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Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life Amanda Marcotte took on Pope Francis in this smart piece published in June by The Daily Beast. I like it and want to recommend it because it vigorously defends the choice not to reproduce AND includes a reason that should be mentioned more often: “the world needs more people who choose pets over kids.” One shouldn’t have to defend the choice, but for now we have to put up with that, while we work this silly notion that reproducing is a woman’s prime directive out of our system. Pope Francis apparently needs some coaching on this, and Marcotte steps up: “Pope Francis...
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Reich: Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism I’ve shamed Robert Reich a few times at Growth Bias Busted for expressing views that seem to value immigrants as economic pawns rather than human beings, and keep the U.S. hooked on both economic and population growth. It’s a pleasure today to honor a recent Reich commentary on the Wall of Fame. I know he is a man with good intentions, and they shine through in The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism. “…managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called “Market Basket” have joined together to oppose the board of director’s decision earlier in the year to oust...
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Smith & Turner Lead Important Dialogue at National Press Club Australia’s National Press Club hosted millionaire businessmen Dick Smith and Graham Turner to discuss population growth in Australia yesterday. Both have been outspoken advocates of sustainable population policies. You can see video of the full event here. The fact that both are millionaires raises the question – did they have to “rent” the Press Club to hold this event? Or did the Press Club actually organize it? If the club organized the forum, then our congratulations are in order. At the very least, I’d like to honor the journalists who attended and covered the event, not to mention Smith and Turner,...
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Letter to the Editor: We Can Stop Growth Though “letters to the editor” published in newspapers and magazines don’t carry the same clout as the stories, or even the editorials, I do believe an abundance of letters correcting pro-growth misinformation and mythology could do some good. In that spirit, today I want to honor Neil Dawe, who sent this letter to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News with some wisdom about proposed Parksville sewage system expansion. "Because of past excessive growth, the citizens of Parksville will be asked through referendum if they are in favour of borrowing monies for a new water treatment plant, which we will have to pay back plus interest." Dawe expresses...
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Weird Al Yankovic: Killing the Planet a Laughing Matter It’s not often we get to laugh here at Growth Bias Busted. Saving the planet, and saving a civilization from itself, is serious business. It is a real treat, therefore, to honor a comedic song and video on the Wall of Fame today. With First World Problems, Weird Al Yankovic has done a masterful job of holding up a mirror to the billion people on the planet living lives of excess and daring to complain about it. “I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator” Yes, it’s brilliant. And apparently people are recognizing it. Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, debuted as...
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What If Everyone Had Only One Child? After a week of disappointing growth issues coverage in the media, it’s a pleasure to share some exemplary news. This video from the ABC News/Yahoo What If? series asks a question rarely raised in the media, and offers an accurate and appealing compilation of all the good things that would happen in a nation of one-child families. “A smaller, better educated population could drive down the unemployment rate.” And how about fewer Kardashians? The story includes a brief soundbite from Lauren Sandler, author of, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, which sounds...
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