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.