Citizen Action Monitor

Big oil given 70 years to clean up tar sands waste, despite soaring cancer rates in First Nation communities

Will taxpayers be left to pick up the tab if oil companies declare bankruptcy? – Supreme Court to hear case related to that question. No 2155 Posted by fw, January … Continue reading

January 31, 2018

Team Trudeau’s “massive loophole” would let carbon polluters escape paying millions in carbon taxes

Don’t let Trudeau pose as a “climate leader.” Help Leadnow blow the whistle on “This sneaky move.” No 2154 Posted by fw, January 30, 2018 Yesterday I received the following … Continue reading

January 30, 2018

US grad students don’t despair over GOP tax bill — they organize for a just cause

Grads see union membership as way to oppose Trump’s corporatist agenda and anti-intellectualism. No 2153 Posted by fw, January 29, 2018 “Not surprisingly, when graduate students heard that the Republican … Continue reading

January 29, 2018

The vision for an economy of tomorrow is not utopian. It’s not a Western post-materialist fantasy

The vision is about taking simple steps towards an economics fit for a meaningful prosperity on a finite planet. No 2152 Posted by fw, January 27, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 27, 2018

Will the emergence of a post-growth economy mean the end of capitalism as we have known it?

Jackson calls for a focus on growing the “economy of tomorrow”, don’t waste time on “irresolvable turf wars.” No 2151 Posted by fw, January 26, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 26, 2018

Jackson alleges that today’s growth-driven economy unjustly oppresses human flourishing

If we are to create a prosperity without growth, we must envision a different kind of economy. No 2150 Posted by fw, January 22, 2018 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

January 22, 2018

How do we help people to move beyond the “iron cage of consumerism?”

Consumerism has gutted our sense of common purpose, lost are opportunities for citizens to share a common life. No 2149 Posted by fw, January 20, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 20, 2018

Could “prosperity without growth” provide a framework within which to make sense of our existence?

The role of this framework, this “sacred canopy,” is to keep us from despair when confronted with existential threats. No 2148 Posted by fw, January 19, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 19, 2018

Tim Jackson is blunt. Our situation is dire: “Society is faced with a profound dilemma.”

In his final chapter, he recaps key arguments and explains the critical importance of achieving prosperity without growth. No 2147 Posted by fw, January 18, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 18, 2018

The promise of a governance for prosperity in a much-to-be-desired progressive State

“The progressive State is the basis for a renewed vision of governance, the foundation for a lasting prosperity.” No 2146 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

Tim Jackson outlines four broad policy themes for a post-growth society

He underscores the importance of input from constituents in the process of government policymaking. No 2145 Posted by fw, January 17, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without … Continue reading

January 17, 2018

Government is caught in a “dilemma of growth” – It’s time to move beyond this conflicted state, says Jackson

A half-century of the governmentality of growth has come at the expense of policies for the common good. No 2144 Posted by fw, January 15, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 15, 2018

“Governmentality” – the way governments try to produce citizens best suited to fulfill their own policies

Decades of neoliberal regimes have practiced the unsustainable, ecologically destructive, governmentality of growth. No 2143 Posted by fw, January 14, 2018 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018

Jackson builds a case for government as a “commitment device” to escape the “iron cage of consumerism’”

But will our selfish pursuit of affluence continue to erode and undermine government’s role as a commitment device? No 2142 Posted by fw, January 13, 2017 To access all other … Continue reading

January 13, 2018

BREAKING — NYC to divest pension funds from fossil fuels, sue Big Oil & Gas for climate change damages

350.org petition PM Trudeau to keep his promise for a “proper review” of  Teck Frontier tar sands mine. Today I received the following email from Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein … Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Golden Globe’s support for #MeToo a wretched spectacle of identity politics at their worst

Hollywood millionaire celebrities devote entire evening to feeling sorry for themselves, says WSWS news source. No 2141 Posted by fw, January 10, 2018 “This year’s Golden Globe Awards, with its … Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Tar Sands – Canada’s dirty and dangerous obstacle to a carbon-free global energy system

Calculations show winding down tar sands production crucial for Canada to achieve carbon reduction targets. No 2140 Posted by fw, January 9, 2018 “We examine two interrelated questions here. First, … Continue reading

January 9, 2018

Towards an understanding of “common pool resources” and the state’s role in supporting the common good

“Common pool resources” consist of natural or human-made systems, such as forests, water, the atmosphere and irrigation systems. No 2139 Posted by fw, January 8, 2018 To access all other … Continue reading

January 8, 2018

In response to the 2008 financial crisis, the protective role of the state privileged powerful corporations

Ordinary citizens now perceive the state as corrupted by private interests and impotent to act in the public interest. No 2138 Posted by fw, January 7, 2018 To access all … Continue reading

January 7, 2018