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How many people will they be willing to kill

to achieve this misanthropic fantasy:

What is degrowth?

Degrowth carries the idea of a voluntary reduction of the size of the economic system, which implies a reduction of the GDP.

However degrowth is not simply about challenging the centrality of GDP as the overarching policy objective but proposes a framework for transformation to a lower and sustainable level and mode of production and consumption.

Degrowth is about finding a path or a transition to social justice, well being and ecological sustainability. It involves a range of actions at the individual and collective level based on a change of values and democratization of societies.

Degrowth is about people rather than technology deciding on the direction of societal evolution. It is also about giving meaning to human life which is not per se associated with conspicuous consumption and materialism

I know what a dollar is, I know what an Ipod is, but what the hell is social justice or a sustainable level of production?

Who decides what these high flying and noble words mean? You? Me? The Party Central Committee?

Added thought:  If these people want to do this they will damn well have to know what a rifle and razor wire are.

11 Comments

  1. Sam Duncan says:

    “Degrowth is about people rather than technology deciding on the direction of societal evolution.”

    Like buggery it is. Technology is what people do. Societal evolution has always been decided by people. Or do they think our technology has been imposed on us by space aliens? (Given the mad ideas held by some of these folk, I wouldn’t put it past them.)

    What, of course, they mean (another translation from Leftspeak in almost as many comments) is that they want right people deciding – them – instead of all us plebs “chaotically” figuring it out for ourselves. Because that’s always worked so well whenever it’s been tried before.

  2. JuliaM says:

    How many people? Why, as many as it takes, of course!

  3. bloke in spain says:

    Degrowth. What a strange inelegant word when there are so many appropriate ones that convey the same meaning. Contraction. Collapse. Diminishment. Decay.

  4. The image on that page is a bit strange too. A long line of people and a train… where’s the train going? Is it to a camp surrounded by barbed wire?

  5. Maz says:

    “Voluntary reduction”. I bet that’s just what they have in mind.

  6. Lynne says:

    I’m all for degrowth and social justice. Degrowth and social justice is good. So let’s go and cull degrowth a few politicians and their advisors and find out whether or not they think the path to social justice is still a good idea…

  7. Curmudgeon says:

    How much CO2 do gas chambers produce? We need to be told…

  8. Bill Sticker says:

    ‘Degrowth’, the latest synonym for ‘genocide’.

  9. RAB says:

    Well I have a few issues with this author over his predeliction to Big Govt etc, this is a remarkably level headed and optimistic article on future energy possibilities and procurement. If only iDave, Mental Merkel and the rest would read and inwardly digest…

    http://www.salon.com/news/env/energy/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/31/linbd_fossil_fuels

  10. JTW says:

    ““Voluntary reduction”. I bet that’s just what they have in mind.”

    Of course, they volunteer to reduce everyone else to corpses or to living in squallor.

    “Added thought: If these people want to do this they will damn well have to know what a rifle and razor wire are.”

    Sure. Razor wire is the stuff you use to surround reeducation camps with, and rifles are what you arm the guards and firing squads in those camps with, as well as the police forces tasked with rounding up those who’re not vigilant enough in executing your edicts.

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