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A headline like this pretty much guarantees a place of honor on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. It’s attention-getting. It’s true. And it’s extremely rare. That’s precisely WHY there is a Growth Bias Busted. In order for our culture to mature from its economic adolescence, we need to celebrate and laud those who are writing our new cultural narrative. And we need to shame those who keep reinforcing the same, tired fairy tales about the pot of gold at the end of the growth rainbow. We can always count on Gar Alperovitz to write intelligently and provocatively about our economic growth follies. Professor of political economy at...
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This one is a classic. Another archetypal news article that drills it into your head: Economic growth…gooooood. Not having everything hinge on rising GDP, caring about sustainability of resources, and valuing a healthy, happy life… baaaaaaaad. I mean, how is there time to worry about all the latter when you have to worry about constantly growing GDP? It is, after all, the planet around which all else orbits. This CNN Money article by Sophia Yan tells about the woes of the Chinese economy as they face a predicted measly 7.3% GDP growth. The crisis now: China's economy lost momentum in the first quarter and growth in 2014 could fall short of...
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Last Sunday’s New York Times made our Wall of Fame on Monday with an intelligent op-ed about how declining fertility rates is more good news than bad. Our global obsession with economic growth, however, joins overpopulation on the list of humankind’s suicidal behaviors. So my delight on Sunday was tempered somewhat by the Off the Shelf book review of G.D.P.: A Brief but Affectionate History, also in the  Sunday Times. By my judgment, apparently the book is too brief, and overly affectionate. Fred Andrews’ pro-growth perspective is apparent throughout his review. This probably means the book doesn’t offer the important and enlightened view of GDP we so badly need: Our obsession...
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It gets my attention whenever a syndicated columnist considers the possibility we are experiencing the end of economic growth. While that is a bit beyond the grasp of Washington Post economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson, he gets close in this week’s column: “Since the Great Recession, the bland (often unstated) premise has been that the economy would ultimately recover in full. Now, some economists question this and argue that the economic crisis created — or exposed — enduring weaknesses…. Even when producing at “full capacity,” the economy will grow more slowly than in the past or than had been expected.” I’m so glad to see writers pondering the reasons for this...
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Our amazing run of journalism to celebrate continues, with our 7th straight Wall of Fame post. Today’s honor goes to Christopher Doyle at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), for Environmental Impact to Worsen Over Time. This is the first news story we’ve seen about this phenomenon (and the ONLY story about this study). “Having picked most of the 'low hanging fruit', humans are now putting more effort into extracting useful materials, and a new study says the associated environmental impacts are only going to grow.” Stanford Biologist Paul Ehrlich mentions this often; in fact he brought this news story to my attention. “The reason for the increasing environmental impact over time...
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After setting a Growth Bias Busted record with an entire week’s worth of exemplary journalism on the Wall of Fame, I was sure today we’d be back to roasting a journalist on the Wall of Shame for some pro-growth bias. But no, we have more good news today, this interview with economics professor emeritus Clair Brown published at the website of the U.S. television series, Moyers & Company. “What would incorporating moral values into the realm of economics look like in practice?” I want to give a shout out to Moyers Senior Digital Producer Joshua Holland for conducting this interview and writing it up. And a nod to Bill Moyers. Moyers...
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