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Five Myths About Economic Growth

by Brian Czech

Myth #1. It’s economic.

To be economic, something has to be worth more than it costs. Economic activity, per se, is more beneficial than detrimental. Technically speaking, “marginal utility is greater than marginal disutility.”

If you liked a rug, but liked your grandkids more, it wouldn’t be smart to grab the rug out from under them. That’s basic microeconomics. Yet if we look around and reflect a bit,


The Pope Francis Encyclical And Its Economics

By Brent Blackwelder

The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis is attracting extraordinary attention for its message on global warming, deforestation, loss of biological diversity, and other pressing environmental issues. What is less well known is the extensive critique of the global economy found in his 184-page Encyclical. This blog highlights some of the significant points that Pope Francis makes about the need for systemic economic change.

Although the Pope does not use the phrase “steady state economy”


Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

by Herman Daly

As a Protestant Christian, my devotion to the Catholic Church has been rather minimal, based largely on respect for early church history and for the love of an aunt who was a nun. In recent times, the Catholic Church’s opposition to birth control, plus the pedophile and cover-up scandals, further alienated me. Like many others, I first viewed Pope Francis as perhaps a breath of fresh air, but little more. After reading his encyclical on environment and justice,


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!


Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?

Is there an evolutionary mechanism stopping us from living within our planetary constraints? If so, can we overcome it before it is too late?


Voluntary Simplicity and the Steady-State Economy

People who live simply and mindfully set the example for the good life in a steady state economy.


Maybe It’s Time to Offend a Few Folks

Alexandra Paul says it’s time to put aside politeness when it comes to opening a dialogue about overpopulation.


Pulsing Paradigm or Steady State?

Howard Odum’s conception of a “pulse” offers some food for thought about how to establish of a steady state economy.


Efficiency and Entrepreneurship: Key Ingredients for Infinite Growth

Professor Mountebank sets the record straight: the magic of infinite growth comes from the magic of ever-increasing efficiency.


Selecting “Surrogate Species” for Conservation: How About an 800-Pounder?

Brian Czech offers sound advice for conservation professionals and everyone else concerned with protecting wildlife and ecosystems.