August 2009

It seems that climate change is in the news nearly every day, in one form or another. There is a lot of buzz around the upcoming international talks in Copenhagen. Some worry nothing or not enough will come of it whilst others are hopeful progress will be made. I fall into the moderate category: think something […]

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“We must do what we conceive to be the right thing and not bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we’re going to be successful.” – E F Schumacher In a previous post I discussed the scale of our economy. Economists have quite a bit to say about scale in microeconomics, or economics at […]

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I have been trying to present simple, logical discussions showcasing why our growth economy cannot be sustained. So far we’ve discussed the principles of the steady state economy, ranging from sustainable scale to fair distribution to global climate change to population stability. Our addiction to growth is pushing forward global climate change and making scarce […]

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When times get tough and cash becomes strapped, many turn to bartering – trading services and goods without the pesky dollar getting in the way. Not only does bartering and exchanging time strengthen the community, but it supports the local economy. Bartering combined with local currencies or time banking can create a synergistic system that benefits […]

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The New Economics Foundation‘s blog posted this last Friday about creating a salary cap for everyone. Steady state policies would encourage a maximum and minimum wage in order to create a fair distribution of wealth. Creating a wage cap changes the focus – another common theme in our discussions. We have seen the destruction created […]

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Become a CASSE Member!

by Joshua on August 11, 2009 · 0 comments

The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE) is the leading source for information and news on the steady state economy and ecological economics. CASSE President Brian Czech‘s marvelous book Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train was the inspiration for my blog and starting a steady state revolution! Membership is $25 ($15 for […]

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Uneconomic Growth

by Joshua on August 9, 2009 · 7 comments

“That which seems to be wealth may in verity be only the gilded index of far-reaching ruin” – John Ruskin Herman Daly is often given credit for pioneering the term “Uneconomic Growth.”  It is a key term in ecological economics and Daly has given us numerous works on the subject. What is uneconomic growth? It […]

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Sustainable Scale

by Joshua on August 1, 2009 · 7 comments

Sustainability is quite the buzzword nowadays. What is sustainability anyway? It would appear at face value to have a simple, easily understood meaning. On the contrary, almost everything labeled “sustainable” is not, creating ambiguity in the meaning of the concept. It has become more of a marketing tool than an actual process. Being sustainable is quite […]

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