We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Prosperity without Growth

by Stephan Kaufmann Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011 at 5:45 AM
mbatko@yahoo.com

Production cannot increase forever. For the developed economies of the western world, prosperity without growth is a necessity and not a utopian dream any more. See the links to five free Internet books..

PROSPERITY WITHOUT GROWTH

By Stephan Kaufmann

[This article published in: Frankfurter Rundschau 4/6/2011 is translated from the German on the Internet, http://www.fr-online.de/wirtschaft/wohlstand-ohne-wachstum/-/1472780/8318568/-/index.html.]


People could have work and income. Economic- and debt crises could be solved and poverty and hunger reduced. What is the answer to the global aging: economic growth, the sacred cow of all governments of the world?

Production cannot increase forever, scholars admonish. Infinitely “more” is impossible in a finite world. “We must reflect on an economy without growth,” the British economist Tim Jackson urges. “Everything else leads to catastrophe.” Jackson directs the advisory board for sustainable development of the British government. His new book is titled “Prosperity without Growth.” There is no question-mark in the title. “For the developed economies of the western world, prosperity without growth is not a utopian dream any more but a necessity.”

Economic growth is stylized as the answer to economic problems. However economic growth creates new problems that become ever-greater. Many raw material supplies run out sooner or later. The battle over the remaining resources becomes more intense; wars threaten. Simultaneously the environmental pollution is already intolerable and must be reduced. Because of “infinite growth,” the climate falls by the wayside. In 2010 Germany rejoiced over its robust upswing. But at the same time the emission of climate gases rose 40 million tons. “The striving for economic growth destroys the social cohesion and quality of life of many people,” Jackson criticizes.

While scientists discuss the limits of growth, the political parties – including the Green parties – rely on its effect. Politics hopes growth can be more environmentally-friendly. This “green capitalism” should then grow for ever. Jackson regards that as an illusion. “It is purely and simply a delusion to believe the tendency of capitalism to efficiency will stabilize the climate or protect us from scarcity of resources.” Whoever recommends this as a way out of the growth dilemma should consider the historical findings more carefully. These findings show production becomes more efficient. However growth was stronger so that the whole consumption of resources and environmental pollution has constantly increased.

The Brit admits he doesn’t know what a “post-growth economy” would look like. Still he names steps that western industrial nations should take. First, a “meaningful concept of prosperity not based on growth must be defined.” Then greater investments in sustainable technologies, public goods and increased production of non-material services are needed. The reduction of working hours to limit production is also central. Jackson recommends a radical redistribution of work so this does not lead to increased unemployment

RELATED LINKS: FREE INTERNET BOOKS
"Enough is Enough" by Herman Daly and others
http://steadystate.org/wp-content/uploads/EnoughIsEnough_FullReport.pdf
http://steadystate.org/wp-content/uploads/EnoughIsEnough_Summary.pdf

"Free Culture" by Lawrence Lessig
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2750.pdf
http://www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf

"Free: The Future of a Radical Price" by Chris Anderson
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-07/mf_freer

"Needs and Limits" by Frank Rotering
http://members.shaw.ca/needsandlimits/pdf_files/needs_and_limits-3rd_edition.pdf

"Culture Change" by Alexis Zeigler
http://conev.org/ren14x.pdf
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

FARCELONA.2 J20 7:18PM

FAKE NEWS POR SOROS J20 6:11PM

Chemtrails and Prince J20 2:43PM

Wages For Housework J20 2:41PM

Tutelle comportementaliste J20 9:18AM

A Mistake: Jesse Jackson-Toyota deal-in Lexington -Ky is .8 billion over 10 years 2018 J20 1:17AM

If Trump Declares a AantionalEmergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law J20 12:47AM

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM

FAKE NEWS J19 2:31PM

MACROTHSCHILD.2 J19 11:03AM

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM

BATACLOWNS J18 9:28AM

FALSAS VICTIMAS J18 9:22AM

Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM

MACROTHSCHILD J17 9:38PM

FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM

DEAD MAN LIVING J17 10:46AM

DIARY OF A CON MAN J16 10:40PM

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy