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When Wealth Disappears

When Wealth Disappears | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
We are reaching end times for Western affluence. We must accept economic honesty and recognize that promises made during good times can no longer be easily kept.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:06 PM

Brilliant must-read article from NY Times.

"In his “Future of an Illusion,” Sigmund Freud argued that the faithful clung to God’s existence in the absence of evidence because the alternative — an empty void — was so much worse. Modern beliefs about economic prospects are not so different. Policy makers simply pray for a strong recovery. They opt for the illusion because the reality is too bleak to bear. But as the current fiscal crisis demonstrates, facing the pain will not be easy. And the waking up from our collective illusions has barely begun."

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Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive

Tim Jackson: Let’s Be Less Productive | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The relentless drive for productivity may have some limits; if our economies don’t continue to expand, we risk putting people out of work.

 

Excellent article by Tim Jackson ("Prosperity without growth") pleading for less productivity and more quality of life to deal with our growth crisis.


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New Inclusive Wealth Index shows lower growth and future risks for major economies

"Some large economies show significantly lower growth when natural assets such as forests and water are factored into growth indicators, an index showed on Sunday, a few days before an international sustainability summit starts in Rio de Janeiro."

 

Interesting new report from two of the UN's environmental institutions shows that the Beyond GDP debate needs more and faster progress.


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