What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Economic Growth Group Draws Blueprint for Planetary Destruction 10 counties in south central Kansas, a university a think tank and a foundation share the spotlight today on the Wall of Shame. They are undertaking an effort called Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, as reported by John Green in The Hutchinson News: Economic Growth Group to Start This story caught my eye, because the last thing a full planet needs is another “economic growth” group. But Wichita State University, several counties, the Kaufman Foundation and the Brookings Institution are apparently not up to speed. They’ve probably not read the latest Living Planet Report. They may have missed The Limits to...
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Publication of Mythology Fuels Growth Addiction After yesterday’s remarkable Al Jazeera column about the inhumane living conditions in an overpopulated country, we hop back over from Wall of Fame to Wall of Shame. Here we have another column, but this one reinforcing the myth that growth is beneficial, wonderful, universally lauded – something to be pursued and celebrated. The pro-growth propaganda begins with the headline over Charles Lawton’s column in Maine’s Portland Press Herald earlier this week: Maine’s Population Numbers Bode Well In an overpopulated country, on an overpopulated planet, such a headline could be factual if Maine’s population were dropping toward a sustainable level.  Lawton gave me...
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Columbia, MO Destroying Future at a Good Clip We roast news reporting and opinion columns with pro-growth bias because they play a key role in keeping our society hooked on growth. Today’s Wall of Shame features an unremarkable column in a middle-America newspaper. Few would brand it propaganda. But the very fact that columns like this are routinely published – month after month – with nary a question, gives them surprising power.  They program readers to believe increasing population, rising consumption, and the economic growth they fuel, are unquestioned, universally lauded, unalloyed goods. By the time we’re young adults, that programming is complete, but the continuing barrage of growth...
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Iran: Women Should be Baby-Making Slaves How do we top yesterday’s sad news about a city in Japan subsidizing the freezing of human eggs in an effort to reverse population decline? How about a nation outlawing voluntary sterilization and blocking information about contraception? If that’s not enough, how about that same nation requiring that all hiring give priority to people with children (handicapping anyone who dares believe their country and the world are already overpopulated)? In Amnesty Int'l Decries Proposed Iranian 'Baby-Machine' Laws, Hillel Fendal fills us in on two laws under consideration in Iran. “Iranian authorities ‘are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of...
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Japan: Economy Needs Babies | Rosling: Relax Keep Calm and Overpopulate Sunday on CNN’s GPS, pop demography commentator Hans Rosling ended a Lego-style demography lesson with the comment that we can easily feed the billions projected to be added to world population over the rest of this century. Host Fareed Zakaria did nothing to question the basis or veracity of this claim. Rosling's off-hand remark was offered as part of his campaign to convince people to stop worrying about population growth. He is quite popular, because people want to be told that everything is going to be just fine. Every time I see this man on TV I...
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Can Sex Save Denmark's Future? An amusing ad campaign and the news accounts it generated get Wall of Shame treatment today. It’s a year-old campaign, but it somehow never made it to Growth Bias Busted…until now. The Danish travel company, Spies Rejser, gets high marks for creativity and a sense of humor in: Do It for Denmark “Denmark faces a crisis. Our birthrate is at a 27 year low. At Spies we’re concerned. Fewer Danes mean fewer to support the ageing population - and tragically, fewer holidaying with us. Research shows that Danes have 46% more sex on city holidays and since more sex equals the...
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