Steady-state economics articles

Jan
1
2017
Dave Darby

Is the quest for perpetual economic growth the witch-burning of our times, and could this be the year we start to challenge it?

10

Johannes Kepler was one of the major figures in the 17th century Scientific Revolution. In his day, people were grappling with the question of whether the earth was the centre of the universe, as the Church said it was, or whether it was just another planet, revolving around the Sun Read more …

Sep
23
2016
Dave Darby

David Fleming’s ‘Lean Logic’ and ‘Surviving the Future’, and why they’re important

21

I attended the launch of two books at Daunt Bookshop in Chelsea on Wednesday evening. David Fleming died in 2010, and now his friend Shaun Chamberlin has edited his magnum opusLean Logic, and Chelsea Green have published it. Read more …

Sep
8
2016
Dave Darby

Revisiting my old university economics textbook – how did I ever fall for this nonsense?

8

I haven’t opened my old university economics textbook (Economics, by David Begg, Stanley Fischer and Rudiger Dornbusch) since the 1980s, so I was curious to see how I would respond to what I was taught 30 years ago. Read more …

Jul
4
2016
Dave Darby

Moving forward without the EU: clouds & silver linings

2

I think we all have stories about mad conversations we’ve had about Brexit since the referendum (or is it just me?). I was called a racist, for example, for suggesting that the UK is nowhere near the top of the league of ‘most xenophobic countries’, and I’ve been amazed by the vitriol this has stirred up on both sides. Read more …

Jun
20
2016
Dave Darby

The EU referendum from an environmental perspective: are you willing to be challenged?

5

Almost all of my friends, and people whose opinions I respect, are intending to vote ‘Remain’ on Thursday. Here are the four main reasons I hear: Read more …

May
1
2016
Dave Darby

Obama says we’ll be ‘at the back of the queue’ for TTIP if we leave the EU; that’s the best argument I’ve heard for Brexit

4

Trade deals (and in fact, the EU) exist to maximise growth and to orient our economies towards exports. From an environmental perspective, this is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Read more …

Feb
17
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

6

In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more …

Feb
15
2016
Dave Darby

What’s the relative value of the world’s gold, Bitcoins, banknotes, derivatives, stocks & shares, property etc. See this incredible visualisation

0

Do you have any idea of the value of all the Bitcoins in the world, compared to, say, the value of all the silver in the world, or compared to the wealth of Warren Buffet, or compared to the amount of global debt etc.? Read more …

Feb
1
2016
Dave Darby

The discipline of economics presupposes corporate capitalism and perpetual growth, which renders it invalid

2

Economics is not an unbiased academic discipline, it’s an ideology. Furthermore, economics is based on the false premise that perpetual growth is achievable. It is not, and the reason most people can’t see this is Read more …

Dec
14
2015
Dave Darby

Take back the city – if you’re not “proud that London is the natural habitat of the billionaire”

0

People of Britain, are you proud that your capital city is geared towards attracting billionaires (that’s a quote by Boris Johnson by the way)? Read more …

Dec
9
2015
Dave Darby

To all environmental groups: lifestyle change isn’t going to be enough to avert ecological catastrophe

7

Someone said to me the other day that he associated ‘low-impact’ with lifestyle but not with politics or economics. Someone else asked why we blogged about TTIP, economic growth or system change when we were ‘just’ an environmental organisation. Read more …

Dec
7
2015
Dave Darby

Sweden has ‘decoupled’ carbon emissions and economic growth? Why this is a lie

2

There was a report on the World Service this morning about how Sweden has decoupled carbon emissions from economic growth. Sweden’s economic growth in the last 25 years totals 60%. Its carbon emissions in the same time period are down 20%. So that’s it, isn’t it – the Holy Grail? Read more …

Dec
5
2015
Dave Darby

Hats off to Brandalism for exposing corporate greenwash

1

Genius campaign by a group called Brandalism. They managed to get around 600 spoof but corporate-looking adverts all over Paris in time for the climate talks. The fake ads were the work of 82 artists from 19 countries, and they parody the companies involved in sponsoring the climate talks. Read more …

Dec
3
2015
James Magnus-Johnston

Leader of a major Western country questions perpetual economic growth shock!

0

Lowimpact.org has campaigned since 2001 for stabilisation of the global economy. Our aim is to help shift humanity towards a way of being on this planet that doesn’t destroy the biosphere. And that’s not possible without stabilising the economy. Read more …

Nov
28
2015
Linda Kaucher

How TTIP fits perfectly with the Deregulation Act, which can overrule all other laws if they affect growth or corporate interests

5

The Deregulation Bill, proposed by Tory privatiser Oliver Letwin, slipped into law at the end of the last Parliament. It can change all other law, according to criteria of ‘growth’ ie business interests. It fits perfectly with the EU’s deregulatory agenda, and that of TTIP and the other new ‘trade’ agreements, which have largely come out of the City of London via the UK government  anyway. Read more …

Oct
26
2015
Dave Darby

The impossibility of perpetual economic growth in four easy steps

2

Step 1: perpetual material growth in the economy is impossible on a finite planet. Read more …

Sep
26
2015
Dave Darby

If Corbyn became PM, what would he really be able to achieve in this system?

2

First, to reiterate something that has been pointed out on this site many times – the corporate empire is global and governments are national, and that fact alone means that national governments are in no position to challenge the corporate sector. Read more …

Sep
8
2015
Dave Darby

Economists: listen to this man and if you are intellectually honest you will begin to question the basic assumptions of your discipline

4

This guy is a genius. His name is Miklos Antal – I’d never heard of him before, but his every word cuts through the nonsense that lies at the heart of classical economic theory. Read more …

Aug
21
2015
Dave Darby

What were your ‘light bulb moments’ in understanding the way the world works? Here are mine

2

Here’s a rash statement, but I believe it to be true. Most people these days know, either rationally or intuitively, that humanity is heading in the wrong direction. If you ask people whether we’ve seen the back of ecological calamaties, financial collapses, corruption, poverty or war Read more …

Jul
26
2015
Brian Czech

Five myths about economic growth

0

We were sent this by CASSE – the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Love it – there are so few organisations pointing out the insanity of the quest for perpetual growth (image: http://www.polyp.org.uk). Read more …

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