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A Blueprint For DeGrowth

How to enter the future with grace
Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:46 PM

Executive Summary

  • Why we can cut energy consumption by 50% and still function
  • Why new systems of work, income & resource distribution are needed
  • The need for a new type of currency that can't be manipulated by the elites
  • The need for de-centralized governance & processes

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Inevitability Of DeGrowth available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we surveyed the fundamental dynamic of the present-day status quo, which is fatally dependent on expanding debt, energy consumption per capita, income and consumption of goods and services. Once debt and/or energy expansion stalls, the status quo collapses.

Which brings us to the question: what sort of economy could we have that consumes less energy every year and distributes resources to the populace in some sort of stable, reasonably just arrangement?

We can imagine a variety of unjust repressive regimes that hoard whatever energy and goodies are available for the ruling elites, and there are any number of dystopian films depicting a chaotic endless-war-anarchy scenario of ruthlessly Darwinian distribution systems ( “my lead takes your gold,” etc.).

But neither of these possibilities are set in stone. We could consciously choose to pursue DeGrowth, a set of guiding principles orbiting one basic idea: using less is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing, and it could be coupled with improvements in our quality of life.

Here in Part 2, we provide the blueprint for a DeGrowth Economy.

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The Inevitability Of DeGrowth

Our current debt & energy orgy can't last much longer
Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:45 PM

Even though we don't know precisely how the future will unfold, we know a few things about it.

Simply put, debt-dependent consumption in a world in which wages stagnate for the bottom 90% and energy costs increase as demand outstrips supply is a system with only one possible end-point: collapse. » Read more

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Escaping the Rat-Race

More meaningful work that boosts career security
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:48 AM

The changing nature of work doesn’t just matter to new graduates seeking their first career-track job—it’s equally important to experienced workers seeking to escape the corporate rat-race or build a new career after a layoff.

Those who understand these changes will be able to successfully adapt. Those who don’t, won’t. » Read more