Alternative Progress Indicator

(The following was included in the GPC 2000 election platform. It is
posted to stimulate discussion on a 2004 plank, and does not represent
a recommendation of the 2004 Platform Development Committee.)

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Alternative Progress Indicator

The Gross National Product is a flawed indicator of our economic
progress. Why? Because it adds, but it never subtracts: all
economic activities, even those that have catastrophic effects
such as the depletion of our East Coast fisheries, are counted as
economic gains, with no thought to the social and environmental
consequences. The Green Party will introduce the Genuine Progress
Indicator, which keeps track of our environmental and fiscal
bottom line.

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