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Alperovitz: Out-of-the-Box Thinking I’m glad to give a nod today to Orion Magazine for devoting  space to The Next System Project, an initiative to “think boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic difficulties facing the United States,” launched March 31 by thought leaders Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth. Orion editor Scott Gast helped readers learn about the project in Five Questions for Gar Alperovitz. Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as an historian, political economist, activist, writer and government official. He is widely published, and definitely smarter than the average economist. Gus Speth’s career has been no less distinguished –...
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Can California Innovate Past Laws of Sustainability? California’s fresh water crisis gets plenty of media attention these days. The End of California? seems worthy of our attention because of its optimism. New York Times contributor Timothy Egan has written well about this subject. His work might just as easily land on our Wall of Fame. But today I do want to put a spotlight on what I’m dropping into a very large file-drawer labeled “techno-optimism.” “California will survive. It’s not going to blow away. The economy, now on a robust rebound, is not going to collapse. There won’t be a Tom Joad load of S.U.V.s headed north. Rains, and snow...
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Blackstone Advisor: Not Enough Consumers I’m saving the best for last, so stay with me. This statement from a Blackstone Advisory Partners executive in his Market Commentary blog got my attention: “An exhaustive and important study by the McKinsey Global Institute concludes that over the next 50 years population growth will decline to .3% annually.  If productivity continues to contribute 1.8%, overall [GDP] growth will decline to 2.1%, a rate 40% less than during the past half-century.  The implications of this slowdown on global changes in the standard of living and investment opportunities could be enormous.”  Right off the bat, either McKinsey or Blackstone are assuming 2.1% annual...
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Overpopulation: Candidates Run for the Hills A news report about political candidates in England debating population policy makes the Wall of Fame today because, well, this is a conversation we never see in the U.S.  Kent Election Candidates Clash Over Population Growth For some reason, we can always count on Australians and the English to have more candid conversations about this subject. "At a BBC debate, Russ Timpson called for a conversation about how many people could live ‘on this island.’ The Tory, UKIP and Labour candidates on the panel said they understood him to mean limits on having children, respectively describing his comments as chilling, astonishing...
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Prosperity from Growth (for Developers) I honor David Schwartz of Chapel Hill, North Carolina today for this recent commentary in The News/Observer: Growth Pays, If You’re A Developer  Schwartz tells us: “Growth doesn’t pay for itself.” He highlights the observations of Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann: “During his long public service career, he has had ample opportunity to observe, in fast-growing areas such as central Florida, northern Virginia, and now here in the Triangle, that the costs communities incur to provide services to growing populations – costs for schools, roads, buses, police, fire, parks – exceed the new revenues that growth brings.” Schwartz next points out...
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