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To define "#degrowth" we need to define "#growth".

What do we mean by "growth"?

Pasolini answered that this growth we talk about is specifically "a “growth” whose outline has already been formed and fixed in the context of bourgeois industrialization."
Therefore by "#degrowth" we mean decoupling from "the outline of #growth which has already been formed and fixed in the context of bourgeois industrialization": which essentially means growth as the production of superfluous goods:
Today's term "degrowth" actually means what Pasolini calls "progress", meaning the production of necessary, not superfluous goods. Therefore *this* #growth means the production of superfluous goods & *this* #degrowth means the production of necessary goods
There are of course many other structural signifiers in the economic use of the word "growth" which should not go without mention. First among them is the unit of measure of "growth" as Gross Domestic Product or GDP.
There is of course no qualification or distinction or any attempt to measure or quantify whether GDP is achieved via the production of necessary or superfluous goods or services. It is this idea of value-less growth that the term degrowth seeks to challenge as it wants progress.
Secondly, the word Domestic in GDP firmly roots it in the territory of the nation state, in competition with other nation states, making no distinctions for growth at regional or metropolitan scales. National competition, not national aid is embedded in the notion of "growth" GDP
Degrowth is simply another word for progress decoupled from the bourgeois definition of growth as the industrial production of superfluous goods & services.
#Degrowth does not mean ungrowth, lack of growth, stagnation, economic downturn, depression or recession, that would be lack of growth or negative growth, not degrowth. Degrowth means to remove from growth superfluous goods and services, it is a discretionary form of growth.
Therefore the real meaning of degrowth is a form of potential growth outside of the market logic of the production of superfluous goods inherent in bourgeois industrial capitalism. Degrowth is simply an intelligent form of growth which only factors necessary goods or services.
What I argue here is that because we are living in a pervasive market logic of bourgeois industrial growth, to avoid participating in the exchange of superfluous goods & to save the planet from destructive consumerism, self sufficiency offers a way out:
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