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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.
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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. 
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a group of far-right radicals stormed the U.S. Capitol to prevent the congressional certification of Joseph R. Biden as president. At first glance, the insurrection had nothing to do with GDP growth, right? Yet further reflection leads us to connect some overlooked dots. A Trump-like obsession with growth is part of a broader mentality that too readily incorporates reckless, selfish, and destructive behavior and politics. Brian Czech explains the connections in this first special episode of The Steady Stater.Music citation:Long Road Ahead by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3996-long-road-aheadLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
2020 has been a trying year for us all. A global pandemic, racial reckoning, and presidential election barely scratch the tumultuous surface. Thankfully, 2020 didn’t only deliver duds. There is much to be thankful for! In this episode, Brian Czech gives an uplifting rundown of CASSE projects, initiatives, and organizational growth from the past year. Though we cannot undo the horrors and hardships that many suffered in 2020, we hope that this episode gives you a glimmer of hope for a brighter, fully sustainable future. From all of us at CASSE, happy holidays and may 2021 be a joyous, steady-statish new year!
The time has come to reject the fuzzy notions that "everything will be okay" while populations grow and economies expand. Humankind is headed for misery and collapse if we fail to take unprecedented action to stabilize our footprint. Unfortunately, our brains didn’t evolve to deal with the 21st century. Frankly we need some “uncommon sense.” In this episode, Brian Czech and Rick Tibbetts discuss a book that provides just that — Uncommon Sense: Shortcomings of the Human Mind for Handling Big-Picture, Long-Term Challenges by Peter Seidel.
How is our chemical-laden economy impacting wild animals and wildlife populations? To answer this question, Brian chats with renowned biologist, ecologist, and Professor Steven R. Sheffield. The two offer a rousing discussion on the detrimental effects that man-made toxins are having on innocent animals and how the runaway economy is fueling this injustice.
At some point in our lives, we've all received the patient advice, "go with the flow." But what happens when that flow is obstructed by dastardly diversions and deadbeat dams? In Gary Wockner's case, he gets a Ph.D. in environmental geography, writes countless articles, a book, and founds an advocacy organization, Save the Colorado, to help protect the world's rivers. In this episode, Brian chats with Gary about his important work and why saving the Colorado River requires a steady state economy.
You can't have a steady state economy without a smartly designed policy infrastructure. In this episode, Brian explains six policies that would bring any nation closer to a steady state: (1) the Full and Sustainable Employment Act, (2) cap-auction-trade systems, (3) luxury taxes, (4) salary caps, (5) population stabilization incentives, (6) phase-out of fractional reserve banking.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and in this episode of the Steady Stater Brian talks with Herman Daly, the father of steady-state economics. It’s no coincidence: Steady staters have Daly to thank—more than anyone else—for the vision of a steady state economy. After listening to this episode, you too will have an additional reason to be thankful, even amidst the daunting trends of the 21st century. To our weekly listeners, CASSE also sends a big thank-you for your support!
Disrupting the status quo in American politics is a notoriously difficult task, but in the 1990s, the Reform Party did just that. It gave Americans a viable third choice in a rigid two-party system. In this episode, Ph.D. economist and former Reform Party vice-presidential candidate Pat Choate speaks with Brian about the challenges of running a third-party campaign, effective messaging tactics, and how to bring steady state economics to the mainstream.
In this week's episode, Brian Czech and Rick Tibbetts (producer of The Steady Stater) provide candid and cogent reactions to the 2020 presidential election from the steady stater point of view. The two CASSE colleagues discuss the current state of the election, why 68 million Americans voted for Trump, and what a Biden victory might mean for steady staters.
Wisconsin's Secretary of State Doug LaFollette is a wellspring of fascinating information on steady-state politics. In this episode, Brian and Doug continue their conversation from last week, exploring topics such as government-issued gag orders, the backlash to the population stabilization movement, and the Pope's implicit endorsement of the steady state economy.
Hailing from the chilly upper reaches of America's midwest is stalwart steady stater Doug LaFollette, Wisconsin's current Secretary of State. In addition to holding high office, LaFollette has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, co-founded the Clean Wisconsin initiative, and served as a Wisconsin organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970. In this episode, Brian speaks with LaFollette about his ascent into environmentalism, the Wisconsin conservation movement, and his efforts to bring steady statesmanship to the state.
There is so much to say about the Trophic Theory of Money that we had to break the topic down into two parts! In this episode, Brian Czech fills in the gaps from last week's discussion of agricultural surpluses and ancient currencies. He then shifts the conversation to today by identifying the implications of the trophic theory of money for modern economic policy.
There is no theory in economics more down to Earth than the trophic theory of money (TTOM). Born out of an epiphany in ecological economics by Brian Czech, the TTOM offers the clearest explanation to the ecosystem we call “the economy” and the origins of money. In this episode, we examine this theory through the lens of ancient cultures and the food chains of nature.
It's not often that steady staters achieve success in the political arena; even less often do they run for and win public office; and never do they run for president. However, the former three-term governor of Colorado, Dick Lamm, is the one rare exception. In 1996, he ran for president as a member of the Reform Party, competing against Ross Perot for the party's nomination. In this episode, we chat with Lamm about his tenure as a steady-state politician, how he managed to win over voters, and his experiences with some of the biggest names in U.S. politics.
As one of the most ecologically rich countries on Earth, Australia has a powerful incentive to protective its environment and the unique wildlife that depend on it. For this reason, the Down Under has proven to be fertile ground for steady statesmanship, with a growing number of Aussies showing enthusiastic support for CASSE's mission. One of which is Martin Tye, a straight-talking politician and CASSE's Australian Regional Communities Chapter Director. In this week's episode, we chat with Martin about Australian politics, his discovery of the steady state economy, and his passionate daily activism for an ecologically sustainable world.
Overshoot Day — the day when our resource consumption exceeds planetary capacity — fell on August 22 this year. In other words, we’re living on borrowed time and starting to pay the price with climate change, sea-level rise, and biodiversity loss. The date is calculated by the Global Footprint Network (GFN), a key ally in advancing the steady state economy. In this episode of The Steady Stater, Brian Czech interviews his first guest on the podcast, GFN CEO Laurel Hanscom.
It's time to bring sound science and common sense to the political arena! Advancing the steady state economy not only requires thoughtful debate, public relations campaigns, and personal outreach, but also steady state advocates in local, state, and federal government. That's why we're calling for greater political participation from those who seek to ditch the old pro-growth model and set the course for a smarter, fully sustainable future. After all, what better way to reform policies priorities than by being the ones who create them?
To be a steady stater is to be against GDP growth. That’s not the same as being against GDP as a metric. GDP is an invaluable tool for measuring environmental impact and mustn't be discarded, as some in the degrowth camp suggest. In this episode, host Brian Czech examines the merits of monitoring GDP, and the need to view GDP growth in the 21st century as alarming, not encouraging.
Discussions of the economy are fraught with misleading and manipulative terminology, often designed to improve corporate reputations, stimulate consumption, and grow the GDP. This week, host Brian Czech exposes a dozen linguistic tricks and rhetorical ploys. While the style of this episode is lighthearted and sardonic, the outcome will be more critical thinking about economic growth.
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ncooty

@20:06: Some pretty loose causal connections there. Also, Mr. Czech seems to misuse the term "lame duck" and the Donald Duck reference adds nothing. Worthwhile theme, but the podcast content needs to be tightened up with more focus per episode, and more substance (for my taste). I'd have thought the first episode would lay out more of the detailed problem statement and analysis.

Dec 2nd
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