Have your babies!

HAVE YOUR BABIES!

I have been getting emails from Growthbusters, a well-meaning group dedicated to stopping the push for growth at any price.

As part of this, they recommend having fewer babies. The logic is clear. If fewer babies are born world-wide, and if a number of other strong measures are taken by world-wide agreement, then the world human population can gradually fall in a manageable way and good things will follow after a number of generations.  ... Read more

Review of 1988 edition of Economics for a Round Earth

" . . a most useful work in enhancing my comprehension of the interaction between the discourses of economics and environmental conservation."

Digression: the Private Motor Car – a Basic Necessity?

The transport policy referred to in the previous post, where everyone is expected to undertake all journeys in their own big car, has become so entrenched in many countries over the last fifty years that it seems impossible to change or modify.  ... Read more

Excessive Wages Can Cost Jobs

In the Great Depression, and in the stagflationary predicament of the 1970’s and 80’s which threatens to recur as a result of the US credit crisis and the run-up in the cost of resources and food, the work could have been available to employ everyone if the money had been available to pay them.  ... Read more

Population and Wealth

A magazine article cited, as one reason for improving safety in the home and reducing deaths and injuries to children, the argument that the deaths and injuries were a cost to the nation because of the loss of “production” of goods and services which those children, had they become healthy adults, would have accomplished in their lifetime.  ... Read more

Real and Money Wages: Living Standards

Real wage and material living standard will be treated as different terms for the same variable.

The real wage, however, is not the same as the money wage. The real wage is the access to goods and services given to a worker in exchange for their labour.  ... Read more

Misconceptions in Practice

The inadequate or wrong concepts of current economics lead to a number of misconceptions, some examples of which will be given.

“Soak the Rich”

The “soak the rich” taxation policy sometimes advocated or practiced by the political left is based on a confusion about the nature of wealth.  ... Read more

Environment versus Economic Progress

The fierce conflicts between conservationists on one side and workers, industrialists, and some politicians on the other arise from a misconception.

Both parties in fact desire the same goal – economic well-being. But the latter and many of the former believe that environmental conservation and economic progress are conflicting aims, between which a balance or compromise must be found.  ... Read more

Value Inflation – the Trigger, not the Bullet

The direct addition of value inflation to the rate of price increases is quite small. The larger effect arises from secondary influences, in whose shaping human psychology plays an important part. These influences are triggered by the small value inflation component and its corollary, a slowing of the rate of net throughput increase relative to gross throughput increase.  ... Read more

Ends and Means

Good Trends, Not Good Conditions

It is not the intention in this blog to establish a perfect world of perfect conditions. Such a thing has been imagined and described by many in the past, but it must always remain an abstract possibility in the indefinite future.  ... Read more

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