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Edited and introduced by Teppo Eskelinen
Looking at the centrality of growth in political discourse, growth can be seen as one of the cores of the development model which has prevailed in the West. Thus the debate on how to think about growth may well necessitate a broader discussion of the very model of development and what is understood as progress. The belief has been that the growth of production will result in enhanced general well-being, with a “trickle-down” mechanism lifting the poor up from poverty. Taking these shaky presumptions for granted has led to an excessive appreciation, a fetishisation, of production and its increase, which has lead to a very energy-intensive form of society.
For the full booklet, see
http://www.transform-network.net/uploads/media/transform__the_left_between-growth_and_degrowth.pdf (PDF 68 pages)