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Chapter 4 of “Prosperity without Growth” — Tim Jackson finds himself on the horns of a dilemma.

“The Dilemma of Growth” — Growth looks ecologically unsustainable; Yet it appears essential for lasting prosperity. No 2058 Posted by fw, September 20, 2017 In Chapter 3, Redefining Prosperity, of … Continue reading

September 20, 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

“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

BLOCKBUSTER research findings: Age of endlessly growing industrial capitalism is over

Long decline of capitalism began decades ago, will accelerate before end of this century, signaling an urgent need to rewrite economics to fit real world. No 2039 Posted by fw, August … Continue reading

August 24, 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

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

First Greece, now Britain — Tory government sells off public assets to pay for failed economic plan

Citizens are left to shoulder the burden of government incompetence. No 2029 Posted by fw, August 13, 2017 “Back in March 2016 I wrote a piece for the European Financial … Continue reading

August 13, 2017

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, the cost to Britain is running into £ trillions

What hard lessons did civil society learn, and what plans are afoot to transform the banking sector? Are there lessons here for Canada’s civil society? No 2028 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

August 13, 2017

“Prosperity Without Growth?” – Tim Jackson on how a report started a conversation whose time had come

Why Number 10 Downing Street ironically “went ballistic” when the report landed on the PM’s desk. No 2010 Posted by fw, July 18, 2017 “‘Number 10 has gone ballistic,’ barked … Continue reading

July 18, 2017

Prof Bill Rees is back, advocating planned de-growth toward a quasi steady state economy

“Perversely, the world community prescribes still greater material growth as the only feasible solution!” No 2009 Posted by fw, July 17, 2017 “Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

“We have to design our economies to live within ecological limits and resource constraints” – Tim Jackson

“Start with the idea of what prosperity is and then ask questions about what kind of economy you need to get there.” No 2007 Posted by fw, July 15, 2017 … Continue reading

July 15, 2017

Sixty years of environmental action and humanity remains in ecological overshoot

It’s time to accept that tinkering around the edges of consumer capitalism is utterly inadequate. No 2005 Posted by fw, July 11, 2017 “According to the most recent data from the Global … Continue reading

July 11, 2017

Endless economic growth endangers our future

Celebrated ecological economist Tim Jackson talks about the need to envision a post-growth economy. No 1999 Posted by fw, July 5, 2017 “When the UK Sustainable Development Commission, on which I served, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017