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Kicking capitalism's growth habit

Beyond Resistance
The book

And now see the film!

 

Running a temperature

Saturday
26 February
2011

1.30-5pm [register 1pm]

Room 509
Birkbeck College
University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Beyond Resistance to the cuts

Kicking capitalism's growth habit -
building a sustainable economy

The economy ‘must return to growth’ if the recession is to end. That’s the cry from politicians of all parties as well as mainstream economists.

But is that the only solution? Is more ‘growth’ the only way to create jobs and a decent standard of living? The short answer is ‘no’. There are alternatives. Capitalism’s relentless, in-built drive for continuous expansion is destructive in every sense.

It inevitably leads to its opposite – contraction – and with it the destruction of jobs, living standards, pensions and public services that we are seeing now.

And it’s destructive because profit-driven growth always comes before the sustainable use of resources. Insatiable growth has a direct connection to climate change and habitat loss.

So how can we kick the growth habit? What’s the alternative to profit as an incentive? How can we create a natural relationship with nature?

Can capitalism change its spots or is the crisis so deep that revolutionary solutions are the only way forward for humanity? How has Egypt shown us the way forward?  How do we build People’s Assemblies?

Help to work out the answers. Discuss:

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