The Future History of Political Economy – Part 1

Economics Ignores Thermodynamics by Eric Zencey Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this essay appeared as a comment in the Great Transition Network Forum, which will appear on the Great Transition Initiative website next week along with a new essay by Herman Daly, “Economics for a Full World.” Ecological Economics and its corollary, Steady State […]


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 […]


Progress Toward a True-Cost Economy Now Comes From Developments in Renewable Energy

by Brent Blackwelder A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the planet. This revolution has profound implications because it signals that the global economy is moving to stop the growth of our human carbon footprint. The global economy has run for a century primarily on fossil fuels but is now undergoing a rapid transition to a global […]


Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian explains how GDP growth will eventually stop tracking with environmental damage–but the reasons may not be what you’d expect!


War and Peace and the Steady-State Economy

Herman Daly discusses the natural alliances between peacemakers and steady staters, and between the growth economy and warfare.


Earth Day Message: Double the Native Forest Cover

This Earth Day, Brent Blackwelder urges us to double the current amount of native forest cover.


Review of Collision Course (Endless Growth on a Finite Planet)

Herman Daly reviews Kerryn Higgs’ Collision Course (Endless Growth on a Finite Planet), finding her explanation of the ascendancy of the weaker anti-Limits position constitutes a kick in the head for those of us who believe in the persuasive power of reasoned argument.


A New Economy Will Help Save Rivers and Fisheries

Many activities that today damage rivers and fisheries would not occur in a steady state economy.


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.