Wall of Shame

Reporting & commentary that assume eternal growth is feasible, good, and necessary for prosperity

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The new Cosmos series on Fox and National Geographic is making some waves. It’s nice to see high production value and intellectual content in a television landscape littered with Kardashians, Duggars, moonshiners and house-flippers. I must, however, anoint the series, it’s host, producers and writers with Wall of Shame infamy because of a misstep in the program broadcast on March 23. About 33 minutes into the episode titled When Knowledge Conquered Fear, host Neil deGrasse Tyson got the attention of some sustainable population advocates with this comment about Edmond Halley (who did not discover the comet, but did lay some groundwork in the 17th century for the science of demography): “He...
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This one is a classic. Another archetypal news article that drills it into your head: Economic growth…gooooood. Not having everything hinge on rising GDP, caring about sustainability of resources, and valuing a healthy, happy life… baaaaaaaad. I mean, how is there time to worry about all the latter when you have to worry about constantly growing GDP? It is, after all, the planet around which all else orbits. This CNN Money article by Sophia Yan tells about the woes of the Chinese economy as they face a predicted measly 7.3% GDP growth. The crisis now: China's economy lost momentum in the first quarter and growth in 2014 could fall short of...
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Last Sunday’s New York Times made our Wall of Fame on Monday with an intelligent op-ed about how declining fertility rates is more good news than bad. Our global obsession with economic growth, however, joins overpopulation on the list of humankind’s suicidal behaviors. So my delight on Sunday was tempered somewhat by the Off the Shelf book review of G.D.P.: A Brief but Affectionate History, also in the  Sunday Times. By my judgment, apparently the book is too brief, and overly affectionate. Fred Andrews’ pro-growth perspective is apparent throughout his review. This probably means the book doesn’t offer the important and enlightened view of GDP we so badly need: Our obsession...
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It gets my attention whenever a syndicated columnist considers the possibility we are experiencing the end of economic growth. While that is a bit beyond the grasp of Washington Post economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson, he gets close in this week’s column: “Since the Great Recession, the bland (often unstated) premise has been that the economy would ultimately recover in full. Now, some economists question this and argue that the economic crisis created — or exposed — enduring weaknesses…. Even when producing at “full capacity,” the economy will grow more slowly than in the past or than had been expected.” I’m so glad to see writers pondering the reasons for this...
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I’m pretty sure none of us have seen an ad campaign like this one. Spies is a Danish travel agency that is urging Danes to, not only take more romantic getaways and boost their business, but to get pregnant and boost the population as well. Denmark is seriously concerned about their low fertility rate so Spies came up with their Do It For Denmark campaign. As the Washington Post put it, “a bold — and hilarious — campaign emerged in Denmark to reverse the trend. For the salvation of the country, a travel company-organized movement called “Do it for Denmark!” wants Danes to act and act now — without precautions.” The...
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Charles Eisenstein is a rockstar of the sustainability movement. Philosopher, economist, spiritual guide, he has offered some important and smart perspective about our modern culture, our relationship with nature and our relationships with each other. I’m therefore conflicted about hoisting him into the stocks on our Wall of Shame. I’m conflicted because I think he’s a smart guy, and because his commentary published last week in the UK Guardian is 95% brilliant. But the 5% that disappoints warrants our big, bright spotlight along with a warning:  Population Media Center’s Joe Bish called it “a curious mess, which veers back and forth between apparent support for population stabilization, to dismissing population as...
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