The growth paradigm: an International Socialist critique

Gareth Dale, 27 March 2012, International Socialism: A Quarterly Journal of Socialist Theory

Excerpts: The growth paradigm, as I use the term, refers to the proposition that economic growth is good, imperative, essentially limitless, and the principal remedy for a litany of social problems. The growth paradigm appears ubiquitous, even natural, but it is uniquely modern… For millennia no sense of “an economy” as something separate from the totality of social relations existed, nor was there a compulsion to growth… With increasing commodification, quantification—reducing everything to numbers—became an increasingly salient feature of capitalist society… Linked to the flourishing of competitive consumption was a redefinition of human needs and desire.

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