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Good News: Stock Market Meltdown When the system shakes, the pro-growth mindset of journalists seems less about bias than it is about the cold, harsh reality that our economy is built to run on growth. The global stock market plummet is offering up instructive examples of our system’s desperate dependence on growth.   US Stocks Tumble on Global Slowdown Fears was illustrated at Yahoo! News by photos of Asian investors suffering angst, presumably over the state of their own investments. But the angst extends much farther. “Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its...
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Short and Bitter When it comes to population forecasts, having things done “ahead of schedule” isn’t a very comforting achievement. This week The Economist announced, “That India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country . . . [and] the date has just moved closer.” Previous forecasting had India’s move to the top spot set at 2028. The adjustment puts it a full four years earlier – 2022 - when they will pass China’s 1.4 billion mark. Factors include fertility rates and population age, both of which will lead to even greater population growth for India (Potentially reaching 1.75 billion people around 2060)...
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Growth Unchecked Population growth, urban growth, and the reliance on economic growth have all led to a snarled up infrastructure problem in Asia. As the number of people has sharply risen the cities have filled and now the infrastructure that is in place cannot uphold the type of lifestyle many people want. Released by the Associated Press and published on Fox News, ‘Infrastructure gap’ in developing Asian economies threatens to hamper growth gives a glimpse of the numerous problems that are associated with growth as well as the unsustainable approach to fixing these problems that is currently the norm. “From power-starved India to Thailand’s overburdened...
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Destroy the Planet - American as Apple Pie We’ve grown used to having “more” year after year. In the U.S., we’ve been riding high on the exploitation of what was, a few hundred years ago, an entire continent of untapped resources. So we've come to expect rising incomes and a materially bigger standard of living with each passing year. We believe we’re entitled to it. We’ve been calling it “The American Dream.” Forty years into overshoot, as the rubber band begins to snap us back to living within our means on planet Earth, no doubt many people will be slow to accept the reality of what it takes for 7...
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Political Silly Season In what one Fortune Magazine writer calls “political silly season” we are all subject to the outlandish claims of politicians. It has become commonplace to hear ill-advised plans of action or, even, professionally-advised complete avoidance of taking a stance. In an article last week, journalist Chris Matthews has called out two GOP candidates for their fantastical ideas of how economic growth should take place in the coming years with his article, Mike Huckabee’s 6% economic growth promise suffers from magical thinking.  Within Matthews’ commentary he satirically commentates: “Such growth will presumably be delivered to the American people by a unicorn riding...
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Debt as a Patriotic Duty It would be a miracle to see anything different when an article is authored by Dow Jones Newswires and published on the Fox News Business pages: U.S. Consumer Credit Picks Up in June has all of the classic growth-bias centered around consumer spending, consumer debt and a reminder that these factors are major influencers when it comes to our economy. It even reminds us that, "Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic output, serving as an important driver of economic growth." According to the article, “Outstanding consumer credit, a reflection of non-mortgage debt, rose $20.74 billion or at...
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