The greatest weapon in the green warrior’s arsenal

tl;dr: Just Say No.

The Impossible Hamster (and economic growth) from New Economics Foundation

From birth to puberty, a hamster doubles its weight each week. If it didn’t stop when mature, as animals do, and continued to double on its first birthday, we would be staring at a nine billion ton hamster. This hamster could eat all of the corn produced annually worldwide in a single day – and still be hungry.

There is a reason why, in nature, things grow in size only to a certain point. So why do most economists and politicians think that the economy can grow forever, and ever… and ever?

The current crop of politicians and economists – who have held sway for far too long – have a mantra, and they won’t let it go of it. That mantra is “Growth is Good.”

They also won’t let go of GDP, either, although it makes no distinction whatsoever between good and bad economic activity. It’s used as a blanket measure of ‘how well the economy is doing’, even though disasters increase it. Massive floods and megafires, for instance, that devastate entire neighbourhoods are a terrific boost to GDP – because everything has to be rebuilt.

It’s time to turn the tide on the insanity.

… and say ‘yes’ to life.

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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10 Responses to The greatest weapon in the green warrior’s arsenal

  1. Brilliant video! I have been saying “no” to all of the above for quite some time.

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  3. jenran72 says:

    I have always maintained that the economy can’t grow indefinitely without destroying what makes life worthwhile, and inevitably the world.

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    • peNdantry says:

      Indeed, it’s utter nonsense. It’s the epitome of pure phlyarologism. Even the ‘father of economics’, Adam Smith, acknowledged that there would come a time when the economy had to stabilise. Sadly, those who have followed in his footsteps are blinded by their ideological dogma (and, perhaps, also greed).

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  5. jilldennison says:

    A great post, my friend. I just say ‘no’ to almost all of the above, though admittedly I sometimes fail. As re the economy and its growth … I find it sad that far too many people fail to understand that there are far more important things than economic growth that benefits only a handful while enslaving the rest of us in one way or another.

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