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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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.

He has authored three books, including most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. Jason has received a number of teaching awards, including the ASA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Anthropology. For more than a decade, I've had an ominous feeling about our future and my feeling has gotten worse over the years.

I recommend reading "Less is More" because it's a great trigger for starting the most important discussion about creating a sustainable world that is a pleasure for everyone to live on. It is important to realize that growth started out as a means to an end - as GDP grows, people move out of poverty and their standard of living improves. It is perhaps well enough that the people of the nation do not know or understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. 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. He discusses that investments in clean energy have not replaced use of coal and oil but have simply added to our net energy demands.

But Hickel actually convinced me that the well-being and joy of humans is tied up with thriving ecosystems, and that systems of real democracy can protect it all. Jason Hickel shows that recovering the commons and decolonizing nature, cultures, and humanity are necessary conditions for hope of a common future in our common home. I usually like to include a quote from sources I find interesting, but in this case, I found so many quotes that I thought were profound that I can't include them all. Hickel derides Plato, but Plato actually addresses both population and food limits much more directly than does Less is More. Hunger will tame the fiercest animals, it will teach decency and civility, obedience and subjugation to the most brutish, the most obstinate, and the most perverse.

Is GDP really a good way to evaluate the state of an economy which fails to value so much of what's important?

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