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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » P2P Essay of the Year? The Radical Implications of a Zero Growth Economy - 2011-09-15


commentary by oAnth:

Generally I would like to state, that sustainable growth in future is no more to describe simply by the amount of produced goods, but in the efficient differentiation from energy sources as well as the circular use of commodities.

The article neglects a lot of recent developments in energy support technologies, which might guarantee a much higher sustainability than the traditionally centralized energy supply, like burning all forms of carbon and waste or nuclear based energy centrals.

Further insists the article IMO too much on data given by a supposed status quo (I remember that e.g. the FAO comes to quite other conlusions), and proposes as alternative a kind of subsistence economy, which in its use today is historically to see as a socially useful last remain at the country side e.g. in South Europe of a feudal society economy (supposedly with commons). This income source today is nevertheless depending on a centralized industrial production economy, and by this on the incomes of family members (away in other parts of the countries, or in work migration), which are not in particular a part of the subsistence economy household and are supporting still by a monthly amount of money parents, brother, sister, working in the  subsistence unit. Means, in those countries, where it is still in use, it has the function of a kind of social assurance, but hardly as a basic economic factor [ cf. actual tendencies in Greece of unemployed populations to return from Athens to the country side, where family members have still a smaller business or some (minor) agriculture].

I can't see how a world population would reduce its means in such a way, taking in account, that industrial production of any kind would be technological restricted in its development in order to keep the technological concurrence between all market participants in a constant balance to avoid any uncontrolled innovation impulses, from which could result again unwanted growth. etc. etc.

oAnth - Muc - 2011-09-16
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