One of my intellectual heroes, the Nobel Prize– winning chemist Frederick Soddy, put it another way. He said the problem in our economy is the one thing that economists have in their system which does not obey the laws of physics. And that is money. Money is the symbol of wealth, and yet it operates on laws which contradict the laws that wealth operates on. It’s very strange to have a symbol system that operates in ways that are fundamentally different from the thing being symbolized.
HERMAN DALY APPLIES A BIOPHYSICAL LENS TO THE ECONOMY AND FINDS THAT BIGGER ISN’T NECESSARILY BETTER.