Guess What Trudeau Said About Growth?

By James Magnus-Johnston

In an appeal to Mr. Trudeau’s philosophical musings, I’ve written a letter to him listing five ways Canada can foster a better, more sustainable economy.



“There are a lot of people out there, environmental thinkers like Herman Daly and others, who talk about the fact that maybe endless growth within a finite system is not either possible or even desirable.

Adjusting the Fifth to a Finite Planet, Part II

In part two of two, Eric Zencey explains how American Constitutional case law has come to value private property over the interests of other citizens.

Building a Movement for Happiness

Our guest post discusses some exciting initiatives to augment GDP with indicators that measure our well-being or happiness.

Negative Externalities Are the Norm

Here’s a crazy but true fact: negative externalities are the norm — not the exception — in our current economic setup.

Neoclassical Economist Recants Key Article of Faith

Eric Zencey explains why GDP is an indicator for amnesiacs.



Other Conferences

There have been a number of other events around the globe focusing on achieving the degrowth transition to a steady state economy. These include:

Posizione verso la Crescita Economica (Italian)

Considerato che:

1) La crescita economica, come viene definita nei libri di testo ufficiali, è un aumento della produzione e del consumo di beni e servizi;

2) La crescita economica avviene quando c’è un aumento del prodotto tra popolazione e consumo pro capita;

3) L’economia globale cresce come un insieme unificato composto dai settori agricoli, estrattivi, manifatturieri, industriali e dei servizi, i quali necessitano risorse materiali e generano rifiuti;

Position sur la croissance économique (French)


1) Que la croissance économique, selon les ouvrages classiques d’économie, se définit comme une augmentation de la production et de la consommation de biens et de services;

2) Que la croissance économique résulte d’une augmentation du produit de la multiplication de la population par le niveau de consommation par habitant;

3) Que l’économie globale croît comme un tout constitué des secteurs de l’agriculture, de l’extraction, de la fabrication et des services,