Rethinking Prosperity’s weekly roundup of news on the topic of economy, environment and democracy


  1. David Suzuki: Demanding Economic Growth on a Finite Planet Robs Future Generations — Dr. David Suzuki (EcoWatch)
    August 2, 2017
    “Demanding constant economic growth on a finite planet with limited ability to renew resources is a recipe for overshoot. We can and must do more to reduce our growing impact on the only home we have.”
    Tags: planetary boundaries, climate change, sustainability
  2. Having more, owning less: How to fight throwaway culture — Christine Cole and Alex Gnanapragasam (Business Insider)
    August 3, 2017
    “Sharing as part of a circular economy promotes better efficiency in materials, which reduces the lifetime carbon emissions of products that are designed and maintained for optimum life spans and used more intensively.”
    Tags: consumption, sharing economy, resources
  3. On Transition (!) — Erik Lindberg (Resilience)
    August 7, 2017
    “Transition is one of the few organizations…that tells the truth about climate, energy, and our ecology, while at the same time connecting these truths to issues of social justice, economic inequality, a peace movement, and an understanding of complex international geo-politics, while at the same time yet again, rolling up its sleeves and building things.”
    Tags: transition, movement
  4. You’re not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth — Dylan Matthews (Vox)
    August 8, 2017
    “If you’ve read an article or two about economic inequality in the United States at any point in the past decade, chances are you’ve come across a chart like this…”
    Tags: economic inequality
  5. Gar Alperovitz’s new book calls for a new democratic political economy — Alex Becker (Real Change)
    August 9, 2017
    “[Gar Alperovitz’s] latest book, ‘Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth,’ builds on his vision for a new economy — one that goes ‘beyond corporate capitalism and state socialism’ to create a democratic political economy ‘from the ground up.’”
    Tags: governance, social movement


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