March 13, 2019
In his 2nd inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “There are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams.” First impression: that’s a nice-sounding sentiment — way to stay positive, Ronnie! Second impression: what a load of crap (and a horrible foundation for economic policy in the age of overshoot)! This episode of Crazy Town focuses on the limits to growth, including the growth imperatives built into our economic institutions, and explores how the economy could make a shift toward sustainability. Along the way, Asher, Rob, and Jason take some potshots at Ronnie and his cohort of math-challenged wishful thinkers.
- Ronald Reagan’s 2nd Inaugural Address (1985)
- Jimmy Carter’s Crisis of Confidence Speech (1979)
- Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
- 238 academics call for wellbeing instead of growth.
- Albert Bartlett refutes Julian Simon.
- Math behind E. coli and mass of Earth in a day (doubling time of 20 minutes).
- Good overview of exponential population growth and logistic growth with carrying capacity.