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Growth Framing: How We are Duped by a Mirage A very important set of observations about journalism was published recently by The Guardian. I congratulate the newspaper, and authors Laurence and Alison Matthews, for illuminating a  dangerous journalistic phenomenon in: Good, Natural, Malignant: Five Ways People Frame Economic Growth “Framing” is a very appropriate way to describe the way growth issues are reported in our news media. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written Framespotting, a guide to help us notice and become aware of how our perception and judgment are manipulated by framing. “The way financial growth is framed determines everything from how we address poverty and inequality to how we...
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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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Britain: End Cash for Kids On a full planet, should governments pay parents to conceive children? This is not a question frequently asked, yet welfare payments, parental assistance and tax credits in some countries subsidize large families. I was astonished to read this headline last week: Budget 2015: Child Tax Credits to be Limited to TWO Children after 2017 This story about Britain’s next budget highlighted a few significant changes in the nation’s welfare program. “George Osborne has announced that families who have a third child will not receive more child support than they would for two children.” We sometimes applaud sustainable public policy proposals here on...
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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly on World Population Day World Population Day brought out the crazies along with the intelligent and articulate. I was disappointed at first in what I was seeing in the media about World Population Day this year, observed on July 11. The UN, after all, chooses a different theme each year, rather than hammering home that the world is overpopulated and we have the tools in our hands to do something about it. This year’s distraction is "Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies."   World Population Day 2015: Facts, Figures and Consequences of Overpopulation Patience, however, was rewarded. A few journalists did choose to write about what’s really important....
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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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