A New Politics for BC - The (de)Growth Debate

After the crash of 2008 and the shut-downs of the pandemic, the rush was on for business to “get back to normal”. To many governments this has meant “getting growth back on track”. Some have talked about “clean growth” and “sustainable capitalism” supported by “disruptive technologies” being the world’s salvation. Even before COVID, the Green New Deal came to prominence. All seem to promise that we can live our lives as before, but cleaner and greener. 

On the other side, there are those who think that only a significant cut in consumption will save the planet, subscribing to Kenneth Boulding’s mantra that “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”

This session will dissect what we mean by growth and the various ways that have been proposed to keep the economy growing. We will discuss what de-growth might look like, and ask “is it really necessary?" We will then address the ultimate question: “Does growth matter?”


< All events in this series


Doughnut Economics”  Kate Raworth. 2017
Prosperity without Growth”  Tim Jackson. 2017
The Day the World Stops Shopping” J.B. McKinnon. 2021
The Economics of Happiness” Mark Anielski. 2007
Happiness - Lessons from a New Science” Richard Layard 2005
The Green New Deal” Jeremy Rifkin. 2019

Tue. Feb 21, 2023
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Online - Zoom

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