Tomgram: Occupy Earth – Beware of Growth

Posted by Chip Ward at 9:28am, October 27, 2011

[Articles and opinion pieces published in this blog do not
necessarily reflect the polices and opinions of the organizers of
the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas. They are
posted here to stimulate discussion and debate on issues relevant
to degrowth.]

Beware of Growth: Getting the economy growing has been the refrain of the Obama administration…The fundamental contradiction of our time is this: we have built an all-encompassing economic engine that requires unending growth…Yes, you can get around this contradiction for a while by exploiting your neighbor’s habitat, using technological advances to extend your natural resources, and stealing from the future…An unsustainable economy is inherently unfair, and worse is to come. After all, the car is heading for the cliff’s edge, the grandkids are in the backseat, and all we’re arguing about is who can best put the pedal to the metal…

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