We must let go of this ‘trickle-down’ nonsense once and for all


The commodification of our lives is creating a time-poor society that damages our happiness and our planet, and will ultimately harm our economy too

What are the building blocks of a post-growth politics? And how can we get from here to there?

A crucial part of the answer is that we need a deep reframing of the central questions of politics. In the first place, we should talk less about the economy as a machine for producing more goods (many of which turn out to be “bads”). We should talk more about what an economy is actually for: satisfying needs, creating a better society and improving our quality of life. Once we do that we see that continuing growth can be counter-productive, as well as impossible in a finite system such as the planet we live on.

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