Richard White’s stunning essay is a long read, but well worth the effort. Although nominally a critique of the Steady State Economy proposals put forth by Herman Daly, Tim Jackson and NEF, it stands on its own as an impeccable critique of the Capitalist mode of production and its basic incapability to stop the ongoing social and environmental degradation of our time.
I find that the mere mention of the word “capitalism” can easily trigger defensive reactions which hamper any possible dialogue. In lieu of shared definition, I strongly recommend reading White’s full easy with an open mind and analyse whether his fits the bill. The critical aspect of the essay is handled with exemplary respectfulness towards Daly, et al.
Via Economie écologique