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Blackstone Advisor: Not Enough Consumers I’m saving the best for last, so stay with me. This statement from a Blackstone Advisory Partners executive in his Market Commentary blog got my attention: “An exhaustive and important study by the McKinsey Global Institute concludes that over the next 50 years population growth will decline to .3% annually.  If productivity continues to contribute 1.8%, overall [GDP] growth will decline to 2.1%, a rate 40% less than during the past half-century.  The implications of this slowdown on global changes in the standard of living and investment opportunities could be enormous.”  Right off the bat, either McKinsey or Blackstone are assuming 2.1% annual...
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Overpopulation: Candidates Run for the Hills A news report about political candidates in England debating population policy makes the Wall of Fame today because, well, this is a conversation we never see in the U.S.  Kent Election Candidates Clash Over Population Growth For some reason, we can always count on Australians and the English to have more candid conversations about this subject. "At a BBC debate, Russ Timpson called for a conversation about how many people could live ‘on this island.’ The Tory, UKIP and Labour candidates on the panel said they understood him to mean limits on having children, respectively describing his comments as chilling, astonishing...
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Prosperity from Growth (for Developers) I honor David Schwartz of Chapel Hill, North Carolina today for this recent commentary in The News/Observer: Growth Pays, If You’re A Developer  Schwartz tells us: “Growth doesn’t pay for itself.” He highlights the observations of Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann: “During his long public service career, he has had ample opportunity to observe, in fast-growing areas such as central Florida, northern Virginia, and now here in the Triangle, that the costs communities incur to provide services to growing populations – costs for schools, roads, buses, police, fire, parks – exceed the new revenues that growth brings.” Schwartz next points out...
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Save the Planet and Sleep Soundly The decision of whether to have children, or how many children to have, is worthy of very serious consideration. We honor Amanda Chatel and Bustle today for offering this conversation: 7 Reasons To Not Have Kids That Are Supported By Science, Because You Are Never Getting That Sleep Back Giving up a lot of sleep is a great, tongue-in-cheek way to get some attention. Though it is true, it probably sounds a little selfish. Truth be told, however, bringing children into this world is a more selfish act. Chatel catalogues some of the downsides to parenthood here. “…becoming a parent has some...
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Growth Kool-Aid from USA Today USA Today makes the Wall of Shame today for biased reporting. This story by Paul Davidson and Doug Carroll clearly demonstrates how unexamined assumptions pervade economics reporting and reinforce the myths that are driving our civilization off a cliff: What to Watch in Economic News This Week That seems innocuous enough, but that apparent innocence actually adds to a story’s power to define our culture of growth. The growthisms throughout this story are presented not as one perspective, but as universal truths. That leaves readers with the impression they are uncontested; that there are no negative consequences of our endless pursuit...
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