Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

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Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

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Rather than making a strong argument for degrowth, he made a straw man argument for growth, which he could then easily tear down and scoff at. And so too, increases in quality of human life level off, regardless of how much more quickly GDP grows. Less Is More" first makes it crystal clear how and why capitalism is failing, and then succeeds in doing something that most books do not… something that is very hard to accomplish.

Disproportionate impact of climate crisis will be on the Global South which is the least responsible for the current situation. De eerste stap naar een betere wereld zal dus simpelweg zijn dat zo veel mogelijk mensen dit boek moeten lezen. I recently saw a documentary on how the nature strives and took back the lost land, after the Chernobyl accident. In Eastern philosophy, the Axial Age produced the Buddha whose “Son’s Flesh Sutra” Hickel quotes with approval in his Acknowledgments.However, it seems to spend more time positing a concept of an idyllic past where humans were happy and at one with nature. It also has vegetarianism and compassion for animals from Genesis 1:29, plus later passages protesting injustice and the practice of animal sacrifice. Marx’s M-C-M’ (Money invested into Commodity production for the goal of more Money) representing capitalist production's logic in contrast to pre-capitalist market exchange C-M-C (Commodity exchanged via Money for another Commodity). He lays out how we can transition to a post-capitalist economy, but also reminds us that there are other ways of knowing and being that hold the secret to a better world.

The area is like a urban forest with trees that thrive among numerous residential and industrial areas and wild animals teem freely. A manifesto for the future of the planet packed with scholarship, yet as easy to read as a beach novel, a perfect antidote to doomscrolling. Degrowth is a deliberate attempt to reduce the physical size of the economy — for example, we should prefer bicycles to cars, and plant foods to animal foods. Dit klinkt misschien dramatisch of zelfs een beetje radicaal, maar het goede nieuws is dat dit mogelijk is zonder dat we moeten inboeten op vlak van welvaart en welzijn, integendeel. Some radical solutions seem impractical and not enough evidence nor a convincing argument is made to alleviate the doubts one might have about those solutions (New money).Too often authors come up with 'possible' solutions which rely on as yet untested or non-existent answers. I'd like to synthesize this with Michael Hudson's focus on Finance Capitalism's debt overhead (the aforementioned M-M’) and fictitious speculative growth (as opposed to industrial growth and its material use): The Bubble and Beyond. And in the second half of the book, he covers what we can do about it, but it requires a radical shift to a new paradigm of how we view the world and our place in it. This book tackles these questions and offers an inspiring vision for what a post-capitalist economy could look like. If we’re willing to imagine speculative science-fiction fairy tales to keep the existing economy chugging along, why not just imagine a different kind of economy altogether?

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