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Germany Exploits Immigrants to Feed Growth Addiction The headline for this news story just screams for a spot on the Wall of Shame: Germany Opens Doors to Immigrants to Fuel Economy It might even seem compassionate on the surface, but there is so much wrong with the thinking behind both this public policy and the unquestioning reporting: “Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development determined that Germany is the world’s second most popular destination for immigrants after the United States.” That’s a fact, and there is nothing wrong with reporting the facts. But the story is then turned over to a growth booster: “Unlike many other countries...
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Are Advanced Economies Mature Enough to Handle No Growth? This piece is not from the mainstream media, and it seems to be a little unclear or undecided in its premise, but I’m honoring it on the Wall of Fame today because it is among the most thoughtful writing about what lies ahead as we experience the end of economic growth. “While some ‘the end of growth is nigh’ types are simply expressing doubt that 20th century rates of increase can be attained in an era of resource scarcity, others see a low-growth future as attractive, even virtuous, with smaller, more autonomous, more cohesive communities.” Here Yves Smith was referring to people...
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Fairy Tale from U.S. Chamber Takes the Week The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was voted biggest offense this week on the Wall of Shame, for Letting Economic Growth Increase Our Ability to Lead Cleaner Lives. Hesitant to repeat a misleading headline like that, our critique was titled U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Keep Calm and Plunder the Planet. Readers agreed with our decision to take issue with David Chavern, President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation. Chavern advocated continued growth of the human enterprise on the false premise that economic growth will generate the wealth to pay for techno-fixes to the problems growth creates. It’s a common...
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Keep Calm and Plunder the Planet One of the biggest growth-pushers is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so it’s not surprising to see the Chamber responsible for today’s classic example of boosterism. In Letting Economic Growth Increase Our Ability to Lead Cleaner Lives, David Chavern, President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, cherry-picks the data to perpetuate the myth that our life-supporting ecosystems are better off for economic growth. “Falls Church, like much of the East Coast, was completely denuded of trees in the 18th and 19th centuries in order to support agriculture, building and energy needs. What turned that around and allowed...
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New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse The UK Guardian consistently puts the rest of the mainstream newspapers to shame with more candid and comprehensive reporting on issues related to growth and sustainability. Still, a headline like Monday’s gets my attention:  Limits to Growth Was Right. New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse “Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.” Before we get too excited and start blowing kisses in the Guardian’s direction: this COULD easily qualify for coverage as news. But, as is too often the...
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