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Good News: Stock Market Meltdown When the system shakes, the pro-growth mindset of journalists seems less about bias than it is about the cold, harsh reality that our economy is built to run on growth. The global stock market plummet is offering up instructive examples of our system’s desperate dependence on growth.   US Stocks Tumble on Global Slowdown Fears was illustrated at Yahoo! News by photos of Asian investors suffering angst, presumably over the state of their own investments. But the angst extends much farther. “Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its...
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Destroy the Planet - American as Apple Pie We’ve grown used to having “more” year after year. In the U.S., we’ve been riding high on the exploitation of what was, a few hundred years ago, an entire continent of untapped resources. So we've come to expect rising incomes and a materially bigger standard of living with each passing year. We believe we’re entitled to it. We’ve been calling it “The American Dream.” Forty years into overshoot, as the rubber band begins to snap us back to living within our means on planet Earth, no doubt many people will be slow to accept the reality of what it takes for 7...
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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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