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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These books did not prepare me for exactly how searing Jason Hickel's assessment of capitalism and ecological destruction would be.

so we can spend our precious time on earth with loved ones and rebuilding communities/ecologies; this is a crucial framing that Hickel should emphasize more. And if temperatures rise by 3 or 4 degrees Celsius, sea levels will go up by as much as 100 cm, and possibly 200 cm. Update: after reading a couple direct attacks on degrowth/Hickel's book, I re-read Hickel book and unpacked the critiques in reviewing Less Sucks: Overpopulation, Eugenics, and Degrowth. A controversial but thought provoking book which has deeply influenced the way I think about economics, consumption and growth.He assumes that we must and will switch to renewable energy, and this is probably better than using fossil fuels, but is it enough? 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. I am aware that this book has its problems (cherry-picked data, details conveniently missing for the sake of a stronger argument, a cover that forces me to tell everyone "this isn't a book about minimalism") but it did what it set out to do. Well, I’m sad to say that they’re not going to do that, and we’ve got 500 years of history to prove it.

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. The Black Death reduced the reserve of laborers, thereby increasing the bargaining power of laborers. Our society has bought into the myth that the economy of human society must constantly grow to be successful. Transitioning to clean energy at our current (and projected) consumption rates would require more aggressive extractive measures to build the necessary infrastructure. In the first two chapters, he traces the origins of this view back to our separation from nature in ancient times, manifested in the idea that humans should have “dominion” over the earth (Genesis 1:26) and Plato’s dualism.To reverse capitalism’s logic, the ontological change is to dismantle the dualism, to move from dominion to reciprocity. 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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