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Population and the Steady State Economy

By Max Kummerow

Sir David Attenborough remarked in a 2011 presidential lecture to the Royal Society that “every environmental and social problem is made more difficult and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more people.” Wherever women’s status has improved and societies modernized, he said, birth rates have fallen. He begged his audience to “talk about population.”


A Not-So-Nobel Prize for Growth Economists

By Brian Czech

How ironic for the Washington Post to opine “Earth may have no tomorrow” and, two pages later, offer up the mini-bios of William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, described as Nobel Prize winners.

Without more rigorous news coverage, few indeed will know that Nordhaus and Romer are epitomes of neoclassical economics, that 20th century occupation isolated from the realities of natural science. Nordhaus and Romer may deserve their prizes for economic modeling, but each gets an F in advanced sustainability.


Economic Growth, Obesity, and the Creed of Greed

Society has reached a tipping point where further economic growth is causing serious health problems.


The Fallacy of the Tragedy of the Commons

Garrett Hardin seems to have made the some incorrect assumptions about human behavior — assumptions familiar to students of economics.


Two Schools and the Path to the Steady State Economy

Concerned about the fate of civilization? Maybe there’s some good news from an unlikely source.