Should socialists support degrowth?

by Don Fitz, Green Time TV KNLC-TV, St. Louis MO USA
from the Climate & Capitalism web site

The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring?

Even though industrial growth is destroying the biology of existence, progressives often throw up a variety of objections to opposing economic expansion:

  • Reducing production would supposedly worsen the lives of working people.
  • The degrowth movement began with bourgeois liberals.
  • Since degrowth cannot occur within capitalism, discussing it should wait until “after the revolution.”
  • The concept of producing less is too abstract to build a movement around.
  • An anti-growth movement would easily be co-opted.

Each of these deserves attention.

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