Time to Stop Worshipping Economic Growth

By Brent Blackwelder There are physical limits to growth on a finite planet. In 1972, the Club of Rome issued their groundbreaking report—Limits to Growth (twelve million copies in thirty-seven languages). The authors predicted that by about 2030, our planet would feel a serious squeeze on natural resources, and they were right on target. In 2009, the Stockholm Resilience […]

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 […]

The Future History of Political Economy – Part 2

Thermodynamics in Economics: Revolutionary portent, future history by Eric Zencey Ecological Economics represents the extension into economics of the thermodynamic revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In physics, that revolution dethroned Newton and brought relativity. In biology, it was midwife to the birth of ecology, the study of ecosystems as wholes in which energy networks—food […]

The Future History of Political Economy – Part 1

Economics Ignores Thermodynamics by Eric Zencey Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this essay appeared as a comment in the Great Transition Network Forum, which will appear on the Great Transition Initiative website next week along with a new essay by Herman Daly, “Economics for a Full World.” Ecological Economics and its corollary, Steady State […]

Cold War Left Overs

Daly challenges the assertion that a steady-state economy is inherently capitalistic and must be instead be based on a socialist system.

News on Blue Planet Prize

Herman Daly, Daniel Janzen, and the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad are this year’s winners of the Blue Planet Prize. Congratulations!

Integrating Ecology and Economics

What is the best strategy for incorporating limits to growth into economics?

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Jason Bradford realized that humanity was sitting in a precarious position of ecological overshoot. His response is downright inspiring.

Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation

If you’re curious about what life might be like in a steady state economy, Sam Alexander’s Entropia offers some intriguing ideas.

Slumlord Nation

Whether it’s an apartment complex or an economy, the slumlord model of management can only lead to ruin and regret.