The Steady Stater, hosted by Brian Czech, is a podcast by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, dedicated to exploring limits to growth and sustainable solutions. Czech and his guests discuss the principles of steady-state economics and how they apply to contemporary politics and policy. The Steady Stater airs every Monday at 8:00 a.m. EST.
In a first for the Steady Stater, Brian hosts two guests at once. These guests have a lot in common: scientists, civic-minded citizens, organic farmers, and certainly steady staters. As a bonus, they happen to be married, which makes for a smoothly flowing episode. If you want to hear how steady statesmanship percolates at the local government level, don’t miss this episode!
Can we learn from history? It depends on the historian! Hear the erudite Adam Rome reflect upon the roots of American conservation (interesting take), the Progressive Movement, the Dust Bowl, FDR, the Great Suburbanization, Earth Day and more. Adam and Brian emerge from the halls of history to reflect upon the steady-state prospects for the 21st century (with a plan to continue the dialog).
Sabine O’Hara occupies a unique niche in ecological economics, with numerous titles to show for it. She’s also developed a dynamic research program at the only urban land-grant university in the USA. Listen to Sabine discuss with Brian her theory of production, urban food hubs, capitalism, and input:output analysis. Learn too about CAUSES, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences at the Universit...
The balance of nature. Balancing resources among nations. Balancing politics with the raw facts of overpopulation. Working in the population education field is a constant balancing act, and David Paxson has been on the tightrope ever since establishing World Population Balance in 1991. Listen to him discuss his voluminous insights with Brian Czech in this week’s episode of The Steady Stater.
This week’s guest at the Steady Stater is a renaissance man in sustainability studies. Bill Rees conceived the ecological footprint concept, and helped develop the footprinting methodology thereafter. In this episode we explore the concept and do some “backtracking,” too, all the way back to Bill’s original thoughts. Brian and Bill also entertain the backtracking of GDP to the ecological footprint itself.
Ever wonder why 50% of plastic bags have holes—and always near the bottom? What about Hummers; how in heck did those happen? Then we have McMansions, the NRA’s special Kuznets Curve, and “20 % off” everything, all the time! Let Brian Czech guide you through these mysteries of American life, as a bit of comedic relief inches the steady state economy closer to the cusp of a cultural awakening.
Kate Raworth may be the most effective economic reformer today. Her vision of a “doughnut economy”—between the hole of poverty and the outer darkness of planetary overshoot—has rolled into Amsterdam and it’s not stopping there. If we roll it out into a “breadstick”—poverty below and overshoot above—does it amount to a steady state economy? Brian and Kate explore the concept.
Herman Daly’s well-developed thoughts on markets and capitalism have been misunderstood and misrepresented among Marxists and undiscerning muckrakers. It’s time to set the record straight! Don’t miss this clarifying conversation between Brian and Herman. In addition to fascinating discussion about markets, market failures, and models of political economy, this episode is a perfect fit for economics classes.
Why such a fuss about a signable position calling for a steady state economy? Let us count the reasons. Follow along with Brian and guest Madeline Baker until you get to 10—you’ll probably think of even more!
What’s a simple step anyone can take to support the steady state economy? Take a position! The CASSE position, that is. In this episode, producer Rick Tibbetts runs through the clauses of the CASSE position, while Brian “reads between the lines.”
In this eventful episode, guest Timothée Parrique describes how his voluminous thoughts on degrowth are evolving, and Brian notes how the CASSE position on economic growth has adapted to include degrowth. As degrowthers and steady staters develop a unified front, the prospects for people and planet are palpably uplifted.
Why the glaring absence, in the media, of limits to growth? Why do we hear nothing about the steady state economy? The answers might surprise you. Listen to Tom Horton — long-time newspaper journalist and steady stater — discuss with Brian the Barriers to the Steady State Economy in the Media.
"They paved paradise to put up a parking lot." From Joni Mitchell to Counting Crows — and of course CASSE — steady staters have lamented the surge of suburbanization. As Americans settle ever farther from urban centers, they significantly increase their carbon footprint and denigrate once-cherished pillars of community. In this episode, famed broadcast journalist Ray Suarez chats with Brian about the often-overlooked extern...
Population growth is a tough nut to crack. Gender dynamics, religious beliefs, education systems, and cultural values have to be grappled with. Undaunted by this challenge, Bill Reyerson, founder and president of the Population Media Center, has dedicated over 45 years of his professional life to doing just that. In this episode, Brian and Bill talk about the fascinating and heartbreaking realities of population growth around the w...
If there's something strange in your economy, who you gonna call? Growthbusters! And that's exactly what we did. In this episode, Brian chats with renowned podcaster, conservationist, and director of the movie Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth, Dave Gardner, about advancing the steady state economy, his forays into local politics, and his laudable, affable, and often (intentionally) laughable efforts to put de-growth on the b...
Steady staters have something to say about biodiversity conservation. Brian Czech is a case in point, if not in spades. In this episode, Czech presents a “unified theory” of biodiversity conservation encompassing aspects of conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, ecological economics, and political science. Even the philosophy of science is not off limits. (Don’t miss the “epistemological kicker” on non-human knowledge).
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Bigger is not always better. In fact, we would argue that smaller is often a better option, especially in terms of national economies! Renowned anthropologist and Regent's Professor John Bodley arrived at the same conclusion, and even wrote a groundbreaking book on the topic, The Small Nation Solution. In this episode, Brian and John explore the themes of this book, focusing ...
Population stabilization was once a bipartisan goal that featured prominently in the environmental movement. Today, thanks to unfounded criticism and irrational politicization, population topics are taboo and serious discussion has been silenced. Luckily, iron-willed individuals like Leon Kolankiewicz remain vocal about the threat of overpopulation. In this episode, Brian and Leon explore facts, figures, and politics pertaining to ...
Money: Means of exchange? Unit of account? Store of value? In the 21st century, there’s way, way more to the story. Some of it might shock you; much might dismay you. But steady staters (and sound citizens) need to grasp the basics of modern money and the monetary system. Get a great start with Brian’s guest, Ann Pettifor, the steady staters monetary economist!
Degrowth toward a steady state economy requires an overhaul of our mental infrastructure. Few understand this concept better than Timothée Parrique, author of the groundbreaking dissertation, "The Political Economy of Degrowth." In this episode, Brian chats with Timothée about his revolutionary research, focusing on "growthism," social limits TO growth, and the social limits OF growth.
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