The Future is Degrowth
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The Future is Degrowth

A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism

Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter, Aaron Vansintjan, Matthias Schmelzer, Aaron Vansintjan

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The Future is Degrowth

A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism

Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter, Aaron Vansintjan, Matthias Schmelzer, Aaron Vansintjan

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Economic growth isn't working, and it cannot be made to work. Offering a counter-history of how economic growth emerged in the context of colonialism, fossil-fueled industrialization, and capitalist modernity, The Future Is Degrowth argues that the ideology of growth conceals the rising inequalities and ecological destructions associated with capitalism, and points to desirable alternatives to it. Not only in society at large, but also on the left, we are held captive by the hegemony of growth. Even proposals for emancipatory Green New Deals or postcapitalism base their utopian hopes on the development of productive forces, on redistributing the fruits of economic growth and technological progress. Yet growing evidence shows that continued economic growth cannot be made compatible with sustaining life and is not necessary for a good life for all. This book provides a vision for postcapitalism beyond growth. Building on a vibrant field of research, it discusses the political economy and the politics of a non-growing economy. It charts a path forward through policies that democratise the economy, "now-topias" that create free spaces for experimentation, and counter-hegemonic movements that make it possible to break with the logic of growth. Degrowth perspectives offer a way to step off the treadmill of an alienating, expansionist, and hierarchical system. A handbook and a manifesto, The Future Is Degrowth is a must-read for all interested in charting a way beyond the current crises.

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Publisher
Verso
Year
2022
ISBN
9781839765858

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