Dave Gardner

Dave Gardner

Dave is the director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. Dave is also president of Citizen-Powered Media, a non-profit working to find the cure to our society's growth addiction. Growth Bias Busted is one of the projects of Citizen-Powered Media's ongoing GrowthBusters public education program.

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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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A headline like this pretty much guarantees a place of honor on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. It’s attention-getting. It’s true. And it’s extremely rare. That’s precisely WHY there is a Growth Bias Busted. In order for our culture to mature from its economic adolescence, we need to celebrate and laud those who are writing our new cultural narrative. And we need to shame those who keep reinforcing the same, tired fairy tales about the pot of gold at the end of the growth rainbow. We can always count on Gar Alperovitz to write intelligently and provocatively about our economic growth follies. Professor of political economy at...
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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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You may have noticed the abundance of hand-wringing of late by apostles of the church of growth everlasting, over declining fertility rates throughout much of the world. The growth-pushers are concerned that women are discovering meaning in life beyond serving as baby factories pumping out cheap labor to shop at Wal-Mart and pay taxes so old folks don’t have to save for retirement. So, imagine my delight to read Bye-Bye, Baby in Sunday’s New York Times, a fact-filled, thoughtful commentary that recommends there is no need to convince the women of the world they should return to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant: “Humanity has many legitimate problems to worry about. Falling...
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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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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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