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Reich: Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism I’ve shamed Robert Reich a few times at Growth Bias Busted for expressing views that seem to value immigrants as economic pawns rather than human beings, and keep the U.S. hooked on both economic and population growth. It’s a pleasure today to honor a recent Reich commentary on the Wall of Fame. I know he is a man with good intentions, and they shine through in The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism. “…managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called “Market Basket” have joined together to oppose the board of director’s decision earlier in the year to oust...
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Smith & Turner Lead Important Dialogue at National Press Club Australia’s National Press Club hosted millionaire businessmen Dick Smith and Graham Turner to discuss population growth in Australia yesterday. Both have been outspoken advocates of sustainable population policies. You can see video of the full event here. The fact that both are millionaires raises the question – did they have to “rent” the Press Club to hold this event? Or did the Press Club actually organize it? If the club organized the forum, then our congratulations are in order. At the very least, I’d like to honor the journalists who attended and covered the event, not to mention Smith and Turner,...
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Obama Tops This Poll: Clueless or Lying on Joy of Economic Growth U.S. President Barack Obama led the polling this week for worst offense on our Wall of Shame. I’d like to think it was the cool hot rod graphic I created, but I’m pretty sure it was his either being clueless or intentionally lying in the interest of political expediency. In Obama: Hot Rod Economy Braggadocio we took him to task for celebrating the “revving” of economic engines. That’s the sound of a race to climate disruption, habitat destruction, water and air toxification, and resource depletion. Unfortunately, the President is a repeat offender here. See Congress Should Take Action to Continue Growing...
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The Real Threat to Our Drinking Water Two major cities this year went without water for days due to contaminated supplies. David S. Beckman’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times uses these instances to remind us that “controlling water pollution is not a “set it and forget it” endeavor.” I have no gripe with this, and the steps recommended are all important. However, I am putting this piece on the Wall of Shame today to make a point about what is missing from Beckman’s list of remedies: ending population growth.  Environmentalists, conservationists and other activists often choose an area of focus; it’s very challenging to take on all...
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NewYork Times: Economic Engines Not Revving Enough Yesterday we hoisted U.S. President Barack Obama onto the Wall of Shame for representing 4% GDP growth as good news and bragging, “our engines are revving.” Today, the New York Times Editorial Board joins the President, for opining that the engines aren’t revving enough. In Growth Without Jobs, the Times complains about, “job growth that is too weak, wages that are too low and workweeks that are too short.” The Times editorial board provides us with the usual tripe about needing more work and higher pay. I am waiting for the board to step back and examine the assumptions behind this line...
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