Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.
An announcement yesterday from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had the usual pro-growth perspective, and Reuters dutifully spread the cultural programming that keeps the growth myth alive, with:
Fed Upbeat on U.S. Economy, Cites Strong Job Gains
This line from the story pretty well sums up the tone and belief system of both the Fed and Reuters reporters Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider:
"Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace,’ the Fed said in a statement that marked an upgrade to its prior assessment of a ‘moderate pace’ of growth."
Throughout this story, we find the usual evidence of...
40 years ago China wised up and realized no good was coming from its ride on the hockey-stick shaped curve of exponential population growth. Not everyone is thrilled about that nation’s solution. China’s one-child policy has been derided as oppressive, and there is no doubt its implementation left much to be desired. However, the reasoning behind the policy was quite sound.
It is particularly troubling, therefore, to find growth boosters and birth-dearthers coming out of the woodwork to cry out for Chinese women to begin pumping out workers. None of these boosters is asking for more beautiful children, who will grow...
Today we honor Australia’s ABC Radio program, RN Breakfast, for including an alternate view of what is universally characterized as “gloomy” global economic growth forecasts. All-too-often we hear that less economic growth is bad news, from the high priests of the church of growth everlasting (politicians, bankers, and economists), and that’s ALL we hear. Last Friday RN Breakfast Producer Claire Stewart did what few journalists do. She invited Australian multi-millionaire philanthropist and sustainability activist Dick Smith to offer his perspective:
“The present form of growth that our economic system requires—which is basically perpetual growth in the use of energy and resources—is not...
Nafeez Ahmed ends his essay honored today on the Wall of Fame with:
“…welcome to 2015: a year when our choices could determine the future of the planet.”
The good news: he is not as pessimistic as the headline I’ve given this post might suggest. I cannot recommend this read highly enough. Ahmed, who has previously earned Wall of Fame honors, does a great job writing seriously and credibly, but not so intellectually as to render his work a dreadful bore to the everyday citizen.
The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 on Motherboard very clearly outlines a perspective on the ongoing...
These days I don’t have to look far for examples of near-sighted thinking by those delivering our news. Here’s an interesting item:
“Japanese people aren't having enough kids to sustain a healthy economy.”
Could it be that erectile dysfunction is leading to economic dysfunction? Let me count the unexamined assumptions in this Washington Post blog by Max Fisher:
Japan’s Sexual Apathy is Endangering the Global Economy
Fisher starts with the assumption that more is better. Japan has the world’s third-largest economy, he points out, and that apparently makes it “a significant factor [in] everyone else's economic well-being.” If Japan isn’t buying...