Local Futures http://www.localfutures.org The Economics of Happiness Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:23:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 83829734 From Growth to Degrowth: a brief history http://www.localfutures.org/growth-degrowth-brief-history/ http://www.localfutures.org/growth-degrowth-brief-history/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 19:08:40 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=24130 The notion of economic growth as a regular, ongoing, self-sustained process no longer holds up to critical analysis. Even during what’s been called “The Glorious Thirty” – the years between the end of World War II and the 1974 oil crisis – growth occurred almost solely in industrialized countries and involved a minority of the […]

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Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it http://www.localfutures.org/life-in-a-degrowth-economy/ http://www.localfutures.org/life-in-a-degrowth-economy/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:07:08 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=23644 What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever. But what is a steady-state economy? Why it is it desirable or necessary? And what would it […]

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Trump Trauma http://www.localfutures.org/trump-trauma/ http://www.localfutures.org/trump-trauma/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:43:21 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=23416 While we mourn the tragedy that fear, prejudice and ignorance “trumped” in the US Presidential election, now is the time to go deeper and broader with our work. There is a growing recognition that the scary situation we find ourselves in today has deep roots. To better understand what happened—and why—we need to broaden our […]

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Will the Poor Always Be With Us? http://www.localfutures.org/will-poor-always-us/ http://www.localfutures.org/will-poor-always-us/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:07:39 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=21376 It’s a familiar story. On his final journey toward Jerusalem, Jesus stops in Bethany to eat at the home of Simon, a leper. A woman enters with an alabaster jar of expensive ointment; she breaks the jar and pours the ointment on his head. Her gesture invokes the fury of some of those present. The […]

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The Sharing Economy: It Takes More Than A Smartphone http://www.localfutures.org/sharing-economy-takes-more-than-smartphone/ http://www.localfutures.org/sharing-economy-takes-more-than-smartphone/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:04:49 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=22817 I ran into my friend Rick the other day in a small town near our homes in northern Vermont. He was just coming out of the bookstore, holding a pink plastic bag that, I would soon learn, contained a dozen eggs from his flock of free range hens. After a bit of small talk, Rick […]

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An Economy of Meaning – or Bust http://www.localfutures.org/economy-meaning-bust/ http://www.localfutures.org/economy-meaning-bust/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:42:25 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=22755 It’s not often that a scientist gets to use the words love, creativity, and wisdom in a paper, especially when writing about economics. Perhaps that’s because economics, the dismal science, is obsessed with dismal systems – make that abysmal systems, relative to need. To be clear, I’m not speaking of the specific policies of the […]

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Why are my highly educated friends so ignorant about trade? http://www.localfutures.org/highly-educated-friends-ignorant-trade/ http://www.localfutures.org/highly-educated-friends-ignorant-trade/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:31:48 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=22541 Trump is a catastrophe, but so was the TPP. Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I’ve found myself talking for the first time with a lot of my 20-something friends about trade agreements. My friends didn’t vote for Donald Trump. Most are from “liberal” parts of the US. They went to […]

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Trump’s Populist Deceit http://www.localfutures.org/trumps-populist-deceit/ http://www.localfutures.org/trumps-populist-deceit/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:00:23 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=21690 While misogyny, racism, and ethnic taunts were conspicuous signposts on Donald Trump’s path to the White House, much of that road was paved with “populist”, “anti-establishment” and “anti-globalization” rhetoric. Trump’s inaugural address featured numerous populist lines (e.g. “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the […]

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Regenerative Agriculture: our best shot at cooling the planet? http://www.localfutures.org/regenerative-agriculture-best-shot-cooling-planet/ http://www.localfutures.org/regenerative-agriculture-best-shot-cooling-planet/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:29:39 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=21453 It’s getting hot out there. For a stretch of 16 months running through August 2016, new global temperature records were set every month.[1] Ice cover in the Arctic sea hit a new low this past summer, at 525,000 square miles less than normal.[2] And apparently we’re not doing much to stop it: according to Professor […]

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Positive Thinking in a Dark Age http://www.localfutures.org/positive-thinking-in-a-dark-age/ http://www.localfutures.org/positive-thinking-in-a-dark-age/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:09:49 +0000 http://www.localfutures.org/?p=21378 I recall a Buddhist parable involving a stick that appears from a distance to be a snake, causing fear to rise in the perceiver. As the perception shifts upon closer examination, the fear subsides and the relieved hiker continues down the path. Understanding and awareness have a lot to do with how we feel and […]

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