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Economics vs. the Economy

June 23, 2015

Economic theories, though social constructions, can reflect reality to varying degrees. In the face of dire environmental challenges, adopting a realistic theory is key to the survival of global civilization. The neoliberal emphasis on limitless growth and monetary flows,...

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Turning 21 in the Anthropocene

June 22, 2015

On Earth Day Eve 2015, Nate Hagens presented Turning 21 in the Anthropocene: An Invitation for Young People to Participate in their Future at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Hagens’ talk was co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for...

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Pope Francis Rides an Encyclical

June 18, 2015

This could be big. Religious and ethical impulses are powerful shapers of human behavior. That’s why, here in the US, corporate leaders long ago found ways to use religion to promote the notions that extreme economic inequality is perfectly...