Economics and GDP

Trade Trumps Climate: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Oct 8th, 2015 | By
[photo: www.globalresearch.ca]

By Suzanne York It’s ironic that while much attention is focused on getting to a climate agreement in Paris that at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated.  On the one hand you have efforts to reduce global carbon emissions as a means to protect people and the environment.  On the other
[continue reading…]



Can the World Move Beyond “Infinite-Planet Thinking?”

Mar 17th, 2015 | By
[image credit: http://neanikoipalmoi.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post_1924.html]

By Suzanne York. “Can the world get richer forever?” asks a recent article in the BBC News. If you ask a politician, mainstream economist or the 1%, the answer is likely to be “yes.”    As noted in the BBC piece, growth “is almost universally seen as a Good Thing.”  If you ask most environmentalists, scientists
[continue reading…]



To Grow or Not to Grow: The Wild Card of Aging Populations

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By
Shanghai [photo credit: www.designyourway.net]

China’s population growth has been popping up in the news recently.  It seems the government’s concern about too much population growth has now swung in the other direction – today the issue is a shrinking labor pool. The Chinese labor force has already peaked and its population will shrink after 2030, though some experts  think
[continue reading…]



Where Do We Go From Here?

Oct 16th, 2014 | By
[image credit: projourno.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The stock market is up and down, oil companies are making record profits, there is a growing gap between the have’s and the have nots, a large number of people take anti-depressants, and the environment is increasingly being degraded.  Do we accept this as the way it is, or is there
[continue reading…]



How Capitalism Stole Our Happiness

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
[image credit: www.tapchitaichinh.vn]

By Anjie Cai, guest youth blogger for www.howmany.org Capitalism as we know it today came into force around the early 1700s when Adam Smith laid the groundwork for the free market system in his famous book The Wealth of Nations. It quickly gave power to corporations, allowing them to control much of our lives. In
[continue reading…]



World Water Day: Steady as She Goes

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: library.thinkquest.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org World Water Day, recognized on March 22nd, should mark not only appreciation of this  most precious of resources, but also emphasize how global society can better conserve it during a time of erratic climate changes. But let’s take this a step further and talk about how the current economic system of
[continue reading…]



Wall Street Wolves and Rethinking Economic Growth

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By
wolves

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It’s time for a fresh start on the year.  Which makes it a good time to take a hard look at how the global economy is structured, and how that is working for people (the 99%, not the 1%) and the environment. There is an obsession with economic growth that flies
[continue reading…]



Fertility in the Age of Extraction

Sep 10th, 2013 | By
Canadian tar sands [photo credit: www.priceofoil.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Slowly but surely, economists and other experts are beginning to see the light on the need to rethink society’s obsession with growth, be it population or economic. Dean Baker, an economist with the Center for Economic & Policy Research, took the New York Times to task for celebrating fertility rates in
[continue reading…]



The Links between Trade and Population: A Look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Aug 14th, 2013 | By
TPP protestors in Japan [photo credit: www.coha.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The relationship between trade and population is based on one main thing, and that is growth.  Growth of people, growth of goods and services, and growth of markets and capital. The latest population projection from the United Nations is for a world population of 8.1 billion people by 2025, and 9.6
[continue reading…]



Just the Facts, Ma’am: Reporting on Economic Growth in a World of Limits

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
[photo: www.growthbusters.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Everywhere you turn today there is talk of economic growth.  A growing economy is the gold standard and main policy goal of just about every nation. There is not much talk about growth in sustainable livelihoods or well-being.  Yet a mantra of continued economic growth is what we hear from mainstream
[continue reading…]