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Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased

Growth: the destructive god that can never be appeased | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
To try to stabilise this system, governments behave like soldiers billeted in an ancient manor, burning the furniture, the paintings and the stairs to keep themselves warm for a night. They are breaking up the postwar settlement, our public health services and social safety nets, above all the living world, to produce ephemeral spurts of growth. Magnificent habitats, the benign and fragile climate in which we have prospered, species that have lived on earth for millions of years – all are being stacked on to the fire, their protection characterised as an impediment to growth.
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Brilliant must-read article By George Monbiot on the delusion of economic growth

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Powerful article by George Monbiot.

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Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy?

Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"New Zealand will inevitably make a transition to a steady-state economy. The onset of energy descent — having less and less energy to use with each passing decade — will push it to do so sooner rather than later. The critical question is whether the transition to a steady-state economy will be by design or disaster."

 

Must-read article from the always inspiring Fleeing Vesuvius web site

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Green growth or steady state? Rival visions of a green economy |

I’m not convinced that either side – green growthers or steady-statists – has yet won the argument, even after forty years of doing battle. The historical evidence for green growth is threadbare, even nonexistent – though this should give no-one, not even the steady-statists, any cause for pleasure. What’s more, we can’t assume the past will determine the future (in this debate, if it does, we’re stuffed either way). Rather, the two sides ought to take one another far more seriously, and see the merits of a combined programme for transition.

 

Excellent article in openDemocracy with an honest appraisal of the inadequacies of both theories.

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Sustainable Good Society: Why the European Way is Still the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

"In the post-collapse era, economic and ecological sustainability increasingly will take center stage. Despite the eurozone crisis, Europe’s social capitalism, steady state economy, pluralistic democracies and environmental policies still provide the best foundation for comprehensive sustainability."

 

American Steven Hill has this challenging analysis in the Social Europe Journal. Although he has the right diagnosis of the world's economic and ecological crisis, his views on Europe's "awareness of the need for comprehensive sustainability" seem a bit too rosy. He also uses a definition of the "steady state economy" which is too close to the "sustainable growth" paradigm.

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