Citizen Action Monitor

Two givens: First, “We must reduce in absolute terms the material throughput of the economy”

Second: “Some things within the economy must continue to grow.” No 2116 Posted by fw, December 7, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click on the … Continue reading

December 7, 2017

Can eco-modernists provide an escape route from the “dilemma of growth?”

Tim Jackson critiques their proposed decoupling solution and concludes it would only work for angels. No 2115 Posted by fw, December 6, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 6, 2017

Tim Jackson finds “something distinctly odd about our contemporary refusal to question economic growth”

He sets out to correct that oversight with a “convincing macroeconomics for a ‘post-growth’ society.” No 2113 Posted by fw, December 4, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

December 4, 2017

Paul Street’s dynamite essay on how American democracy is trumped by a deadly complex of forces

The passivity of Americans in the face of the outrageous Trump presidency is “chilling to behold.” No 2112 Posted by fw, December 3, 2017 “The passivity of the American populace … Continue reading

December 3, 2017

“I think there’s a 95% chance that we’ll go to hell in a handcart with about 4°C warming” – Kevin Anderson

“We have tried our leadership and it has fundamentally failed on climate change.” No 2111 Posted by fw, December 1, 2017 “I wouldn’t work in this area if there’s a … Continue reading

December 1, 2017

Why do ordinary people commit evil acts? asks Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy

Kennedy explains the causes of harmful behaviour and suggests ways we can encourage good behaviour. No 2110 Posted by fw, November 29, 2017 “In short, we know the recipe for … Continue reading

November 29, 2017

What Canadians should know about the Net Neutrality battle raging in the US

My questioning comment on an online news source draws a helpful, informed reply from p.munkey. No 2106 Posted by fw, November 25, 2017 A couple of days ago I posted … Continue reading

November 25, 2017

BLOCKBUSTER 2012 documentary on today’s crises — Alarming truths left unsaid for too long

Crises we face today were created by humans — What is created by humans can be changed by humans. No 2102 Posted by fw, November 19, 2017 “Most societies have … Continue reading

November 19, 2017

Foundations for the economy of tomorrow derive from four simple first principles cited in Chapter 8 —  

Enterprise as service; Work as participation; Investment as commitment; and Money as a social good. No 2101 Posted by fw, November 17, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

Our debt-based money system is the biggest challenge facing sustainable investment financing

Find out what our “debt-based” money system is, and why, if not changed, it could be a transition show-stopper. No 2100 Posted by fw, November 16, 2017 To access all … Continue reading

November 16, 2017

Jackson assesses the massive investment demands of a transition to a “Prosperity without Growth” economy

The impact of a transition of this scale on our ongoing economic performance is unclear, but the benefits of a new vision of prosperity are indisputable. No 2099 Posted by … Continue reading

November 15, 2017

Work in the employment-rich service sector is not only more fulfilling, it’s material-light

Service-based vocations “have the potential to restore the value of decent work to its rightful place at the heart of society.” No 2098 Posted by fw, November 13, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 13, 2017

Thinking in terms of services reveals new ways to decarbonize, dematerialize economic activity

Services-based enterprise features “non-polluting energy sources, selling non-material services, not polluting products.” No 2097 Posted by fw, November 11, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 11, 2017

American voters are misinforming themselves with fake news lies and inaccuracies

“The most consequential offenders in the dissemination, and success, of fake news is the American education system.” No 2095 Posted by fw, November 10, 2017 “Gore Vidal once remarked, ‘Half … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

Tim Jackson calls for a systematic re-construction of economics capable of delivering a lasting prosperity

Ironically, rampant consumerism provides an opportunity to recalibrate our capitalist economic system. No 2092 Posted by fw, November 07, 2017 To access all other synopses from Prosperity without Growth, click … Continue reading

November 7, 2017

Fear of social shame drives our relentless pursuit of stuff, threatens promise of a life of true prosperity

The language of goods has failed us, leaving no escape from this social trap in pursuit of a life without shame. No 2088 Posted by fw, November 2, 2017 To … Continue reading

November 2, 2017

Duplicitous PM Trudeau slammed for breaking his climate change promise to the world in Paris

Rafe Mair calls the PM to account for choosing LNG and Kinder Morgan over climate and democracy. No 2085 Posted by fw, October 27, 2017 “You have sung such lovely … Continue reading

October 27, 2017

The production of novelty through creative destruction sharpens the appetite for novelty in consumers

But novelty-driven consumerism, by failing to advance social progress, has created an “anxiety of the empty self”. No 2083 Posted by fw, October 24, 2017 To access all other synopses … Continue reading

October 24, 2017

”Consumer culture perpetuates itself precisely because it succeeds so well at failure!”

The sheer novelty of new things carries a symbolic meaning that excites us, promises to fulfill the dreams and desires inspired by our consumer culture. No 2082 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

October 23, 2017