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A Not-So-Nobel Prize for Growth Economists

No follow-up should be needed to expose the ludicrousness of Nordhaus’s statement, but just in case: Agriculture is the very foundation of the economy. No agriculture, no anything else. Think about it. Any hit on agriculture – whether from climate change, bad luck, or stupid policies – has a magnified effect on the economy at large.


Gross Domestic Problem On World Animal Day

~Republished from The Daly News for World Animal Day 2018~   by Brian Czech If you like animals, your feelings may have been nurtured by “Hedgehogs Being Adorable,” “Baby Hippo Has Won Our Hearts,” and other such gems. The Huffington Post, The Animal Blog, and various animal-lover media take a heartfelt approach to the appreciation of […]


A Sustainable True-Cost Economy Promises an Escape from Massive Water Pollution

by Brent Blackwelder A year ago, I wrote about how a true-cost steady state economy would deal with water pollution. Last August, the alarming green slime at the west end of Lake Erie was so bad that it shut down Toledo’s water supply for half a million people. Who would pay the tremendous damages caused […]


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 […]


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 […]


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!


Who Moved Obama’s Win-Win Cheese?

by Brian Czech Whether or not you like President Obama or his policy preferences, you have to acknowledge his consistency. Even those with “zero regard” for the president confess, “At least Obama is consistent.” But not consistently. There is one issue, at least, on which he hasn’t held still, moving in and out like an […]


What to Do When You Suspect We’re Headed for Collapse

What can you do in the face environmental and social mayhem? Learn something, say something, and do something.