Citizen Action Monitor

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions should take precedence over economic growth,” says David Suzuki

Despite adoption of energy-efficient, low carbon sources, economic growth will likely cancel out these advances. No 2052 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “The Pan-Canadian Framework marks the first time Canada’s first … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

47 years of work on sustainability and “We’re worse off now,” says Jorgen Randers

“What went wrong?” asks this Norwegian professor of climate strategy. No 2051 Posted by fw, September 14, 2017 “Jorgen Randers’ speech at the Summer School at the Club of Rome … Continue reading

September 14, 2017

In defining what it means to prosper, capabilities for flourishing offer a good starting point, provided …

… The capabilities to flourish are “bounded within certain inevitable limits.” No 2050 Posted by fw, September 13, 2017 To put in context the synopsis of the 4th and final … Continue reading

September 13, 2017

Attempts to equate prosperity with happiness and life satisfaction fail to measure up

“To equate prosperity with happiness goes against our experience of what it means to live well.” No 2048 Posted by fw, September 10, 2017 In the preceding synopsis of Section … Continue reading

September 10, 2017

Jackson weighs suitability of ‘opulence’ and ‘utility’ as measures of societal prosperity

He finds both problematic. No 2047 Posted by fw, September 8, 2017 In today’s post, a synopsis of Section 2, Chapter 3 of Tim Jackson’s book Prosperity without Growth, Jackson … Continue reading

September 8, 2017

Mayor De Blasio tweets Trump — Don’t mess with New York City’s 30,000 DACA recipients

De Blasio, and other progressive city leaders, are leading a nationwide revolt against neoliberal policies. No 2046 Posted by fw, September 7, 2017 “The city of New York announced Tuesday … Continue reading

September 7, 2017

“The prevailing vision of prosperity as a continually expanding material paradise has come unravelled”

What’s needed now is wisdom-based vision of prosperity that nurtures human flourishing. No 2045 Posted by fw, September 6, 2017 To recap, I am in the process of writing a … Continue reading

September 6, 2017

What if a low-growth, no-growth economy became the new normal?

Tim Jackson reviews the evidence for a return to “secular stagnation.” No 2042 Posted by fw, August 28, 2017 As Jackson explained in Section 1 of Chapter 2, the “Introduction”, government … Continue reading

August 28, 2017

We learned nothing! — After 2008 disaster, it was back to business-as-usual, as-fast-as-possible

Circumstances may have changed, but the goal remained the same — renewed economic growth. No 2041 Posted by fw, August 27, 2017 As Jackson explained in Section 1 of Chapter 2, … Continue reading

August 27, 2017

Q: What led the world to the brink of economic disaster in 2008? — A: The unrelenting drive for economic growth

Pursuit of growth drove loosening of regulations, proliferation of financial derivatives, and massive expansion of public debt and private credit in decades before and during the crisis. No 2040 Posted … Continue reading

August 26, 2017

The environmental movement failed because of our addiction to economic growth

We must either conquer this addition or face the failure of civilization, says Richard Heinberg No 2036 Posted by fw, August 21, 2017 ***** “We will grow our economy while … Continue reading

August 21, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II asks economists why no one saw the 2008 financial collapse coming

If it’s a villain we want for Lost Prosperity, it appears that private and public sector indebtedness are prime suspects. No 2034 Posted by fw, August 18, 2017 For newcomers … Continue reading

August 18, 2017

Contradictions and crises of capitalism – Abby Martin interviews Peter Joseph — VIDEO

Joseph responds to Martin’s questions covering 20 topics, including one on his vision for a “democratized symbiotic ecosystem.” No 2033 Posted by fw, August 17, 2017 ***** Latest transcription updates … Continue reading

August 17, 2017

In October 2014, Peter Joseph issued a challenge — Find solutions to Market Economy problems

Until these questions are answered and problems solved, expect increasing global disorder and breakdown. No 2032 Posted by fw, August 16, 2017 In the following 25:23-minute video, published on October … Continue reading

August 16, 2017

“The ‘business-as-usual’ scenario can only lead to increasing social problems.” – Peter Joseph

Social control and oppression is structurally codified in the current socioeconomic system. No 2031 Posted by fw, August 15, 2017 “The bottom line is that when we trace the systemic … Continue reading

August 15, 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that economic growth is the surest path to prosperity

But in following that path for decades, we have not gained prosperity, we have lost it. No 2030 Posted by fw, August 14, 2017 For newcomers to this blog, I … Continue reading

August 14, 2017

Why do we fail to see the connection between economic growth and planet degradation?

Simple: a growing economy is all we know. No 2026 Posted by fw, August 08, 2017 “Beyond the limits.” That’s the title of Tim Jackson’s seventh and final section of … Continue reading

August 8, 2017

Policy makers seduced by economists’ claims that climate change can be fixed, economic growth can continue

Twenty-five years of failed UN-led climate change negotiating has brought humanity to a precipice. No 2025 Posted by fw, August 07, 2017 “Running out of planet.” That’s the title Tim … Continue reading

August 7, 2017

Are our political leaders gambling with our future by expanding economic growth?

Tim Jackson says that when resource scarcities kick in on our finite planet, it will be too late for adjustments. No 2024 Posted by fw, August 05, 2017 To recap, … Continue reading

August 5, 2017