A Dialogue on Economic Growth's Great Dilemma

You're probably at least vaguely aware of the debate over economic growth that's been taking place in liberal circles over the years -- the one that discusses whether the very model that global capitalism is currently following is doomed. Economic growth requires resource consumption, and we're running out of those resources -- so how can we expect this sort of economic engine to keep chugging when we max out of oil, gas, coal, phosphate, etc? David Roberts has a fun, quirky introduction to this debate over at Grist. It's definitely worth checking out if you're new to the concepts.

Aslo, he ends one side on a very Slavoj Zizekean note, to boot: an enviro/economic collapse is likely forthcoming, so we've got to be ready with some reforms to institute when it does ...

Tags: Conservation | Economics | Global Climate Change | United States


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