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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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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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Jeb Bush Promises Relentless Destruction of Life-Support Systems In a U.S. presidential campaign kickoff speech yesterday, the third member of the Bush dynasty trifecta met Hillary Clinton’s bigger-chicken-in-every-pot bet (my words), and raised her one: "So many challenges could be overcome if we just get this economy growing at full strength. There is not a reason in the world why we cannot grow at a rate of four percent a year. And that will be my goal as president - four percent growth, and the 19 million new jobs that come with it.” Bush finds a spot on the Wall of Shame today for promising robust economic growth, without...
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