“Be Very Alarmed!” Introducing the Global GDP Meter

By Brian Czech

Backed by an ominous sound clip and a rapidly churning GDP meter that comes out of nowhere, “Be alarmed… Be very alarmed!” are the opening phrases at CASSE’s new landing page. You’ll see what we mean shortly; please allow us an introduction to describe the approach. The landing page is actually a 30-second animation prefacing our “regular” website. It is designed to be three things: alarming, crystal clear, distinctive and memorable.


The Green New Deal: What’s Really Green and What’s Really New

By Brian Czech

Ask Americans what the Green New Deal is all about, and you’ll get two basic answers. Most often you’ll hear, “It’s about moving to renewable energy in order to fight climate change.” You’ll also hear, from a camp further right, “It’s all about socialism!” Either way, the really green, really new feature is overlooked. What the Green New Deal is really about is the transition to a steady state economy. At least, that’s what it must be about, to be truly green and new. Let’s start with green. “Green” connotes environmental protection. Some may view it naively as a tree hugger’s agenda, but ultimately, it’s about economic sustainability. That’s because economic activity starts from deep in the environment; namely with the agricultural and extractive sectors.


The Pope Francis Encyclical And Its Economics

By Brent Blackwelder The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis is attracting extraordinary attention for its message on global warming, deforestation, loss of biological diversity, and other pressing environmental issues. What is less well known is the extensive critique of the global economy found in his 184-page Encyclical. This blog highlights some of the significant points […]


Seismic Political Shifts Reveal Desire for Serious Change

by James Magnus-Johnston If you demonstrate to people that the NDP [New Democratic Party] can win in Alberta, suddenly anything seems possible. —Paul Fairie, University of Calgary political scientist   On the problematic political spectrum, neither the right nor the left have become wholesale champions of the steady state economy. Then again, embracing something perceived as […]


Who’s Going to Lead the Way to a Sustainable Economy?

There’s hope that the next generation of workers will make the shift to a sustainable economy.


Surprises Lurk with Pending Obama Trade Deals

You don’t have to connect very many dots to see the rationale behind the proposed trade agreements. Unfortunately the rationale is irrational!


Ending the Insanity of Ecocide

Ecocidal tendencies have no place in either our legal or our economic institutions. Here’s a direct way to help put an end to ecocide.


How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-For-Profit World by 2050

The transition from profit-based businesses to not-for-profit enterprises offers one of the most hopeful paths to a sustainable economy.


Three Glimmers of Hope for an Economic Transformation

Brent Blackwelder sees three possibilities (granted they’re long-shots) for overcoming the obstacles to an economic paradigm shift.


What Kind of Economy Says OK to Tar Sands Oil?

The short answer: an economy that allows corporations to externalize costs and trump the rights of indigenous people.