Interview with William R. Catton, Jr.


Frank Rotering

This is Part 1 of an interview with William R. Catton, Jr., conducted on August 9, 2008 at his home near Tacoma, Washington, USA. Catton is the author of the seminal book, “Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change,” published in 1980. In the interview he outlines the major themes of his book: stealing from the future, exuberant growth, takeover and drawdown, industrialization, carrying capacity deficit, the absence of real villains, the bane of advertising, humankind’s true nature, ecological modesty, and the need for us to expect the worst. He also addresses the push to re-localize our economies, and outlines his current book project: “Humanity’s Impending Impasse.” (Note: retitled “Bottleneck” and self-published in 2009.) He ends on a note of optimism, encouraging us to enjoy life despite the catastrophe he fears is coming.

Interview with William R. Catton, Jr. (Part 2 of 5)


In this second part of the video interview, Bill Catton answers questions about “Stealing the Future”, “Our Age of Exuberance”, the concepts of “Takeover” and “Drawdown”, “Thomas Malthus”, and the “Industrial Revolution”.

Interview with William R. Catton, Jr. (Part 3 of 5)


In this third part of the video interview, Bill Catton answers questions on “Ecological Enlightenment”, “No Real Villians”, “A New Ecological Paradigm”, “Cargoism”, and “Expecting the Worst”.

Interview with William R. Catton, Jr. (Part 4 of 5)

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In this fourth part of the video interview, Bill Catton answers questions about “The Bane of Advertising”, “Undermining Democracy”, “Humankind’s True Nature”, “Renewed Interest in his book Overshoot”, and “Ecological Modesty”.

Interview with William R. Catton, Jr. (Part 5 of 5)

In this fifth part of the video interview, Bill Catton answers questions on “Re-localization”, “Human Agency”, and his new book, “Humanity’s Impending Impasse” (Note: retitled “Bottleneck” and self-published in 2009.) He ends with a final message of optimism.

Interview with William R. Catton, Jr.

Frank Rotering

This is an interview with William R. Catton, Jr., conducted on August 9, 2008 at his home near Tacoma, Washington, USA. Catton is the author of the seminal book, “Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change,” published in 1980. In the interview he outlines the major themes of his book: stealing from the future, exuberant growth, takeover and drawdown, industrialization, carrying capacity deficit, the absence of real villains, the bane of advertising, humankind’s true nature, ecological modesty, and the need for us to expect the worst. He also addresses the push to re-localize our economies, and outlines his current book project: “Humanity’s Impending Impasse.” He ends on a note of optimism, encouraging us to enjoy life despite the catastrophe he fears is coming.

 

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