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Economic growth will not save the global ecosystem

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Liberalism traditionally relied on economic growth to magically solve difficult social and political conflicts. Liberalism reconciled the proletariat with the bourgeoisie, the faithful with atheists, natives with immigrants, and Europeans with Asians by promising everybody a larger slice of the pie. With a constantly growing pie, that was possible. However, economic growth will not save the global ecosystem; just the opposite, in fact, for economic growth is the cause of the ecological crisis. And economic growth will not solve technological disruption, for it is predicated on the invention of more and more disruptive technologies.

From the Book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2018, page 16, ISBN 9780525512172


Date Added: 2018 Oct 26

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