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Chinese Women Incubate Too Few Workers I’m completely floored that “experts” have gone from worrying so much about growth of the biggest population on Earth (China), to fretting about that growth coming to an end. In today’s pro-growth bias shame, China's Declining Birthrate a Cause for Concern, AsiaOne's Yang Wanli writes: “Experts are calling for an accelerated scrapping of the one-child policy as the nation's birthrate moves toward a dangerously low level.” I’m concerned, but not about a “dangerously low level” birthrate. My worry: Here we are on a full planet, with overwhelming evidence that the scale of the human enterprise has overshot a sustainable level. We should...
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Obama Economy Needs Boost? The headline above this op-ed in the Washington Times is a textbook example of why politicians feel they must promise and deliver a booming economy: Under Obama, Economic Growth Withers We routinely throw them out of office if elected officials preside over a recession or a lackluster recovery. In this piece, Charles Ortel goes out of his way to make the U.S. President pay the price for an economy that doesn’t measure up to his standard for what an economy should do. “…financial sophisticates do not believe the economic-growth story that the Obama administration so ham-handedly still tries to sell.” I’m...
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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming We can always count on Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for informed, thoughtful news and perspectives. As I read this, I was getting the feeling I’d honor it on the Wall of Fame.  “Largely...
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Innovating Our Way into Oblivion I recently discovered the writing of Mark Buchanan, a physicist with a growing body of excellent work at both Medium and Bloomberg View. Today we honor Buchanan on the Wall of Fame for this recent essay in Bull Market, a collection of finance and business writing on Medium. Buchanan is a former editor for Nature and New Scientist. He wrote the book, Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology and the Natural Sciences Can Teach Us About Economics. Glancing over the titles of some of his commentaries, these caught my eye: Has Big Business Captured the Economists? Economists are Blind to the Limits of Growth I especially want to thank...
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U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours Carl Gibson’s How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again had potential. It all depends on whether “top” means “healthiest” or “biggest.” Unfortunately, the author has apparently been programmed to believe bigger is better, so he delivers than completely unsustainable message here. The size of China’s economy (the amount of annual economic throughput, as measured by GDP) surpassed that of the U.S. this year. This has caused consternation in the U.S., where policymakers, pundits, the general public, and many journalists believe we are in a competition – to see who has the biggest. Gibson: “China has overtaken the U.S. as...
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