By James Magnus-Johnston In an appeal to Mr. Trudeau’s philosophical musings, I’ve written a letter to him listing five ways Canada can foster a better, more sustainable economy. “There are a lot of people out there, environmental thinkers like Herman Daly and others, who talk about the fact that maybe endless growth within […]
by James Magnus-Johnston As the fall chill sets into the air and farmers begin to harvest, universities invite another wave of impressionable young minds to think about the future—of society, and of their place in it. But preparation for the future requires us to consider exactly what kind of future we think we’re in for, […]
What About Innovating Beyond the Growth Trap? A Challenge to the Ecofiscal Commission’s Growth Fixation
By James Magnus-Johnston A new voice has emerged recently in Canada called the “Ecofiscal Commission,” which could have the funding, clout, and determination to steer the country in a more promising direction. The group includes high-profile economists, former political leaders, and high-powered financiers. They define “ecofiscal policy” as something that “corrects market price signals to […]
by James Magnus-Johnston If you demonstrate to people that the NDP [New Democratic Party] can win in Alberta, suddenly anything seems possible. —Paul Fairie, University of Calgary political scientist On the problematic political spectrum, neither the right nor the left have become wholesale champions of the steady state economy. Then again, embracing something perceived as […]
Some politicians will go quite far to cling to an aging growth-at-all-costs narrative.
Magnus-Johnston explains how these investments are funded, and how it exacerbates our economy’s growth imperative.
If we are to degrow the economy towards a steady state, we’re going to need to be a whole lot more generous, a whole lot happier, and more grateful for what we have already.
What do we do with the knowledge that we may be headed for climate catastrophe?
Is there an evolutionary mechanism stopping us from living within our planetary constraints? If so, can we overcome it before it is too late?