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It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up.

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'The mother narrative to all this is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots.' Photograph: Alamy

 

  • It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing
  • Related: Capitalism Is the Problem

George Monbiot, the Guardian

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham.

Go on, take a guess. Ten times the size of the pyramids? All the sand in the Sahara? The Atlantic ocean? The volume of the planet? A little more? It's 2.5 billion billion solar systems. It does not take you long, pondering this outcome, to reach the paradoxical position that salvation lies in collapse.

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Capitalism Is the Problem, Richard D. Wolff, Truthout <> 

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  • Worker coops mark a qualitative and quantitative advance beyond capitalism. They represent a system change adequate to key problems capitalism has shown it cannot overcome, even after centuries of failed efforts to do so.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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