Life on the Left: The Limits of Capitalism

That the over-shoot of planetary ecosystem boundaries is a limit to capitalism — and to human population growth and consumption — like no limit we have faced before, is what the global movement of school-strikers is trying to tell us. It is what the Extinction Rebellion movement is telling us.

What does this mean for political economy? Well, if I can repeat an argument I made in the pages of SPE in 1994 (25 years ago!) we have to stop thinking, programmatically, in terms of economic growth.[18] We must take up the calls for degrowth — in whatever discursive form best fits our political contexts — and for the rapid decarbonization of our systems of production, consumption, communication, and transportation.

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