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.
One of the unfortunate things about the Internet is it makes it possible for people who don’t think things through completely to write half-witted columns and make it appear they have done their research and know what they’re talking about. I’m not saying that’s the case with Ryan Cooper at The Week; you draw your own conclusion. Oh hell, that’s exactly what I’m saying about Cooper. This should be titled, "What some 'journalists' get wrong when they don't think the population/consumption issue through." There are so many holes in the reasoning behind What Liberals Get Wrong About Having Kids, that Swiss cheese is getting an inferiority complex. Exhibit One: “In a...
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This extract of a speech by Australian shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh was published as an op-ed in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph last month. Having “populate and prosper” in the headline guaranteed it a spot on our Wall of Shame. When I saw it, I knew it was the work of global growth profiteer Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp owns 142 newspapers in Australia alone. Growth-pushers use the phrase “grow and prosper” quite often, but the Murdoch press in Australia is never too embarrassed to carry the mythology one step further with such over-the-top headlines for its editorials prescribing population growth. I do have to give Leigh a tiny bit of credit for...
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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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