What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Destruction of Planet Humming Along The Associated Press (AP) maintains its status as most shamed news organization at Growth Bias Busted, with this report on the U.S. Commerce Department’s revised estimate of 3rd quarter GDP growth. While the AP didn’t write this headline, my local paper telegraphed the pro-growth bias within: U.S. Economy Humming Along Newsrooms will put this kind of positive headline spin on stories about robust economic growth as long as the reporters keep turning in work that assumes economic growth is good news. Isn’t it good news? That’s what most readers would ask, because they are being fed a steady diet of pro-growth spin:...
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Population Needed to Drive Economy…off a Cliff Massey University and Westpac (a huge bank) are holding two forums this week on population trends in New Zealand. Seems like a good idea, so why is this on the Wall of Shame? Maybe the breakfast forums will offer a more thoughtful approach to population and its role in achieving sustainable equilibrium, but this news announcement from Massey University presents an uninformed perspective: “It’s more than four decades since the last major national activity focused on how we want our population to grow….” That’s a quote from forum participant, Massey Professor Paul Spoonley, who “says a new government population policy is long...
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Growth First. Then These Other Things Can be Dealt With It’s not often we get a great laugh at Growth Bias Busted. After all, we’re dealing with media bias reinforcing a cult-like belief that’s sending our civilization right off a cliff. Today is an exception. I am absolutely tickled to share with you this mock interview with “Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey” from the Australian satirical team, Clarke and Dawe. This talented duo has been performing satirical interviews on Australian television off and on since 1989. This video, which aired on Australia’s ABC, followed up on the recent G20 Leaders Summit held in Brisbane. “Growth was the key message, that went in and...
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Monbiot on Growth: Burning Down the House to Keep Warm In the wake of the latest G20 finance meeting, talk is heating up about the possibility of global economic growth stalling out. Yesterday I took the global media to task for myopically joining in the hand-wringing of growth-addicted world leaders, without so much as a nod to the destruction involved in attempting to perpetuate economic growth on a full planet. I hadn’t found a single instance of full and accurate reporting that included the very real costs of pursuing continued growth. One instance turned up. In Growth: The Destructive God that Can Never be Appeased, George Monbiot earns Wall of Fame honors...
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Red Lights Flashing for Global Economy What is the emergency? Sure enough, we are worried about slowing economic growth. AP reporter Danica Kirka filed this story summarizing the state of the world’s economies. The headline actually was suggested by an opinion piece in the UK Guardian written by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron had left the most recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, with serious concerns. Serious enough to flip on the flashing red warning lights on his batmobile, or whatever it is he travels in while racing about to get the world’s economies back into planet liquidation mode. The G20 leaders promised to do their part: “…the...
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