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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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Future So Bright We Have to Wear Shades Stratfor Global Intelligence Chairman George Friedman earned the most acclaim this week for his essay, Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal. Friedman gets into the logical reasons NOT to fear falling fertility rates and the population decline that follows. It’s not rocket science, yet the logic is somehow beyond the grasp of growth boosters the world over. If we can resist the fear mongering of the birth dearthers, and get on with the necessary reduction of population to a sustainable level this century, our future could be bright, indeed. So, thank you, George Friedman. Take the rest of the week...
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Eclectica Cafe Podcast Busts Population Taboo It’s great to see media attention to the subject of human overpopulation on the rise. I applaud one recent example today, a podcast called Eclectica Cafe, titled – appropriately and candidly enough – Overpopulation Discussion With University Experts. The podcast series covers a wide range of topics, so featuring this subject on Eclectica Cafe – rather than preaching to the choir – is probably awakening many people to the fact that we live on an overpopulated planet. Hopefully it will generate some new thinking about family size. The hosts interview Barry Noon, with CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Ohio...
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Population Decline - Bring It On! Bravo to George Friedman, chairman of global intelligence firm Stratfor, for stating what is obvious, but too rarely written: “As someone who was raised in a world that saw the population explosion as leading to economic disaster, I would think that the end of the population boom would be greeted with celebration.” In Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal, Friedman also nicely points out that you can shrink population, and even GDP, without making everyone poorer (except perhaps the wealthy capitalists benefitting from growing markets today): “But the real question is whether a declining population matters. Assume that there is...
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Gospel of Economic Growth - Pie Unlimited Today’s Wall of Shame honoree is a classic example of the role of growth mythology in politics. In tough times, it’s “a chicken in every pot.” More often, it’s a job, a better job, rising pay, or an opportunity to get rich. No one running for public office gets elected by telling the truth: we’ve maxed out on squeezing wealth out of one planet serving 7 billion people. Jeb Bush and Reason magazine get our attention today because they both ignore the brutal, but vital truth about overshoot. The headline for a Reason report on the recent Conservative Political Action Conference...
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Fruitcake Population Policies Go Unquestioned The editors of China Daily share the Wall of Shame today with its forum readers whose comments are published in Will Push to Up Birthrate Work? This little piece begins with an Editor’s Note: “Far fewer couples than expected have applied to the authorities to have a second child, a year after the country eased its family planning policy. Some even said the one-child policy should be fully relaxed, with all married couples strongly encouraged to have two children. Will these efforts to increase the birthrate work? Our forum readers share their opinions here and you are also welcome to add yours.” This...
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