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Should societies drop growth?

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Topic: Should societies drop growth?
Posted By: fantasus
Subject: Should societies drop growth?
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 06:31
Should some societies, the ones with highest production pr. capita, depart from the idea of further growth? At the moment they seem to do exactly the opposite, to try by "all means" to get back former rates of increasing production, though not with undisputed succes.
Should other solutions be tried? why not?



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Posted By: Captain Vancouver
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 16:47
Short answer: they should not. Growth is a rather ambiguous term, which doesn't always mean what many expect that it does. For example, finding clean energy technologies, and successfully marketing them, could well mean that growth, for that country, expands considerably. It may be that this would be coupled with a decline in fossil fuel industries. Growth is not necessarily bad, or even a measurement of consumption or greed, but merely an abstract number. Growth can be desirable on its own merits, and is pretty much manditory if one's population is growing.


Posted By: fantasus
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 21:10
Originally posted by Captain Vancouver Captain Vancouver wrote:

Short answer: they should not. Growth is a rather ambiguous term, which doesn't always mean what many expect that it does. For example, finding clean energy technologies, and successfully marketing them, could well mean that growth, for that country, expands considerably. It may be that this would be coupled with a decline in fossil fuel industries. Growth is not necessarily bad, or even a measurement of consumption or greed, but merely an abstract number. Growth can be desirable on its own merits, and is pretty much manditory if one's population is growing.
An alternative opinion could be that if not all societies, then the most "wealthy" should drop it as a primary goal. That does not necessarily mean everything comes to a halt. Then are politicians so focused on "growth"? For some of those I know best:yes. While it is not realistic or even desirable  to stop all growth of all types of production or all incomes, it shopuld not be the general or primary goal for politicians or for the rest of societies, except "developing" countries (still the majority of humanity lives in such countries). 



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