Note English texts have been uploaded now.
Degrowth is not just a new term for an ongoing discussion on alternatives, and not just an academic debate, but also an emerging social movement. What common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist? What alliances could be possible?
In 32 essays, representatives of different social movements, currents or initiatives discuss these and other questions in German and English
By now, there are likely few who have not heard of Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’”. And as many of the readers of this blog might already know, the Spanish and Italian versions contain what appears to be a direct endorsement of degrowth: the use of the term „decrecimiento“ (sp) and „decrescita“ (it), even if this is watered down to „decreased growth“ (en) and „Rezession“ (ger) in other translations. But whether or not „degrowth“ would make a better translation of the Pope’s intended meaning, much more significant than a single word is the manner in which the letter as a whole points in direction of the territory constituted by the thinkers and activists of degrowth. The present text offers some brief reflections on how this is the case.
This is a quite frightening document showing what American business is planning under Trump and a Republican dominated Congress. Kudos to the Organic Consumers Association for exposing this.
Competitive Enterprise Institute promotes a Pro-Growth Agenda for the 115th US Congress
Table of contents
1. Regulatory Reform and Agency Oversight 1
2. Banking and Finance 26
3. Labor and Employment 40
4. Energy and Environment 64
5. Environmental Protection on Private and Public Lands 89
6.Technology and Telecommunications 105
7. Transportation 128
8. Food, Drugs, and Consumer Freedom 136
A few chapter sub-headings give you an idea of what’s on their agenda
Implement a Regulatory Reduction Commission and Sunset Procedures 18
Oppose Regulatory Overreach in Financial Services 31
Reverse the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule 43
Repudiate the Paris Climate Agreement 66
Defund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 68
Overturn or at Least Defund the EPA’s Clean Power Plan 70
Repeal the EPA’s Purloined Power to Legislate Climate Policy 72
Restore Resource Production on Federal Lands 99
Remove Bogus Climate Planning from Federal Land Policy 102
Protect Internet Freedom against Burdensome Net Neutrality Mandates 107
Protect Consumer Freedom by Ensuring Access to Genetically Engineered Foods 138
Protect Consumer Food Choice by Opposing FDA Overregulation of Food Additives 150
Protect Consumer Food Choice by Opposing the FDA’s “Voluntary” Sodium Limits 152 Improve Oversight and Defund Activist Research 173
Protect Federalism and American Adults’ Access to Online Gambling Platforms 175
The multi-media project “Degrowth in movement(s)” shows which initiatives and movements develop and practice social, ecological and democratic alternatives. Representatives from 32 different fields describe their work and history, their similarities & differences to others and possible alliances. From the Solidarity Economy to the Refugee-Movement, from Unconditional Basic Income to the Anti-Coal-Movement, from Care Revolution to the Trade Unions – they discuss their relationship to degrowth in texts, videos, photos and podcasts.
The project was run by the “Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie” (Laboratory for New Economic Ideas) in Germany, so most of the authors are from there. However, there are a couple of clearly international perspectives and most of the movements work far beyond the national level.
You can find the English texts here.
So far, there are:
Introduction by Corinna Burkhart, Matthias Schmelzer and Nina Treu
15 M by Eduard Nus
Artivism by John Jordan
Care Revolution by Matthias Neumann and Gabriele Winker
Climate Justice by Tadzio Müller
Commons by Johannes Euler and Leslie Gauditz
Degrowth by Corinna Burkhart, Dennis Eversberg, Matthias Schmelzer and Nina Treu
Demonetize by Andrea*s Exner, Justin Morgan, Franz Nahrada, Anitra Nelson, Christian Siefkes
Free Software by Gualter Barbas Baptista
Peoples Global Action by Friederike Habermann
Radical Ecological Democracy by Ashish Kothari
Transition Initiativesby Gesa Maschkowski, Stephanie Ristig-Bresser, Silvia Hable, Norbert Rost and Michael Schem
Youth Environmental Movement by Janna Aljets and Katharina Ebinger
More English texts will follow in January!
Nina Treu, Editorial Team – Degrowth Webportal
Here’s what degrowth naysayers don’t seem to get: degrowth is actually punk as fuck. We’re nonconforming, anti-establishment, DIY punks. And we’re not trying to sound nice. Take your positivity and shove it.
I get lots of chuckles when I introduce myself as a Slowcialist and say “Workers of the World Relax”. I like this approach almost more.
Consumer society as a system of social organization appears to be in jeopardy on a number of fronts. First, populations across North America, Europe and most of Asia are ageing, and demographic change is shifting preferences away from lifestyles premised on material accumulation. In addition, millennials continue to face extremely precarious job prospects….
We seem to be at a juncture where we need to rediscover the lessons of mutual assistance. One option entails building on novel modes of cooperativism that meld production and consumption into a single organization…. There are also indications that the reticence that has traditionally marked the relationship between cooperatives and trade unions is giving way to a new spirit of collaboration supportive of this general idea.
By Sam Bliss
In [some] ways degrowth is too positive for the United States. Bear with me. Barbara Muraca, an Italian environmental philosopher who arrived at Oregon State University two years ago, says that ecological intellectuals in the U.S. urge rapidly transforming society to avoid imminent civilizational collapse, whereas the European school of degrowth tends to promote a slow revolution toward living well together with less. The deep-green environmentalists of this country foresee hardship accompanying the end of growth. Degrowth tends to look at the bright side of freeing ourselves from our current unsustainable, unjust economy.