• “The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”
    “The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

    The mainstream economics notion that unfettered growth accompanied by greater consumption and productivity benefits society is false, argues Rob Dietz, Program Director at the Post Carbon Institute. In an interview with getAbstract, he shares his…

  • Are We Punishing the Poor?
    Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
    Are We Punishing the Poor?

    Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

  • “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
    “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

    It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

  • “Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”
    “Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”

    Choices, choices everywhere. Keeping up with the latest fashion and gadgets is not just cash-intensive but also time-consuming. Think about it this way: What else could you be doing with the time not spent consuming?

  • Short of Staging a Revolution, How Can the Current Capitalist System Be Modified?
    Short of Staging a Revolution, How Can the Current Capitalist System Be Modified?

    A widening gap between rich and poor across the world has people rethinking the assumptions and accepted wisdom of mainstream economics.

  • Which Economists Have Had the Greatest Influence on Our Current Economic System?
    Which Economists Have Had the Greatest Influence on Our Current Economic System?

    Certain works of economic thought have shaped the way modern societies operate – for better and for worse. 

  • “The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”
    “The Emergence of Liberty Is Perhaps Even More Surprising than Economic Growth.”

    To get an idea of the political construction of the world of tomorrow, one has to travel back in time – sometimes a few thousand years. Renowned MIT economist Daron Acemoğlu talks about the making…