Speaker: John Meyer
Topic: The Real Economy Doesn’t Need Growth.
Time: Jan 31, 2024 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
All commercial groups would like the growth of the commercial economy to continue but few need it to. The few that are dependent on growth are the very players that the real economy can do very well without.
It is no longer enough for earth scientists to offer up ever more alarming studies and for activists to repeat the message that we need to act to avoid a losing showdown with Mother Earth. We need to identify the reasons for our inaction to date and the interests which are slow-walking and derailing the transition to a de-carbonized and sustainable society.
We need to make social policy biophysically coherent and separate from the commercial economy. Within the commercial economy we need to distinguish between the real economy and the money economy. We need to recognize that inflation is being used as a wealth transfer mechanism.
That will allow us to better identify the interests which are absolutely reliant on growth to support the existence of their business model.
John Meyer is a semi-retired small business owner with a degree in economics. He has had a few articles published in Canada’s major newspapers dealing with a range of topics from population, immigration and the environment to the failings of GDP based metrics for social policy formation. He has authored two books, “The Renewable Energy Transition, Realities for Canada and the World” and “The Post-Pandemic World, Sustainable Living on a Wounded Planet” which are published by Springer Nature. Mr. Meyer is currently President of the NGO “Canadians for a Sustainable Society” and is renovating an old house in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to be nearly energy neutral. He will also be building a small new house with novel construction to be energy positive and weather resilient. His primary interests are the changes necessary to achieve a sustainable society, population cycles and the reasons for failed human social structures throughout history.