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Is there really, though (I mean significantly so - a couple of odd people can always be found)?

Much of what constitutes GDP no longer adds real value. Yet we work ever longer hours and wreck ever more of our ecology to keep increasing it. Pointing out that absurdity is hardly an ideology wanting to return to a simpler age.

By all mean have that massive program, I've been calling for it for years. I still reckon that consumption would better drop in the West if we are going to have a fighting chance.
Actually, forget that: even with this, I don't believe that there is any chance at all to get the needed reduction in environmental impact in time, so there will need to be active restoration for decades or even centuries down the line.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 at 01:06:09 PM EST
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We're confusing real material impacts with GDP which is a purely monetary measure.

Sure, we'll be poorer in real terms or we will see inflation in the prices of, say, fossil energy. But who cares?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2014 at 01:07:43 PM EST
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I think a significant part of the creation of the Church of GDP was driven by the conscious policy, at least here in the US, to sever as much of the population from the land as possible.  Land became corporate, food became an industrial product, and the food on your table became just another buy-in of the consumerist creed to drive GDP.
by rifek on Sat Nov 8th, 2014 at 10:16:08 PM EST
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