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by Christopher Caldwell
Financial Times, 14 October 2011
Probably the most profound current running against the capitalist stream is that of the décroissance [degrowth] movement. Economic growth has done enough damage to our planet, says a coalition of activists. Not only must it stop, it must be reversed… The currents that make up décroissance have been around a while. It shares a pantheon of heroes with the 1960s counterculture: the Christian social thinker Jacques Ellul, the anti-industrial German philosopher Günther Anders and, above all, the Romanian-American utopian theorist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.