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Is a Shrinking Economy Bad News? A shrinking U.S. economy was mourned, across the board, by journalists last week. But for a country responsible for roughly 25% of the world’s resource use, isn’t a contracting economy a positive step - toward sustainable, one-planet living? Last Thursday’s Commerce Department revision of 1st quarter gross domestic product (GDP) provided yet another opportunity for the news media to administer a routine dose of “economic growth is wonderful” cultural programming. National Public Radio got a head start on this in its hourly newscast the day before: “Later this week the federal government will release its latest data on U.S. economic growth…....
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Economy Disappoints Coming from a Filipino heritage, this article was personal for me. Some Filipino media has too high of standards for economic growth while also being blind to the consequences. This article by the Philippine Star had quite the insecure and overly harsh sounding title, “ Economy disappoints.” The graphic used in the article is a histogram of GDP growth, again illustrating the whole world is measuring “good” economic growth with an incorrect indicator. “The Philippine economy grew by 5.7 percent in the first quarter of the year, lower than the 6.5 to 7.5-percent full-year target set by the government.”  Essentially, the Philippine...
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Debate Continues to Rage Over How Much of a Population the Earth Can Sustain I don’t think I’ve read a piece from the South China Morning Post or from Martin Williams but this one is definitely worth your time.  It is one of the few even-keeled and easy articles on population out there. And while I’m pretty convinced that people need to accept that catastrophe is imminent in our current state of growth, I appreciate that Williams is offering up different perspectives. Ultimately landing on needing a huge change in policy and outlook. But this is a very digestible piece for anyone that addresses many of the issues people have when they are confronted with...
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AP Economic Reporting: More Bias, Fewer Facts Associated Press economic reporting finds its way to the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted so often that we’re considering streamlining the process, having AP stories automatically post here. That’s a real shame. Two offending AP stories appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend that need to be called out. Josh Boak’s report on sales of new homes in the U.S. makes the same old assumptions: “Demand for newly built homes remains one of the missing pieces of the nearly 5-year-old recovery from the Great Recession…. Sales of new homes are running at roughly half the rate of...
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Forget Economic Growth – Measure 'Birdsong and Lollipops' Instead, Top UN Academics Urge Ministers Daily Mail Deputy Political Editor Tom McTague gives us a healthy dose of reality and perspective in his latest piece about what we should actually be measuring, instead of GDP, to gauge a society's health. According to McTague, the Director of the UN University’s International Human Dimensions Programme said, “the number of teenage schoolgirls on a city street, as birds sing in the background is an important sign of a wealthy nation.” Amen. He points to research that shows people do in fact value nonmaterial wealth more than material wealth. And obviously our government’s gauge of a healthy community should do the...
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