To speak of ‘limits to growth’ under a capitalistic market economy is as meaningless as to speak of limits of warfare under a warrior society. The moral pieties, that are voiced today by many well-meaning environmentalists, are as naive as the moral pieties of multinationals are manipulative. Capitalism can no more be ‘persuaded’ to limit growth than a human being can be ‘persuaded’ to stop breathing. Attempts to ‘green’ capitalism, to make it ‘ecological’, are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth.
~ Murray Bookchin (Remaking Society: Pathways to a Green Future).
3 thoughts on ““Attempts to ‘green’ capitalism, to make it ‘ecological’, are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth.””
Sadly, so very true.
I often wonder how different things could be if people all played their part, Ginny. I love the question “what would you give up to save the planet?” I absolutely love reading your blog. Real food for thought. Peace and love x
You are so kind! Thank you. Yes, if there was, as I truly believe based on research, a culture of community and co-operation instead of self and competition, it would make all the difference. And replacing things with experiences too, yes. Peace and love to you also. x
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