Appropriate Scarcity

By Robert A. Herendeen   … appealing to people to restrain themselves [by] self-enforced abstinence alone is a waste of time. By and large, we consume as much as our incomes allow…. changes… cannot take place without constraints that apply to everyone rather than everyone else. Manmade global warming cannot be restrained unless we persuade […]

Where is Pope Francis on Economic Growth?

by David Kane Those who believe that there is a fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection will find Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si (Praised Be), a welcome addition to the literature; as well as an important tool in helping others, especially Catholics, to understand and accept the limitations of economic growth. Pope […]

Five Myths About Economic Growth

by Brian Czech Myth #1. It’s economic. To be economic, something has to be worth more than it costs. Economic activity, per se, is more beneficial than detrimental. Technically speaking, “marginal utility is greater than marginal disutility.” If you liked a rug, but liked your grandkids more, it wouldn’t be smart to grab the rug […]

The Pope Francis Encyclical And Its Economics

By Brent Blackwelder The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis is attracting extraordinary attention for its message on global warming, deforestation, loss of biological diversity, and other pressing environmental issues. What is less well known is the extensive critique of the global economy found in his 184-page Encyclical. This blog highlights some of the significant points […]

Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

by Herman Daly As a Protestant Christian my devotion to the Catholic Church has been rather minimal, based largely on respect for early church history, and for love of an aunt who was a nun. In recent times the Catholic Church’s opposition to birth control, plus the pedophile and cover-up scandals, further alienated me. Like […]

Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian explains how GDP growth will eventually stop tracking with environmental damage–but the reasons may not be what you’d expect!

Are We Hard-Wired to Think We Can Grow Forever?

Is there an evolutionary mechanism stopping us from living within our planetary constraints? If so, can we overcome it before it is too late?

Voluntary Simplicity and the Steady-State Economy

People who live simply and mindfully set the example for the good life in a steady state economy.

Maybe It’s Time to Offend a Few Folks

Alexandra Paul says it’s time to put aside politeness when it comes to opening a dialogue about overpopulation.

Pulsing Paradigm or Steady State?

Howard Odum’s conception of a “pulse” offers some food for thought about how to establish of a steady state economy.