Many subscribers to PMC’s Daily Email are familiar with Dave Gardner’s Growthbusters project. Dave has coined the phrases “growth addict” and “growth booster” to serve as helpful tools to quickly and concisely describe members of our species with an unexamined and outspoken fetish for chimeras such as perpetual economic growth. Below, Charles Kenny, writing in Foreign Policy, makes a case for being known as a “growth addict supreme” as he argues for demographic expansion as an economic development tool… or, perhaps, this is some form of satire?
Go Forth and Multiply
Want to stop the slide in U.S. dominance? Make more Americans.
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing of late regarding the imminent demise of America’s global economic dominance as China’s gross domectic product (GDP) outstrips that of the United States. Those concerns are overwrought — aggregate output and average quality of life in a country are two very different things. But if you really want to preserve America’s top spot in the GDP rankings, there’s only one way to do it. You’ve got to make more Americans.
To read the full article, please click here: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/02/27/go_forth_and_multiply?page=0,0
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