Natural sciences regularly provide new data showing that the world exists as an interconnected system. This lays the ground for a post-capitalist ethic, reflected in the long-ignored wisdom of indigenous people.
Organized around exchange-value, not use-value, the capitalist system is actively and intentionally wasteful, steadily worsening a multi-faceted ecological crisis. Is a post-growth, post-capitalist world conceivable?
Can growth be equated to progress? Data show that it is not GDP growth by itself that improves people’s lives but how money is distributed, notably through investing in public infrastructures.
“We can choose to keep shooting up the curve of exponential growth, bringing us ever closer to irreversible tipping points in ecological collapse, and hope that technology will save us. But if for some reason it doesn’t work, then we’re in trouble.” (Jason Hickel)
“GDP growth is, ultimately, an indicator of the welfare of capitalism. That we have all come to see it as a proxy for the welfare of humans represents an extraordinary ideological coup.” (Jason Hickel)
Capitalism is the first intrinsically expansionist economic system in history. Contrary to its own myth, it did not naturally emerge and is far from being the expression of human freedom.
The collapse of the biosphere is engineered by an economic model structured to make profits rather than answering human needs. Reversing this model is a necessity that, moreover, is totally achievable.