Economic Thoughts

An Economic System is a System of Mutual Provision
Some selections from Life, Money and Illusion.

A Future that Works - How do we get a civilization that has been growing for 10,000 years to realize that it is grown up now? Getting bigger is no longer what we need to do.

Three Potent Steps to a Sane Economy

Reduce, Reuse, Recession
A warning from the economic cycle.

Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World
by Jason Hickel

Black Monday: What was not reported about the 1987 Stock Market crash.

Global Monopoly - A System Out of Control - While the rules of Monopoly say there is no winner until one player owns everything, we have to change the Global Game.

More on the Global Monopoly Game

Lessons from Greece - The 2015 economic crisis in Greece provides insight into the Global Monopoly Game.

The Rise and Fall of Capital

A Silver Lining to Economic Downturn

Escape From Overshoot: a Review

Video: Stories Told at Occupy Ottawa
(seven minutes)

The Greenest Dollar Is the One Not Spent

One Thing Changes All Else - Humans used to be of no consequence to the Earth. Now we affect everything.

Life After Growth - Possibilities begin when we stop stretching the Earth's limits.

Economic sleight of hand: Few noticed when GNP was changed to GDP (Gross National Product to Gross Domestic Product)

Scarcity and Abundance

Radical Abundance - Convention uses scarcity to generate growth, abundance can render growth unnecessary.

The End of Shorter Hours - Manipulation of work time.

Money Creation with the stroke of a pen.

RRRSP - A retirement plan with a real difference

Where Will the Grandchildren Live: An Alternative View of Retirement

What Really Counts - A first-hand account of several efforts to establish Indexes of Genuine Progress (GPI).

Worthy of Our Better Selves - The foundation of Western Civilization began with debt forgiveness.

Making Markets Work for Sustainability - A look at policy options drawn from The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken and For the Common Good by Herman Daly and John Cobb.

How Economic Growth has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet. - a précis of Richard Douthwaite's book The Growth Illusion.

Under a Street Light: We can't solve the PolyCrisis with economic growth

Parable of the Elephant: Social, economic and biological problems are all parts of the same beast.

Trade Agreements

MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment - A proposal to give more power to multinational corporations.