth #1. It’s economic. To be economic, something has to be worth more than it costs. Economic activity, per se, is more beneficial than detrimental. Technically speaking, “marginal utility is greater than marginal disutility.” If you liked a rug, but liked your grandkids more, it wouldn’t be smart to grab the rug […]
Brian explains how GDP growth will eventually stop tracking with environmental damage–but the reasons may not be what you’d expect!
by Brian Czech Whether or not you like President Obama or his policy preferences, you have to acknowledge his consistency. Even those with “zero regard” for the president confess, “At least Obama is consistent.” But not consistently. There is one issue, at least, on which he hasn’t held still, moving in and out like an […]
A drop in fuel prices may seem great now, but what happens after the party is over?
Has economic growth become the inconvenient truth for animal welfare?
Brian Czech responds to Paul Krugman’s shockingly weak column, which argues against the limits to growth with the example of slow steaming.
Brian Czech discusses a theological basis for a steady state economy.
The Overlooked Anniversary: Forty Years Ago Congress and the President Called for a Steady State Economy
How should we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ESA and the 100 year anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon?