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.


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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)

Attendu:

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,