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Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

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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.

And, if you’re looking for an ancient author to express the idea of simple living in a political setting, you could hardly do better than Plato. For there's the nubThat makes a dread of so much hope;For who would bear the poisons and foul stench of "growth",The oppressor's wrong, the proud industrialist's contumely,The pangs of Gaia's wounds, the law's delay,The insolence of office, and the spurnsThat Nature so unworthily takes,When we ourselves might Earth-love makeWith a bare choice? By modern standards these ancient empires were not exactly apostles of nonviolence, but compared to the “constant battles” that came before, they were an important step forward, and everyday life became much less violent. Hickel never floats away into theory, he's always grounded, asking how each idea materially affects ecosystems and human lives. This objectification facilitated extraction/commodification/privatization (property) of nature, as well as of labour (human body as machines… thus productivity and disciplining of labour).Hij legt op een beleefde, niet-aanstootgevende maar niettemin duidelijke manier uit dat het tijdperk van het kapitalisme helemaal niet zo’n succesverhaal is als we wel zouden denken, en dat vele vooruitgangen hier ten onrechte aan toegeschreven worden. This is a problem, because taller ice cliffs can't support their own weight: once they're exposed they begin to buckle, one after the other, in a domino effect, like skyscrapers collapsing.

This could cause ice sheets to disintegrate not in centuries but decades - perhaps as little as twenty or fifty years. He has authored three books, including most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions . There was some cherry picking of evidence to feed a narrative regarding social welfare programs but to my knowledge the cherry picking was minimal and the arguments were convincing regardless.But, this uncompromising and urgent approach is wholly warranted giving the scale of the challenge, to counter a narrative that perpetual growth is good. b) Colonization: Similarly, colonization broke up sufficient Asian trade networks and destroyed global South Industries through asymmetric trade policies. Hickel derides Plato, but Plato actually addresses both population and food limits much more directly than does Less is More. Less is More îți ia toate concepțiile despre lume cu care ai crescut, pe care ți le-au șoptit în ureche părinții, sistemul, politicienii, televiziunile care reprezintă interesele corporațiilor, nu ale cetățenilor, le strânge frumos într-o pungă, o leagă la gură și apoi dă cu ea în perete până nu mai rămâne nimic. It's safe to say that, along with the ‘Divide’ by the same author, those books had the biggest impact on how I perceive modern economics.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Our governments, our companies and our economies all run on the assumption that GDP growth is a good thing.Hoe meer er geconsumeerd wordt - of we het nu nodig hebben of niet - hoe beter, en als we te weinig consumeren, komen grote groepen mensen in de miserie terecht omdat ze de eindjes niet meer aan elkaar kunnen knopen. Green New Deal mineral requirements targeting the Global South; must-read: A People’s Green New Deal). The Green New Deal at its core targets the urgency of climate change (although the broader movement has many overlaps with steps in this book), while Hickel’s scope is broader (considering the 9 “planetary boundaries” of the Earth System, where climate change is but one boundary) and deeper (decolonization: systemic change, power considerations ex. I thoroughly enjoyed this biography of capitalism and found it both informative, with loads of well presented data, and a bit scary as well to know why things are as they are in the world in terms of excessive inequality.

In the final chapter he revisits some of the philosophical and ideological issues discussed in the first two chapters, and suggests the idea of a new social and economic paradigm based on the idea that “everything is connected,” learning from primitive tribes and from animistic religions. 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. The abandonment of animism is what allowed capitalists to exploit nature and fellow humans to the point of billionaires. Funny thing is, I picked those titles to challange my view on capitalism and economics right after reading (and very much enjoying) a couple of Thomas Sowell's books ('Basic Economics', 'The Quest for social justice', 'Wealth, Poverty and Politics'). it’s a remarkable invention that enables loggers to fell trees, ten times faster than they are able to do by hand.

Daar wringt het schoentje toch wat: directe democratie is allemaal goed en wel, maar in deze gepolariseerde maatschappij waar macht vaak corrupt is kan ik me niet voorstellen dat deze noodzakelijke snelle en wereldwijde overgang zonder slag of stoot zou kunnen gebeuren, of zonder dat totalitaire leiders zich hier en daar in het machtsvacuüm wringen. Who would sorrows bearTo choke and die a cancerous life,But that the dread of life without the car,The undiscovered country in whose bournOur dreams might live, puzzles the will,And makes us rather bear those ills we have,Than fly to others that we know not of? For years, I (and many others, I suspect) have been reacting to this tug the same way: Saying Yeah, something is wrong here and then continuing to go about my day. a. We have enough global GDP to achieve a wide range of key social indicators – health, education, employment, nutrition, social support, democracy, and life satisfaction. In addition to the “crisis of elite disaccumulation,” Europe’s capitalists had created a system of mass production and needed somewhere to sell it.

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