WATCH: Interactive Interview w/ Author Richard Heinberg: Are We At The End Of Growth?




UPDATE 1/31/2012: We think it went pretty well… despite the interviewer’s audio being a little over modulated; Richard Heinberg sounds great, though!

Please check out the recording below, and comment below or in our forums… http://occupyeducated.org/forums/topic.php?id=320&replies=1#post-629

First go to our page featuring much of his book “The End of Growth” for FREE

Then watch it on this page you’re reading now, or use/share this link for the Live Q&A if the embed is broken: http://www.vokle.com/events/46009-interactive-q-and-a-richard-heinberg-author-of-the-end-of-growth

On Monday, January 30th, 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific, Richard Heinberg, author of “The Party’s Over”, “Peak Everything” and “The End of Growth”, the last of which is featured on our Essential Reading List, will be discussing what it means to be living in a growth-based economy on a finite planet.  If it is not sustainable to grow forever, then what sort of demands should Occupy be making of the system?  Do we need fixes, or a complete rethinking of our economy?  Do we search for economic justice now, or prepare for an entirely new game?

photos from groaction.com (above) and theoildrum.com

VIDEO: The Deficit and Debt Ceiling Game

The cliché goes: the Democratic leadership want to increase the deficit and go deeper into debt, bankrupting our government, and the Republican leadership wants to cut spending on everything but perks for the rich, bankrupting 99% of the American People. But what are the facts behind this perception?

Here’s an objective video by Khanacademy.org explaining — in layman’s terms — the constant game the government plays with the deficit, to keep up the illusion that the United States is a stable economy, that can go growing forever. It covers the last round of the game, and will not be a much different story from the future rounds. As observed in The End of Growth (first book to be read by Occupy Educated’s new Meetup), such a thing is physically impossible, and keeping up this game may best be described as collective insanity. As seen in Debt: The First 5,000 Years, this game has been a long time coming.

How do you see this game ending, and when? Comment here or in the discussion forums.