Citizen Action Monitor

Why do rich societies with lots of material goods, show few signs of meaningful social participation?

Given weak evidence of our ability to flourish, it is even more puzzling why rich societies pursue material growth. No 2087 Posted by fw, October 30, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

October 30, 2017

Insatiable consumer desire aside, people are capable of restraining spending in times of economic crisis

But no escaping the growth dilemma — spending restraint during a crisis deepens and lengthens the recession. No 2086 Posted by fw, October 29, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

October 29, 2017

Duplicitous PM Trudeau slammed for breaking his climate change promise to the world in Paris

Rafe Mair calls the PM to account for choosing LNG and Kinder Morgan over climate and democracy. No 2085 Posted by fw, October 27, 2017 “You have sung such lovely … Continue reading

October 27, 2017

Capitalism is a “blatant failure,” declares Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s new prime minister

Measures used to gauge economic success “have to change” to take into account “people’s ability to actually have a meaningful life”. No 2084 Posted by fw, October 26, 2017 “Jacinda … Continue reading

October 26, 2017

The production of novelty through creative destruction sharpens the appetite for novelty in consumers

But novelty-driven consumerism, by failing to advance social progress, has created an “anxiety of the empty self”. No 2083 Posted by fw, October 24, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

October 24, 2017

”Consumer culture perpetuates itself precisely because it succeeds so well at failure!”

The sheer novelty of new things carries a symbolic meaning that excites us, promises to fulfill the dreams and desires inspired by our consumer culture. No 2082 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

October 23, 2017

Capitalism’s structural dynamic “undermines the interests of those it’s supposed to serve”

Does a self-perpetuating system of “creative destruction” contribute to prosperity in any meaningful sense? No 2081 Posted by fw, October 22, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without … Continue reading

October 22, 2017

America has lost its freedom to “a collection of anti-science whack jobs straight out of the middle ages”

And things have gotten much worse with the arrival of “Herr Trump”, says author John Atcheson. No 2080 Posted by fw, October 19, 2017 “It’s not news to most people … Continue reading

October 20, 2017

US federal court dismisses Canadian forest company’s SLAPP lawsuit against two environmental NGOs

Victory delivered a “knockout punch” to Resolute Forest Products’ attempt to intimidate Greenpeace and STAND.earth No 2079 Posted by fw, October 19, 2017 “Months ago, Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s … Continue reading

October 19, 2017

Did citizen’s social media action fend off Enbridge’s attempt to silence anti-pipeline activist group?

STAND.earth’s office was raided in attempt to collect on $14,000 in court costs awarded to Enbridge in 2014 legal battle. No 2078 Posted by fw, October 19, 2017 “Two sheriffs … Continue reading

October 19, 2017

“The drive toward Internet censorship in the United States is already far advanced”

We are witnessing the “destruction of democratic” rights by political, corporate and media elites to prevent growth of working class discontent. No 2077 Posted by fw, October 18, 2017 “The … Continue reading

October 18, 2017

“Capitalism” — an elusive concept that appears in numerous varieties, says Tim Jackson

Whatever its definition, the question remains: Are any of these varieties of capitalism possible without growth? No 2076 Posted by fw, October 16, 2017 To access all other synopses from … Continue reading

October 16, 2017

The profit motive, entwined with consumer demand, lock us into an ‘Iron Cage’ of consumerism

“It is entirely fanciful to suppose that ‘deep’ emission and resource cuts can be achieved without confronting the structure of market economies.” No 2075 Posted by fw, October 14, 2017 … Continue reading

October 14, 2017

Trump’s rejection of climate change creates a “malignant normality”, it becomes the rule …

“… because what a president does tends to normalize potentially bad, evil or destructive behavior.” No 2074 Posted by fw, October 13, 2017 “… now we have visual evidence in … Continue reading

October 13, 2017

Canada’s Commissioner of Environment flunks feds on climate change performance

Federal government clear on desire, big on promises, short on action. No 2073 Posted by fw, October 12, 2017 “The federal government has been clear in its desire for action … Continue reading

October 12, 2017

“Simple arithmetic reveals stark choices,” forewarns ecological economist Tim Jackson

If we are committed to combat the climate crisis, our current direction is entirely wrong. No 2072 Posted by fw, October 10, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 10, 2017

Could relative decoupling proceed fast enough to achieve real reductions in emissions?

Jackson turns to arithmetic for an answer and finds an economy in 2100 completely different than the one we have now. No 2071 Posted by fw, October 9, 2017 To … Continue reading

October 9, 2017

There’s no historical evidence of absolute decoupling of GDP from resource use between 1990-2008

On the contrary, studies show that material consumption and economic output are very strongly coupled. No 2070 Posted by fw, October 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

October 6, 2017

From an historical perspective, Tim Jackson finds no reliable, conclusive evidence for relative decoupling

The world’s input amount of material and energy resources used in production is not declining as fast as the increase in global growth of the economy. No 2069 Posted by … Continue reading

October 5, 2017