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A thread of my reactions to @Leigh_Phillips attack on degrowth in his @_ourEconomy article. #degrowth #postgrowth #ecologicaleconomics #Socialism
It is an example of the way pro-growth socialist environmentalism often dresses up social democratic & capitalist ideas in radical rhetoric. Most of the logic undermines socialism as much as degrowth.
For example Phillips argues that CFCs got regulated away, and we didn't have to give up hairspray. For him, this is an example of how regulating markets can lead to absolute decoupling. Ergo we don't need degrowth. But by the same logic, we don't need socialism either.
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This image shows global material resource use in tonnes. The red line is what ecologists deem to be a roughly sustainable level of consumption. We overshot that threshold about 20 years ago, and resource use has only accelerated since then. #postgrowth #degrowth
This chart shows the relationship between global material use and GDP. Since 2000, material use has been rising at a faster rate than GDP. Instead of the "decoupling" that green-growthers hope for, a dramatic re-coupling has occurred. #postgrowth #degrowth
And here we see that resource overshoot is due almost entirely to excess consumption in rich countries. The red line is the planetary boundary rendered in per capita terms. Rich countries exceed it four times over. #postgrowth #degrowth
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