Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:24 PM
snot (9,080 posts)
Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy
by James Gustave Speth, Sep 19, 2012, yes! magazine:
We tend to see growth as an unalloyed good, but an expanding body of evidence is now telling us to think again. Economic growth may be the world’s secular religion, but for most it is a god that is failing—underperforming for most of the world’s people, and creating more problems than it solves for those in affluent societies.
Much more at http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/Manifesto-for-a-post-growth-economy-james-gustaves-speth .
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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 02:11 PM
NoOneMan (4,795 posts)
4. My issue with steady-state:
What makes anyone think that we can even perpetually maintain our current infrastructure and meet our current energy needs within a finite system?
Further, what makes anyone think the current level of development & consumption, and the supposed "goodness" that it imparts on the human condition, is necessary and worth maintaining in the first place?
When push comes to shove, we may not even be able to keep what we currently have. And when that happens, maybe we ought to ask if its even worth keeping.