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Forum Post: The Limits of The Limits to Growth

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 2, 2012, 10:04 a.m. EST by notaneoliberal (2269)
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just in time for Earth Day Ronald Bailey | April 18, 2012...... Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth, a report to the Club of Rome, was released with great fanfare at a conference at the Smithsonian Institution. The study was based on a computer model developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and designed “to investigate five major trends of global concern—accelerating industrial development, rapid population growth, widespread malnutrition, depletion of nonrenewable resources, and a deteriorating environment.” The goal was to use the model to explore the increasingly dire "predicament of mankind." The researchers modestly acknowledged that their model was “like every other model, imperfect, oversimplified, and unfinished.”..... http://reason.com/archives/2012/04/18/the-limits-to-growth-40-year-update

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[-] 1 points by DaveGardner (1) 1 year ago

Thanks for bringing this up. To explore this further, I suggest exploring my blog series honoring the 40th anniversary of The Limits to Growth (lots of video, essays, etc.): http://www.growthbusters.org/home/limits-to-growth/

Dave Gardner Director of the documentary GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth

[-] 1 points by notaneoliberal (2269) 1 year ago

Thanks for weighing in Dave. I'm familiar with your work from way back. Good to see you here. Keep up the good work. Your website is excellent.

[-] 1 points by notaneoliberal (2269) 1 year ago

Good links. The lack of a clear understanding of this issue makes realistic solutions to our problems impossible.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20504) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

It does seem to suggest that nothing short of a miracle may save civilization - whether you subscribe to the theory of miracles or not, we do, I insist, have a responsibility, to do whatever we may to address these issues -

  • global warming

  • economic theory predicated on unlimited growth

The way society is presently organized is simply not sustainable.

[-] 0 points by Clicheisking (-210) 1 year ago

Over population?

[-] 0 points by notaneoliberal (2269) 1 year ago

Does anyone here, have an awareness of this issue?

[-] 1 points by niphtrique (323) from Sneek, FR 1 year ago

Here is a comprehensive solution but is not a politically correct one (but limits to growth are not politically correct):

http://www.naturalmoney.org/buildfuture.html

[-] 0 points by notaneoliberal (2269) 1 year ago

I must say, this does give a comprehensive picture of the problems. Unfortunately, as you say, the solutions are not politically correct.