Monday, April 19, 2010
Economic growth is the Problem, Not the Cure
European Activists Against Economic Growth
Europe has suffered under unbridled capitalism far longer than the United States. Here's what they've learned:
"…degrowth emerges as the only economically viable formula, not just in benefit of nature but also "to restore a minimum of social justice, without which the world is condemned to destruction."
Here in the United States, the growth maniacs are still in control, and economic growth is the elephant in the living room. And it's billed as the main attraction, the only attraction. Stand up in a city council meeting anywhere in the country and question the concept of economic growth and count the uncomprehending stares. You'll be branded as a crank, as unrealistic, as an idealist.
Growth is the water that our economy swims in. We can't see it and we can't know that it is drowning us.