0g - zero growth economics



Zero growth, steady state economics and a better life?
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Mark Garnier : steady state economics is good thing in principle, trouble is we are in debt and we have to fund this part by cuts, part by growth. We have to move together internationally if we are to alter things.
David Triggs: our system of taxation should be based on land value, which doesn’t inhibit production, trade, or employment.
Peter Challen: think of context. Occupy Wall Street says we are one people. Exponential growth is happening in our time. We must take notice of this. There are credible alternatives to current economics.
See attachment for WCF notes.

Attached are some photos of the event.

Peter Challen writes:

I attach some resources for the workshop – tools, that given a right choice at specific times, might prove useful.

If we are serious about 0g and living systems, I think we have to read seriously about Monetary and Fiscal Reform and Basic Income and Trusteeship of the Commons [ as carefully defined by James Quilligan] in the context that at last a philosopher political economist of international reputation and significant access [UN, G20 Finance Minsters and the Global Elders for example] is articulating and promoting.

In the PDF attached, an article in a continuous quarterly series in KOSMOS by James Quilligan – ‘The Failed Metaphysics of property…’

I also attach the Declaration of Oct 18th from OWS NY [ a copy of which I gave to Mark Garnier]. Read this and realise how embedded our global society is in false assumptions and monopolistic structures

[Also enclosed are] my slides……….

Zero growth economics is steady-state, stable; where businesses, cities and nations rise and fall according to merit, locally and globally. It accepts ups and downs to adjust to currency strength and inflation, but is based on the principle that we have enough, we are trying to refine and live better lives without needing more.

Growth economics relies on more activity to repay debt. It defines activity in monetary terms. But money is created by private banks as interest-bearing debt. A circular system.

Listening to the Civic Forum debate, it is clear that the whole structure of our economy is wrong. We tax – or punish – employment through NI, trade through VAT, and wealth creation through income tax. These are the very things we say we are trying to encourage. A system of taxation based on land value would be far more effective in practice, as David Triggs explained.

It is not as if capitalism works. We know, we can see that it is not working. By relying, as Mark Garnier said, on growth to repay a significant part of our debt, is not to cure the problem but giving the sick patient care.

Peter Challen put the debate in context. It is terrifying to see the exponential growth of humanity, but he reminded us that good work is being done internationally to find a more reasonable way to get the balance of human growth and the resources of the planet in context. One of the problems is to get heard.

See the Quilligan Seminars Spring 2012 for further discussion on the topic of land value or location value taxation: http://www.schoolofcommoning.com/content/overview-seminar-series#overlay…

New lectures from 22- 28 October on zero growth economics at various locations in London – see here for more:

28 October 2012 St James Piccadilly 3 – 5 PM Book Launch of


Fred Harrison’s book sets before us a challenging and compelling message. It asks — and offers answers — to some of the most challenging questions we face:

• How can we persuade people of good faith to unite in a common message about the design of a sane political economy?
• Will a recovery of an understanding of the commons aid the transformation in political economy so urgently required?
• Will a better understanding of the corrosive power of rent help us develop a new economic paradigm serving people and the planet?
• Will the convergence of financial instability, the end of cheap oil, and climate change usher in an era of contraction
• Will we move positively to a new economy of replenishment that doesn’t depend on growth fuelled by cheap energy, reckless consumption and financial speculation?
• How can communities best prepare for economic volatility and thrive in a re-localized world?
• Can we pursue improvements in education, the arts, health, well-being, freedom, and happiness without endless expansion of consumption?

‘Our present ways of knowing are imbalanced, which has skewed the economic system and reduced the commons of the ordinary world into commodities and money. Since all people have two brain hemispheres which process complementary views on the nature of reality as a whole and as a part, a foundation exists for economic knowledge that is both universal and pluralistic. The development of this ‘theory of knowledge’ [epistemology] ‘will reunite the economy with the commons’ [ontology].’.JB Quilligan

in which we each respect others’ contribution and starting points.


3.00 Introductions: Canon Peter Challen – welcome and context

3.05 Anthony Werner – the publisher’s hope

3.10 Fred Harrison – the book, its setting and its purpose

3.20 A visual and audio introduction
With readings by Jemma Redgrave, Jennifer Wiltsie
and Carlo Nero

3.40 A jobbing theologian’s comment
3.50: Participation begins for an hour

4.50 Summing up
as we work out the movement from rhetoric to

Contents of
The Traumatised Society
How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation

The Existential Crisis
Part I
A General Theory of Cheating

1 God’s Land Deal
2 The 1st Law of Social Dynamics
3 Cheating as Social Process
4 Humanicide
Part II
Apartheid Economics

5 The State of Trauma
6 The Depletion of Society
7 The Pathway to Dystopia
8 Perfect Storm in the Middle Kingdom

Part III
Recalibrating the Western Mind

9 The Decline of the West
10 The Algorithm of Life
11 Society’s Automatic Stabiliser
12 Between Eden and Nod

Epilogue The Making of World War III


October 28th 2012 St James, Piccadilly

January 26th 2013 School of Economic Science, Nr. Bond St

April 6th 2013 St Mary Aldermary, City of London

May 4th 2013 Christ Church Blackfriars Rd. SE1

June 1st 2013, St James, Piccadilly

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