A Sustainable Steady State Economy Requires A Sustainable Steady State Population. Amen.
Life inside a closed system is finite...
So limiting yourself to economic growth is ... limiting yourself.
Just as the economy cannot grow without limit, no matter what Ponzi scheme is cooked up with CEO's and the like, humanity cannot grow without limit as long as we're trapped on this single planet. We're already outstripping our planet's ability to supply us with resources, using resources that were created and laid down over hundreds of millions of years in a few short thousands of years.
The only way to attain a sustainable, steady state economy is to attain a steady state global population. If humanity doesn't figure out how to do this intentionally, nature will do it for us, as plagues and famines and wars over scarce resources do it for us.
Steady state or boom-bust cycles. It's all we've got available, option-wise.
by Ezekial 23 20 on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 04:48:00 PM PDT