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The Connection Between Population, Income, and Health

By Max Kummerow For hundreds of years, economists have debated whether population growth is good or bad. Malthus said exponential population growth increases labor supply, so wages fall until starvation, war, or plague stops growth in numbers. Marx said capitalism causes poverty and hunger, so population growth is good, because “every stomach is born with […]


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 […]


The Future History of Political Economy – Part 2

Thermodynamics in Economics: Revolutionary portent, future history by Eric Zencey Ecological Economics represents the extension into economics of the thermodynamic revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In physics, that revolution dethroned Newton and brought relativity. In biology, it was midwife to the birth of ecology, the study of ecosystems as wholes in which energy networks—food […]


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 […]


The End of the Age of Extraction

The age of extraction is ending. We need a true cost economy that can meet people’s needs without undermining planetary life-support systems.


Do We Need a Steady State Economy? One Politician’s Surprising Answer

An interview with a refreshingly astute politician: Andrew Weaver, climate scientist and first Green member of British Columbia’s legislature.


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.


The Visible Hand: Manipulating Market Prices by Influencing Laws and Regulations

Just how efficient are are market prices when they put the future of all species, including humans, at risk?


Pulling Back the Curtain on Economic Growth’s Magic Act

A new book exposes the delusion of endless growth with a clear look at how humanity uses and misuses energy resources.


Making Sense of the Protests through a Post-Growth Lens

Protestors have a visceral grasp on the fact that the economy has been engineered for ecological and financial ruin.