Citizen Action Monitor

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

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

The ominous day when real life in Trump’s administration imitated George Orwell’s art, “1984”

By eliminating the official use of seven words, “the uncritical minds of our time will be unable to think unorthodox thoughts” No 2137 Posted by fw, January 5, 2018 “There … Continue reading

January 5, 2018

Faced with “a captured, powerless, inefficient government’, Jackson explores a new role for the state

Can we envision a new role for government, one suited to thrive in a resource-constrained, warming world? No 2135 Posted by fw, January 4, 2018 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

January 4, 2018

“The time is now for a mass movement of people saying ‘We want something different.’”

“We actually know what we need to do; it’s a question of how we do it.” – Stewart Wallis No 2134 Posted by fw, January 3, 2018 “The time is … Continue reading

January 3, 2018

Fragmented US resistance movements fail to understand the nature of the system they’re up against

“The consequences are frightening because we’re dealing with the possibility of destruction of all life” No 2133 Posted by fw, January 1, 2018 “I think the mainstream media and actually … Continue reading

January 1, 2018

Ed Finn rips Canada’s governments and citizenry for tolerating social impoverishment policies

Where “free market” ideology rules, life is a “free-for-all brawl” that does not look kindly on those at the bottom. No 2131 Posted by fw, December 27, 2017 “The horrific … Continue reading

December 27, 2017

Ralph Nader skewers “Deceiver-in-Chief” Trump and Republicans over “tax cuts” and other lies

Voters who continue to believe Trump and his serial political liars “are entrenching a tyranny over themselves.” No 2129 Posted by fw, December 20, 2017 “Imagine an app that can … Continue reading

December 20, 2017

Do The Math — Global investments in renewables “too little, too late” to meet transition challenge we face

We’re failing because the transition is politically inconceivable – we’re unwilling to make the sacrifices. No 2124 Posted by fw, December 14, 2017 “The idea of the energy transition (“energiewende” … Continue reading

December 14, 2017

In his concluding section of Chapter 9, Jackson foresees the emergence of a post-growth macroeconomics

Beyond the growth dilemma, a new macroeconomics will improve “the quality of our society and the integrity of our environment.” No 2123 Posted by fw, December 13, 2017 To access … Continue reading

December 13, 2017

Government has a vital stabilizing role to play during a transition to a post-growth economy, says Jackson

“The principle of increasing government public spending when output falls and reducing public spending when output rises proved remarkably robust.” No 2122 Posted by fw, December 12, 2017 To access … Continue reading

December 12, 2017

Tim Jackson and Peter Victor successfully challenge the conjecture that credit creates a “growth imperative”

And another argument against a post-growth economics turns out to be false. No 2121 Posted by fw, December 12, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

December 12, 2017