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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Dat zei ik een jaar geleden ook over “De Meeste Mensen Deugen” van Rutger Bregman, en ik zie inderdaad parallellen tussen deze twee belangrijke werken. All the arguments one might have against it and in favour of incremental solutions within the framework of our current economic system are refuted quite well. It also rebuts (point-by-point) all the wishful thinking about how technology and other “alterations” to our current capitalist economy can make it democratic and sustainable. The transition from feudalism to capitalism in Europe had more to do with the Black Death and demographic pressures than any glorious working-class revolution.

The impact of these are shown to be relatively minor compared with the changes needed to avoid climate disaster. Hickel only later appends on money as debt, citing that more than 90% of money in circulation is loaned into existence by private banks via “fractional reserve banking” (banks only hold in reserves ~10%; the rest is conjured out of thin air) and the attached interest (esp. i) Technocratic climate “solutions”: “decoupling” myth of more efficient processes meaning we can “dematerialize” economic growth vs. If you wanna read your first book about degrowth, or if you only want to read one book about degrowth, read this one. It also has vegetarianism and compassion for animals from Genesis 1:29, plus later passages protesting injustice and the practice of animal sacrifice.it’s a remarkable invention that enables loggers to fell trees, ten times faster than they are able to do by hand. A manifesto for movements and a manual for policymakers, everyone needs to understand its urgent message. We are in a dark cave with no way out and most people are oblivious, content with distractions like meaningless TV programming and consumerism. Nearly half of the book is spent looking at the origins of capitalism in Western thought, and praising primitive cultures and their animistic, nature-oriented beliefs. Hickel είναι ένας οικονομικός ανθρωπολόγος που βλέπει ότι το περιβάλλον και ο άνθρωπος είναι ένα ενιαίο σύστημα που δεν είναι ξεκομμένο απ' την οικονομία.

b. We can meet these by investing in public goods and distributing incomes and opportunities more fairly. It is obvious that serious synthesis of de-growth economic systems is still something that is desperately needed. Any welfare improvement over the last 500 years we wrestled from them with violence and action; suffragists burnt cars and bombed buildings for twenty years, civil rights movement had the black panthers and Malcolm X, the unions shot back at the police during strikes. 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.

As their size grows, so does their influence - politicians scramble to reduce taxes and minimize regulation, under the direct influence of money (lobbying) or indirect support in the form of the ability to create jobs in their constituencies.

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