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Call for Economic Overhaul   Imagine a world in which we measure a peoples' success by the Happy Planet Index (HPI). HPI "combines life expectancy data and peoples' self-reported life satisfaction, and divides this aggregate number by ecological footprint". Just take a minute to imagine how different our world and our priorities would be. Rob Dietz, whose piece was recently published in USA Today's Op Ed section, envisions such a world. Not only is his article inspirational, but it also considers a real Earth, i.e. one that is constrained by environmental factors. The religion behind GDP, on the other hand, still believes in a world that...
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Building a Better World for All: The Power of Narrative and Cooperation Is a change of narrative what we need to address our out of control growth?  Suzanne York's newest post for www.howmany.org argues for this. York summarizes a conference in which a speaker stated that:" “Sustainability, caring for others and equality defined what it meant to be human for hundreds of thousands of years.” Her concept of humanity jarred me as it is different from the values of endless profit and self interest that define our common narrative of capitalism. Maybe a narrative change is not as tangible as legislation, however, it seems to be high time that we re-align humanity's narrative with...
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Obama's Cruel Advice This story was voted the top felony this week.                                                         The Washington Times's opinion piece on Obama's African developmental policy is riddled with illogical assumptions. Sadly, these assumptions boil down to a way of thinking in developed areas that is unquestioned within the mainstream.  The article speaks of how "Mr. Obama’s power base on the left will only embrace inefficient, pre-industrial power sources", windmills, for example, while neglecting power plants. The anonymous author makes Obama...
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Growth Beyond Limits a System requirement, not Policy Choice "The perpetual growth of GDP is not a policy choice – it is a systemic requirement to service interest-bearing debt, and a prescription for economic and environmental collapse." Lewis Verduyn courageously breaks down what economic "growth" entails. Verduyn brings up the "elephant in the room" issues of limited resources, income inequality, austerity measures within neoliberalism, and much more. One of the most compelling segments in the article was a simple distinction between "quantitative growth that expands resource extraction and material consumption, and qualitative development that improves efficiency and reduces environmental and social impacts." Our current growth paradigm, which Verduyn illustrates in relation to increasing levels of debt, undoubtedly...
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China Falters in Effort to Boost Consumption As the Trayvon Martin trial and Edward Snowden drama slowly lose airtime, you may have noticed a new media buzz  accumulating around China's slowing growth rate. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal gives light to the infatuation mainstream media exhibits toward growth. A quick search of this article revealed thirty instances of the words "grow" and "growth". As I read through this article, the terms "grow", "growth", and the statistics that accompanied them blurred into a grey fog. What do these terms and numbers mean? Far too often in mainstream media, the term "economic growth" relates to the macro,...
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