Citizen Action Monitor

Selfish motives drive Canada’s political and business elites to press for pipeline action

Powerful capitalist elites want profits, political leaders want to retain capitalists’ support by growing the economy. No 2202 Posted by fw, April 20, 2018 “From Canada’s corporate media, oil industry, … Continue reading

April 20, 2018

Kinder Morgan suspends pipeline work, gives governments until May 31 to resolve differences

Under attack from BC and Alberta, Trudeau blames his predecessor, Stephen Harper No 2197 Posted by fw, April 9, 2018 “In Calgary Sunday afternoon, Kinder announced it was suspending ‘all non-essential activities … Continue reading

April 9, 2018

“We’re going to see this economic system spinning out of control and destroying itself” Richard Wolff

We’re besieged with economic and political theatre, anything to distract us from confronting an economic system that doesn’t work for the majority. No 2195 Posted by fw, April 3, 2018 … Continue reading

April 3, 2018

Did Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s BC Wine Boycott just backfire?

“Social media is going wild in support of B.C. vino,” says Dogwood citizen action network. No 2159 Posted by fw, February 7, 2018 “Yesterday Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a boycott … Continue reading

February 7, 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

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

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

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

What’s wrong with capitalism? — A 2:18-minute video explains how capitalism is killing us

Either we evolve beyond capitalism or we won’t have a future. No 2126 Posted by fw, December 16, 2017 “Our leaders will tell us that these ideas [to dethrone capitalism] … Continue reading

December 16, 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