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The Fallacy of Economic Growth

Political elites, both on the Right and on the Left, seem to agree on the necessity of constant economic growth, even at the cost of ecological catastrophe. They say we need growth in order to deal with present social problems, but can it be that this narrative is a fallacy?

The Most Important and Misleading Assumption in the World

Why should we make policy using economic models that don’t reflect what should be obvious to a third-grader?

Macro and Climate Economics: It's Time to Talk about the "Elephant in the Room"

Economic macroeconomic models is the so-called elephant in the room that, unfortunately, almost no one talks about or seeks to improve.

Fantasies of “Socialism with an iPad”?: Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams: Review

Sometimes you read a book that helps to crystalize your thinking, not because you agree with it, but because you don’t.

The Discrete Charm of Economic Growth

We face the real possibility that, far from a case in which we are the principals and those in charge of the economy are honest agents — with the state reflecting the spontaneous preferences of the public and the corporate economy functioning as a sort of “dollar democracy” …

China: Is peak coal part of its problem?

Why would a country selectively decide to slow down the growth of the fuel that has made its current “boom” possible? 

Worrying Deceleration In The Growth Rate of Wind & Solar

Scale and complexity issues are becoming a significant impediment to maintaining wind and solar growth rates.     

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up

It is time to reframe the debate to recognize that we have pushed growth in material consumption beyond Earth’s environmental limits.

Debt: The Key Factor Connecting Energy and the Economy

There are many who believe that the use of energy is critical to the growth of the economy. In fact, I am among these people. The thing that is not as apparent is that growth in energy consumption is dependent on the growth of debt.

Exit from the Megamachine

Opening a newspaper or listening to the radio news exposes us to a flood of catastrophic messages: devastating droughts, failing states, terrorist attacks, and financial crashes.

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