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Steady State Economy

What Economists Don't Know About Physics -- And Why It's Killing Us

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Dave Pruett

For most of the time humans have inhabited the earth, our numbers were small, and the growth rate of our species was nearly zero. In other words, we were more-or-less in equilibrium with the natural world, as were most species. Not anymore.

The Overlooked Anniversary: 40 Years Ago Congress and the President Called for a Steady State Economy

Brian Czech | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Brian Czech

Pursuant to an act of the 93rd Congress, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the establishment of a steady state economy. That law was called the Endangered Species Act.

The Five Dumbest Things You'll Hear About Sustainability

Brian Czech | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

This one's about dumb, dumber, and dumbest, plus two intermediate levels for good measure. Ready for the inglorious countdown?

The Debt Ceiling: What's Good for the Public Goose Is Good for the Private Gander

Brian Czech | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Brian Czech

If we want the right-sized government, then we'd generally want a growing government as the American economy grows.

Bring Back Hank Paulson (on One Condition)

Brian Czech | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Brian Czech

Buckle your seat belts and hold onto your hats, because we're headed for a sharp curve. Believe it or not, I recommend the recruitment of one Hank Paulson for Fed chair.

Bill Clinton's Legacy: An Inconvenient Irony

Brian Czech | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

Thanks in no small measure to the win-win legacy of Clinton, these days it seems everything good for the environment has to be premised upon economic growth or it won't even be considered.

Bill Clinton, The Nature Conservancy, and Rhetoric So 20th Century

Brian Czech | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Brian Czech

When The Nature Conservancy talks, the environmental community listens. Even some of Wall Street listens. No other conservation organization is remo...

Supply Shock Reveals a Serious Problem: Economic Growth

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.15.2013 | Books
Mike Sandler

Economic growth is the real third rail of American politics. Question it and you are immediately branded an outsider (or even a Marxist). Who doesn't want a rising tide that lifts all boats? Well, this is a good question to ask, and author Brian Czech bravely asks it, and many others.

Sliding Down the Slippery Slope: A Truth Too Big for Obama

Brian Czech | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

In the real world, economic growth means more economic activity, more population × consumption, more GDP. It means more greenhouse gas emissions, less biodiversity, and a growing ecological footprint.

Confessions of a Closet Football Fan

Brian Czech | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green
Brian Czech

The NFL has a huge and growing ecological footprint in an age when the planet and the grandkids can't afford it.

This Guy Wants To Give You Free Money

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.14.2012 | Money

For Wall Street, Saturday is a gloomy anniversary: Four years ago Lehman Brothers collapsed, marking the widespread beginning of the global financial ...

Presenting the Economic Policy of the Occupy Movement

Brian Czech | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Brian Czech

Only sound economic diplomacy -- steady statesmanship -- can ensure that everyone gets enough without killing thy neighbor. Wall Street doesn't get that. The ball is in the Occupiers court.

We Need a Green Tea Party, You Betcha

Brian Czech | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

To call for economic growth while demanding the death of deficit spending is like calling for a higher speed limit while demanding better gas mileage. The two goals don't jibe.

Six Demands the Wall Street Protesters Should Make

Keith Harrington | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Keith Harrington

What the world needs to hear is an answer to the questions: "Where do we go from here? Is there a truly workable alternative to capitalism? How do we solve the myriad crises of capitalism?"

President Obama's (Hoped For) "Amaze Speech"

Brian Czech | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

Fellow Americans, this evening I have a special message for you. It's an unprecedented and surprising message, but ultimately it will resonate with yo...

A Full Employment Act for the 21st Century

Brian Czech | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

We need a steady state revolution to move from the old, unsustainable goal of economic growth to the new, sustainable goal of a steady state economy.

Obama Steps Onto Slippery Slope

Brian Czech | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

The trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection is the most inconvenient of all truths to acknowledge, but it's better than a slide down the slippery slope of green-growth rhetoric. That could be a legacy breaker.

Why Our Economy "Requires" Oil Spills

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

Capitalism is sure to hand us another crisis before long. In the meantime,we simply have to do our best to pack the cracks with the ideas of a steady-state economy.