What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Clinton Promises to Repeal Laws of Physics Today, U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets Wall of Shame honors for telling voters last Monday they CAN have infinite economic growth on a finite planet. Statements and promises made by politicians play a significant role in the cultural programming that keeps so many of us worshipping at the church of growth everlasting.  No surprise that media coverage of her major economic speech did not question the sanity or physical possibility of her promises. This is interesting, because here is the reality (and it’s no secret): Greece is grappling with a likely 4% economic contraction this year. The World Bank last month...
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How to Soft-Sell Addiction We long ago outgrew the planet and are today watching its life-supporting ecosystems slowly crumble. But we continue to cheer on growth. Why? Part of the problem is the power of the myth of prosperity from growth. A fairly innocuous editorial in the Lansing State Journal won’t be getting much attention, except here where I am holding it up today as an example of the – often subtle – cultural programming that keeps our society addicted.  In LSJ Committed to Connecting Communities, Executive Editor Stephanie Angel writes about “the new Gannet,” parent company of the Lansing State Journal. The company’s mission,...
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How NOT to Feed the World There is no question today the wealthiest populations are wasting and consuming more than they need, while the poorest peoples get short shrift. Should we work to rectify that? Yes. Should we pretend we can be 100% successful? Probably not. Should we expect that to end hunger and poverty sustainably? No. I’m a fan of Grist, mostly because of senior editor Lisa Hymas’ bold writing a few years ago about her choice to conceive no children. The online magazine also has a well-developed conservation ethic. But today I am taking exception to Grist’s celebration of this video by Daniel Penner and Amelia Bates.  Watch...
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We Don’t Have to Destroy Human Civilization After All A group of executives, economists and politicians have apparently found a way to do what’s necessary to have a survivable climate without giving up economic growth. This is newsworthy, of course, because we’ve all been bracing for impact – since we absolutely, positively cannot give up growth. Pilita Clark brings us this news in Clean Global Economic Growth Now ‘Within Reach, published in today’s Financial Times.  “Halting global warming without denting economic growth can be done more easily than many companies and governments realise, a report from 28 chief executives, economists and political figures shows.” Our big mistake over the past...
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Cato Stands Up for Rich in Battle for What's Left One of the job requirements at the Cato Institute is faith in growth everlasting. It’s no surprise to find a commentary by Cato Senior Fellow Michael Tanner on the Wall of Shame, because one would not expect him to understand limits to growth on a finite planet. In Who Would Not Favor Economic Growth? Tanner conflates economic growth with well-being and confuses coincidence with causation. “Economic growth has benefited us all, rich and poor alike, enormously. It’s easy to forget how different life was just a century ago, when only 20 percent of American homes had electricity, life expectancy was not even 55,...
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California: Come On In, the Water's Fine An Associated Press (AP) story about causes and cures for California’s “mega-drought” is a classic, textbook example of how an addict comes up with a million reasons NOT to end his/her substance abuse today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.  What’s blamed for California’s drought? Basically Everything That’s the headline over AP statehouse reporter Fenit Nirappil’s piece, which clearly has an agenda. Yes, many journalists should be joining us at growth-aholics anonymous meetings. Our culture of growth is so strong that well-intentioned reporters can’t help but repeat and reinforce the destructive attitudes and beliefs that keep us addicted to growth, even as...
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