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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Enough of this Baby Talk! Congratulations and Wall of Fame Honors to freelance writer Erin Migdol today for her piece in Mic about societal expectations and pressures for women to birth babies. In 12 Women With Perfect Responses for Why They Don't Have Kids, Migdol wonderfully makes the point that reproduction is not the primary purpose of a woman’s existence. “In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: ‘You gotta have a baby!’ We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know...
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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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Al Jazeera Breaks Population Taboo It’s my pleasure today to congratulate Al Jazeera correspondent, Step Vaessen, who authored this new opinion piece about population with unusual candor:  Indonesia Facing Overpopulation Crisis? Even the headline writer (probably Vaessen in this case) did the right thing, using a word rarely seen in the news media: overpopulation. Vaessen’s commentary earned Wall of Fame status by pointing out the obvious: “You know a country is overpopulated when people cannot afford to queue. In Indonesia this is visible every day at bus and train stations.” She paints a stark portrait of the inhumanity of crowds, competing for everything in short supply...
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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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