What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Truthout Scores a Near-Miss on Overpopulation Reporting I’m not a fan of “population control.” Never use that phrase. I believe couples the world over will voluntarily choose to have very small families if they have full information about the world’s current state of overshoot, and if they have access to affordable contraception. No control needed. So this headline caught my eye: Addressing Population Growth - Through Freedom, Not Control - Is Crucial to Confronting Climate Disruption Seemed a likely candidate for the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. The piece itself, however – written by Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail – turns out to be a rather...
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Ralph Nader on Media Bias The stories, perspectives, and – yes, even the myths – fed to us in the media on a daily basis serve to define and reinforce our culture. The media’s role in buttressing our culture of growth prompted us to launch Growth Bias Busted in 2013. Usually we highlight the pro-growth mythology in the media, but today I want to share and recommend an essay ABOUT the media. In Mainstream Media: Who Gets On and Who Does Not, Ralph Nader spotlights one aspect of this media bias. “Editors bristle at the notion that they are anything but fair and objective. Sure, they...
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Pope Francis World’s Top Capitalist Paul B. Farrell and Marketwatch earn Wall of Fame honors today with The 1 Reason Pope Francis is Becoming the World’s Top Capitalist. It’s always notable when financial “experts” and financial news organizations address the destructive force of overpopulation. It's one more chink in the armor of the silent conspiracy, the great taboo against discussing population. Farrell has a problem with the Pope’s duplicity: “…he warned capitalism is ‘the root cause of all the world’s ills.’ True he warned that ‘consumerism is a poison.” Yet: “…the pope’s created a steady supply of consumers for capitalists….” In defense of this natural world...
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NYU Unsustainable Urban Expansion Program Thanks to Participant Media’s TakePart website for the photo essay, The 10 Least Affordable Housing Markets in the World. It’s based on data from the 11th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. What TakePart’s Liz Dwyer did is distill a 69-page report into this list of the least affordable cities: Hong Kong Vancouver Sydney San Jose San Francisco Melbourne London San Diego Auckland Los Angeles The ranking takes income levels into account, so a city with high housing costs but high average income makes the list only because the housing prices are super-high even in relation to incomes. Note that the...
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New York Times: Growth Not Working Out So Well This headline in last Friday’s New York Times opinion section got my attention: When the Growth Model Fails It’s definitely worthy of the Wall of Fame when a major news organization acknowledges that our current growth model is failing. While this opinion piece does not necessarily reflect the view of the New York Times editorial board, I do thank the Times for publishing it. How the failure of the current growth model is interpreted and the solutions explored can vary widely. This piece by Paris School of Economics professor Daniel Cohen comes at the subject from a decidedly non-ecological perspective, so it...
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