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Planetary Destruction Begins at Home The Gaston Gazette’s Eric Wildstein probably grew up like most of us, reading and hearing about the joys of population and economic growth. Even if he learned that human activity on the planet is disrupting the climate, extinguishing species and liquidating natural resources, that was never considered when his hometown or state celebrated topping some list of the fastest-growing. Somehow the growth of a city, county or state has nothing to do with the overshoot of global human population. So I must resist the urge to label as clueless his recent Gazette story about population growth in North Carolina, and Gaston...
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More Chinese Babies Needed to Save the Sneaker 40 years ago China wised up and realized no good was coming from its ride on the hockey-stick shaped curve of exponential population growth. Not everyone is thrilled about that nation’s solution. China’s one-child policy has been derided as oppressive, and there is no doubt its implementation left much to be desired. However, the reasoning behind the policy was quite sound. It is particularly troubling, therefore, to find growth boosters and birth-dearthers coming out of the woodwork to cry out for Chinese women to begin pumping out workers. None of these boosters is asking for more beautiful children, who will grow...
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Vatican Rolls Out New Line of Chastity Belts News that Pope Francis advised Catholics not to breed “like rabbits,” stormed the social media this week. Clearly we cannot ignore this here at Growth Bias Busted. The media coverage showed little evidence of pro-growth bias, but we do often feature the remarks and policy positions of world leaders.  Thus, we were presented with a quandary: Do we honor Pope Francis for advocating “responsible parenthood?” Or do we put him on the Wall of Shame for continuing to obstruct the most realistic, effective form of being responsible about how many children couples bring into the world?  I was aided in this...
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President Leads Giant Liquidation Sale The U.S. obsession with economic growth was in full display Tuesday night. The state of the economy headlined President Barack Obama’s DIY performance review, aka the State of the Union. Both the President and the GOP rebuttal competed to see who could promise U.S. citizens the most – the most jobs, the most income growth, the lowest taxes…the most economic growth. “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” We only had to wait till the second paragraph of the President’s speech to get to what is universally being...
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Florida Governor Forgets to Take Meds Taking the oath of office for his second term as Florida Governor, Rick Scott let growth addiction get the best of him. I’m not sure who deserves Wall of Shame dishonor more, the Governor for pushing Florida well beyond a sustainable population level, or reporters for not recognizing the folly of competing for population growth and considering that a measure of success. In Scott Takes Oath Of Office, Urges Northerners To Move Here, the Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte informs us: “Scott, the 45th governor of Florida, has overseen an economic recovery and the state's long-forecasted surpassing of New York as the...
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Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the Wall of Shame today with a bullet. Last week the country’s prime minister announced new incentives to support the Paleozoic president’s ambition for Turkey to regress to new levels of unsustainability: “Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government yesterday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for married couples to have more children to counter a slowdown in population growth. The new welfare programme, announced by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, includes several financial incentive measures including special commemorative gold coins for first time mothers. Erdogan has made no secret of his...
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