What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Monbiot on Growth: Burning Down the House to Keep Warm In the wake of the latest G20 finance meeting, talk is heating up about the possibility of global economic growth stalling out. Yesterday I took the global media to task for myopically joining in the hand-wringing of growth-addicted world leaders, without so much as a nod to the destruction involved in attempting to perpetuate economic growth on a full planet. I hadn’t found a single instance of full and accurate reporting that included the very real costs of pursuing continued growth. One instance turned up. In Growth: The Destructive God that Can Never be Appeased, George Monbiot earns Wall of Fame honors...
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Red Lights Flashing for Global Economy What is the emergency? Sure enough, we are worried about slowing economic growth. AP reporter Danica Kirka filed this story summarizing the state of the world’s economies. The headline actually was suggested by an opinion piece in the UK Guardian written by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron had left the most recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, with serious concerns. Serious enough to flip on the flashing red warning lights on his batmobile, or whatever it is he travels in while racing about to get the world’s economies back into planet liquidation mode. The G20 leaders promised to do their part: “…the...
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Against Productivity I thought I’d share and honor on the Wall of Fame today a commentary unlike what we usually feature at Growth Bias Busted. Journalist Quinn Norton’s essay about “the American dream” and productivity is long on emotional insight and short on factoids. It touched me, and I think – if you slow down long enough to read it – it will touch you, too. I’d like to thank Quinn for writing it. “We dream now of making Every Moment Count, of achieving flow and never leaving, creating one project that must be better than the last, of working harder and smarter. We multitask,...
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If You Like a Healthy Local Environment, Thank a NIMBY Two weeks ago we featured the story of some citizens in Malibu, California, who were wresting control of major land-use decisions from a city council that too often bows to developer influence. One commentator took the unusual position of defending NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). Today we honor another NIMBY defense, this one in Southern Maryland Online, by long-time environmental journalist Tom Horton. Horton comments on thinking that too often stops people, cities, states and nations from adopting sustainable population policies. It always starts with a conversation like this: “Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Who are you to say how many...
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Science vs. Fiction on Economic Growth Several weeks ago pop economist Paul Krugman, writing in his New York Times column, kicked off a global debate about whether we can forever grow our economy. Actually this kicked off an entertaining episode of a global debate that has been around for decades, if not a few centuries. I call him a pop economist here today because, frankly, I’m impatient. I’m growing tired of his telling the populace what it wants to hear. This is a professor of economics. It is time he came to terms with limits to growth. Scientist Ugo Bardi, author of The Limits to Growth Revisited, weighed...
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