“Driving” the Growth of Local Economies: Farming or Financing?

by Brian Czech Among today’s headlines is the pedestrian-sounding “Colin Hanna: Economic growth, new jobs, strengthened pensions.” Author Hanna, surely a well-meaning soul, is pitching the merits of the private equity “industry.” The problem is, Hanna goes so far as to reference “the industry’s clear record of driving economic growth.” Hanna’s article reminds me of […]


Neocornucopianism and the Steady State: Part I

By Josh Farley Perhaps the main reason people reject the need for a steady state economy is some form of cornucopianism, the belief that technological progress will overcome all ecological and physical limits, allowing endless economic growth into the indefinite future. Cornucopianism has several flavors, and I will describe three: mainstream economics, eco-modernism, and singularity […]


A Not-So-Nobel Prize for Growth Economists

No follow-up should be needed to expose the ludicrousness of Nordhaus’s statement, but just in case: Agriculture is the very foundation of the economy. No agriculture, no anything else. Think about it. Any hit on agriculture – whether from climate change, bad luck, or stupid policies – has a magnified effect on the economy at large.


Gross Domestic Problem On World Animal Day

~Republished from The Daly News for World Animal Day 2018~   by Brian Czech If you like animals, your feelings may have been nurtured by “Hedgehogs Being Adorable,” “Baby Hippo Has Won Our Hearts,” and other such gems. The Huffington Post, The Animal Blog, and various animal-lover media take a heartfelt approach to the appreciation of […]


NGOs Challenged to Back Up Their Rhetoric

The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) has sent a letter to the presidents of the top ten environmental NGOs challenging them to a debate. The debate will center around one question: “Is there a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection?”


An Act of Congress for the Steady-State Timeline

By Brian Czech Some years down the road—probably decades—we’ll pass the Full and Sustainable Employment Act, calling for a steady state economy in the USA. This is our vision at CASSE. When that day comes, scholars and commentators will construct a timeline demarcating the major steps along the way. On that timeline, August 28, 2018 […]


Unfurling the Banner at the Steady State Herald

~Steady State Herald Premiere~ By Brian Czech It’s been quite a run with our CASSE blog, the Daly News. Regular readers will recall a consistent weekly column from March 2010 through late 2015. Then for a couple years it was hit-or-miss, for reasons already explained (in a Daly News entry, naturally.) Now we’re back to […]


Farewell to FWS – Goodbye to Gag Orders

Brian Czech, Arlington, Virginia Open letter to FWS, sent directly to FWS employees on February 7, 2018. Friends, colleagues, and past FWS co-workers, I once considered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be the world leader in conservation, and was proud to sign on! But that was a long time ago: 1999 to be […]


Democrats, Donald Trump, and the Dark Underbelly of Economic Growth

Brian Czech, Arlington, VA, 1/30/18  (photo credits: theduran.com) Democrats are stunned by Donald Trump’s lack of culpability for racist rhetoric, Twitter tantrums, and international insults. They shouldn’t be. They’re the party of “It’s the Economy Stupid.” They should know that if a president inspires a bull market, creates a few jobs, and grows the GDP, […]


Thankful to be Back in the Steady-State Saddle

By Brian Czech One thing about American holidays – there’s no mincing of words. Thanksgiving Day is as self-explanatory as it gets. And from where I write, it happens to be easy, giving thanks this time around. For starters, it’s a crisp fall day in Virginia! But I’ve a bonus to be thankful for. Twenty […]