Growth leads to catastrophe.
The interminable growth of anything amounts to a terminal cancer on the host/environment.
(updated: July 15th, 2017 by <craiger oochi at outlook dotty com> )

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* While I've hammered on growth issues in my other web pages (say: Small and TCT), "growth" is long overdue for a page of its own, if only to witness and express my appreciation for those few voices in the wilderness who've long been struggling against the tides and cultural mindsets of growth.

* With a few exceptions (such as visionaries Malthus, J.S. Mill, William Vogt, Paul R. Ehrlich), we've heretofore mainly seen treatments of community, urban,  and state size come before the public eye --book titles like: E. F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful, Human Scale by Kirkpatrick Sale (Sale is bringing out a sequel: "Revisited"), The Breakdown of Nations by Leopold Kohr.

There've been recent, welcome exceptions, which often read more like laments: "The Limits to Growth", commissioned by the "Club of Rome", Prof. Stephen Hawking's, Colorado Springs' Professor Bartlett's, Brian O’Neill's and Ted Turner's advocacies --Julia Whitty's "The Last Taboo", Fred Pearce's "The Coming Population Crash", the 1999 founders of "Alternatives to Growth Oregon" (I have their videos), and in 2011: Dave Gardner's (and team's) film: Hooked On Growth (which I tried and failed to get accepted by our local public library --without explanation). (I very much like our library, however, and the kind people who staff it.)

* Here are shout-outs --to : Raw Story's Ana Kasparian's 2016 comments noting the downturn in child bearing among the millenial generation: "--the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the average family will spend close to $304,500 on a kid from the moment he or she is born to when the child turns 18. That means that a middle class family will pay $17,000 a year for one child, and it doesn’t even include private school or a college education. --The Economic Policy Institute found that a whopping 30 percent of a minimum wage earner’s income would go toward childcare alone. For those living in New York, that number jumps to 80 percent."

And to: The Atlantic's James Hamblin's 2016 comments: "There is not enough space to house and feed everyone. Population growth has us on course for catastrophic famine and war that result from overpopulating a planet that is growing ever less habitable."

* Wikipedia has a good summation of steady-state economy concepts --which ends by considering the good work of ecological economist Herman Daly. There might not be anyone in that summary who comes across better than (the included) J. S. Mill, but my hat is off to this presentation.

* Somehow, authors like Sale, Schumacher and Kohr could speak to problems of communities, technologies and states becoming too large and complex, while having little to say about population growth.

* There find a banquet of compelling population related articles, served and maintained for 20 years now by Ms. Karen Gaia. (Thanks for staying the course, Karen!)

* Growthbusters (and their movie) is the best of recent outreach on population issues. Here and at other good venues, Dave Gardner looms large. He operates out of Colorado Springs, spreading awareness in the foot steps (and beyond) of Professor Bartlett (who appears in the movie).

It's encouraging that I could easily find engaging and favorable reviews for Hooked On Growth.

At --

Growthbusters --The Movie (review)
By Stuart Jeanne Bramhall (originally published by The Daily Censored)
October 17, 2012

"Growthbusters is the inspiring story of Dave Gardner’s efforts to challenge conservative Colorado Springs’ failed growth promotion policies. The film begins by focusing on the insanity of local councils cutting essential public services to “jump start” growth. However it also takes a broader theoretical look at the overall failure of economic growth to solve the global economic crisis. More importantly it tackles head-on the deeper and more serious issue of population control – and the conspiracy of silence on the part of institutional environmental groups (such as Sierra Club) on the issue." (This is a long, readable and informative review, so please take the link. --Craig)


--is another good and favorable review at Transition Voice, of which the following is a snippit.

Review of Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth
January 24, 2012 By Staff Reports

"Does growth always mean prosperity?"

"---We know our farmland, fisheries, timber supply, atmosphere and economy are all in decline. And we may see that driving all of these trends is the relentless expansion of human population, now over seven billion.  /  Who you gonna call?"

"What Growthbusters brings into high relief, however, is that there are layers of contradictory and self-defeating assumptions we all carry about the notion of growth.  /  Socially, culturally, and politically, our unexamined ideas about growth get in the way of coherent public discussion or policy. City councils tend to over encourage growth in order to increase their tax bases, only to be surprised by tomorrow's traffic congestion, declining quality of life, and rising expenses for new schools or roads.  /  We think growth will create new jobs, and then we're surprised when those jobs go mainly to newcomers to the community, with no net improvement in life or economy."

"Growthbusters by Dave Gardner, 98 minutes, $19.95-$199.95 (private copy to public showing rates.)"

(Interested in holding a public showing, I examined the DVD's label, packaging, its opening legends and extras, trying to find copyright/use restrictions, but found none --until reading this review. $199.95 --!  Guess I'll just settle for making a web page instead. --Craig) (This recalls a long ago experience when I got fired up and ordered a set of video tapes from the Christic Institute. It was so ham-strung with use/showing restrictions that it didn't even seem legal to donate the set to a public library. --Craig)

Take this link:

--to read another informative review by Fred Elbel, of which the following is an extract:

"---the viewer {might} dread a full 90 minutes of pietistic feel-goodism based upon some naive compendium of “10 things you can do to save the planet.” This is decidedly not the case; the movie is a well-done, engaging, and moving documentary."

"GrowthBusters: Hooked On Growth is a tremendously important documentary. It is the story of one man's crusade against his own city's growth mandate, and of a civilization which can still achieve the potential of sustainability. GrowthBusters presents interviews and perspectives from dozens of experts world-wide and is both visually stimulating and editorially coherent. Frequent changes of perspective — from personal to local to international --seize and maintain the viewer's attention."

(The rest of Elbel's good review also glows with approval --Craig)

My "review": I found Hooked on Growth to be a bit less transitioned (than did the above reviewers), somewhat strained in its humor, which is needlessly broad and prankish at times (like staging a phone call to the Pope for a condom order, which might be why our local library turned the DVD down). No doubt Hooked On Growth meets young moderns "where they're at" (or is meant to).  --Craig

* A ray of hope: "sex dolls" --which use to be pathetic looking inflatables, but they've since evolved into a diversity of often appealing silicone creations, as well as rudimentary "sexbots": robotic devices which even pretend to "artificial intelligence" --per:

Search "sex dolls", "sexbot" or "sex robot" at and up comes a selection of products --!

While you're at Amazon, peruse the free pages of David Levy's: Love and Sex with Robots.

It's easy to imagine both genders "grooving" on comely and compliant artifices, sometimes out of reach of, or to the abandonment of human-to-human sexual relationships, and to the point of reducing or even reversing population growth.

"Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly" --especially if it's your personal best.