Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution

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Politicians, economists, and Wall Street would have us believe that limitless economic expansion is the Holy Grail, and that there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Supply Shock debunks these widely accepted myths and demonstrates that we are in fact navigating the end of the era of economic growth, and that the only sustainable alternative is the development of a steady state economy.

Starting with a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive critique of economic growth, the author engages readers in an enormous topic that affects everyone in every country. Publishers Weekly favorably compared Brian Czech to Carl Sagan for popularizing their difficult subjects; Supply Shock shows why.

Czech presents a compelling alternative to growth based on keen scientific, economic, and political insights including:

  • The "trophic theory of money"
  • The overlooked source of technological progress that prevents us from reconciling growth and environmental protection
  • Bold yet practical policies for establishing a steady state economy

Supply Shock leaves no doubt that the biggest idea of the twentieth century—economic growth—has become the biggest problem of the twenty-first. Required reading for anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit, this landmark work lays a solid foundation for a new economic model, perhaps in time for preventing global catastrophes; certainly in time for lessening the damages.

Brian Czech is the founder of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), the leading organization promoting the transition from unsustainable growth to a new economic paradigm.


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THE STEADY STATE REVOLUTION NAVIGATING THE END OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

Supply Shock clearly describes the heart of what ails us a zombie-like addiction to economic growth everywhere at all costs. Brian Czech brilliantly dissects the economic theories, models, and mindsets that are diminishing the human prospect while calling it progress”. King Midas would have understood the point, as we will someday.
David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College

it’s evident that Czech has mastered the art of melding science, economics,
policy and politics in one readable piece. Supply Shock belongs in the classroom, boardroom, town halls and policy circles.

Herman Daly, from the foreword

Politicians , economists , and Wall Street would have us believe that limitless expansion is the Holy Grail, and that there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Supply Shock debunks this widely accepted myth, leaving no doubt that the biggest idea of the 20th century economic growth has now become the biggest problem of the 21st.

Starting with a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive critique of the dismal science”, author Brian Czech develops a compelling argument for a steady state economy. Whereas many works of economic thought can be dry and boring, Supply Shock succeeds at engaging readers while conveying keen scientific, economic and political insights including:

The trophic theory of money”
The overlooked source of technological progress that prevents
us from reconciling growth and environmental protection
Bold yet practical policy objectives designed to ease the transition
to life after growth.

Required reading for anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit, this landmark work lays a solid foundation for a new economic model, perhaps in time for preventing global catastrophes; certainly in time to mitigate the damage. Czech’s vision of steady statesmanship” is impressive and convincing, and this book easily qualifies as one of the key manuals for those who care about the world and its inhabitants.
Lynn Gree nwalt, former director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An old economic world is dying, and a new economic world is being born.
Brian Czech is one of the visionaries

Governor Rich ard D. Lamm

Brian Czech is the founder of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), the leading organization promoting the transition from unsustainable growth to a new economic paradigm.
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THE STEADY STATE REVOLUTION ― NAVIGATING THE END OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

Supply Shock clearly describes the heart of what ails us―a zombie-like addiction to economic growth everywhere at all costs. Brian Czech brilliantly dissects the economic theories, models, and mindsets that are diminishing the human prospect while calling it “progress”. ... King Midas would have understood the point, as we will someday.
― David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College

... it’s evident that Czech has mastered the art of melding science, economics,
policy and politics in one readable piece. Supply Shock belongs in the classroom, boardroom, town halls and policy circles.

― Herman Daly, from the foreword

Politicians , economists , and Wall Street would have us believe that limitless expansion is the Holy Grail, and that there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Supply Shock debunks this widely accepted myth, leaving no doubt that the biggest idea of the 20th century – economic growth – has now become the biggest problem of the 21st.

Starting with a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive critique of “the dismal science”, author Brian Czech develops a compelling argument for a steady state economy. Whereas many works of economic thought can be dry and boring, Supply Shock succeeds at engaging readers while conveying keen scientific, economic and political insights including:

  • The “trophic theory of money”
  • The overlooked source of technological progress that prevents
    us from reconciling growth and environmental protection
  • Bold yet practical policy objectives designed to ease the transition
    to life after growth.

    Required reading for anyone concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit, this landmark work lays a solid foundation for a new economic model, perhaps in time for preventing global catastrophes; certainly in time to mitigate the damage. Czech’s vision of “steady statesmanship” is impressive and convincing, and this book easily qualifies as one of the key manuals for those who care about the world and its inhabitants.
    ― Lynn Gree nwalt, former director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    An old economic world is dying, and a new economic world is being born.
    Brian Czech is one of the visionaries...

    ― Governor Rich ard D. Lamm

    Brian Czech is the founder of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), the leading organization promoting the transition from unsustainable growth to a new economic paradigm.
  • About the Author:

    Brian Czech is the founder of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), the leading organization promoting the transition from unsustainable growth to a new economic paradigm. CASSE was named the Best Green Think Tank of 2011 by Treehugger. Brian’s background is in ecology, conservation biology, and economics, and together with colleagues from several professional scientific societies, he crafted a position statement on economic growth that has been signed by nearly 10,000 individuals and endorsed by hundreds of progressive organizations.

    Herman Daly was a senior economist with the World Bank in the 1980’s and 90’s. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous environmental organizations, and is a cofounder and associate editor of the journal Ecological Economics. He is the author of many articles about economic development as it relates to population, resources and the environment, as well as numerous books, including Toward a Steady-State Economy, Beyond Growth, and Steady-State Economics.

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