Less is More, by Jason Hickel

First published by William Heinemann in 2020

The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Now we must face up to its primary cause. Capitalism demands perpetual expansion, which is devastating the living world. There is only one solution that will lead to meaningful and immediate change: degrowth.

If we want to have a shot at halting the crisis, we need to slow down and restore the balance. We need to change how we see nature and our place in it, shifting from a philosophy of domination and extraction to one that’s rooted in reciprocity and regeneration. We need to evolve beyond the dogmas of capitalism to a new system that’s fit for the twenty-first century.

But what about jobs? What about health? What about progress? This book tackles these questions and offers an inspiring vision for what a post-capitalist economy could look like. An economy that’s more just, more caring, and more fun. An economy that will not only lift us out of our current crisis, but also restore our sense of connection to a world that’s brimming with life. By taking less, we can become more.” (Source: https://www.jasonhickel.org/less-is-more)

Chapters

INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the Anthropocene

Part One: More is Less

ONE: Capitalism – A Creation Story

TWO: Rise of the Juggernaut

THREE: Will Technology Save Us?

Part Two: Less is More

FOUR: Secrets of the Good Life

FIVE: Pathways to a Post-Capitalist World

SIX: Everything is Connected