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Zombie Economy - Living Bubble I don’t know that this piece from Nation of Change’s Chris Kanthan really fits in with the majority of stories on Growth Bias Busted. We strive to find stories that either blatantly call out the mass media bias or reinforce it. But this piece doesn’t really do either. However, Kanthan certainly makes some sobering points that are all part of the bigger picture. So let’s see how it plays. “Imagine the reaction you would get if you walked into an off-the-hook fraternity party and shouted, ‘Stop this party! There are too many drunk people and some of you are going to...
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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Mammon Today, amongst other things, I am thankful for having four stories in a row on the Wall of Fame. In the midst of all the buildup to the impending holiday shopping season, there has been an inspiring amount of resistance against the rampant consumerism as well. And today we celebrate another journalist who can see the forest for the trees…our favorite Texan…Jim Hightower. One of his recent op-eds for Nation of Change lambasts the corporate greed and obsession with growth that is taking over holiday traditions. “This is the season of mass consumerism, bucko. So lift your tail-end out of that...
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Low Consumption Lifestyle?  What a Laugh… After yesterday’s Growth Bias Busted post I think we could all use a good dose of conscientiousness, wisdom, and sanity.  And thankfully Thomas Magstadt has provided that in his Op-Ed for Nation of Change.  Apparently there is hope for journalism, and humanity, after all.  Phew. This wonderfully insightful article addresses why the issues of conservation and population are still taboo, why no one really wants to have a serious discussion about them.  In referencing another piece I wrote about concerning cell phone manufacturing and turnover, a dear and likeminded friend called me a Killjoy.  I had no idea!  But this is...
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Financing Future Economic Growth Gary Reber is right about a lot of things in Financing Future Economic Growth With FUTURE SAVINGS Solutions to Protect America from Economic Decline. However, this op-ed piece at Nation of Change also suffers from an array of unexamined assumptions. The first, of course, is the assumption that continued economic growth in the U.S. is possible, and the second is that it’s desirable. It’s hard to blame Reber for thinking inside the same box most of the country is stuck in: “The entire country could follow Detroit's lead as tectonic shifts in the technologies of production and globalization to produce at the...
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