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Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet

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The story behind the reckless promotion of economic growth despite its disastrous consequences for life on the planet.

The notion of ever-expanding economic growth has been promoted so relentlessly that "growth" is now entrenched as the natural objective of collective human effort. The public has been convinced that growth is the natural solution to virtually all social pro
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 8th 2014 by MIT Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Skip Kilmer
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Australian author makes a compelling case that the consumer trajectory we have been on for the past century is both intentionally growth oriented and unsustainable. She documents the history of corporate assumption of power and influence and explores the almost certain disastrous outcome if the exponential growth in population, affluence and energy throughput continue. It is a riveting read.
Adam
I read most of Part 1, skimmed Parts 2 and 3, and read the conclusions.

I was given this recommendation as a minor correction for some points I supposedly made in my recent piece on overpopulation regarding the Simon-Ehrlich bet and the predictions of the Club of Rome Limits to Growth model. I don't know that I feel like I made such points but anyway I expected this book to be an empirical thing evaluating the model and its predictions against the evidence of the last few decades. That is very mu
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John
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the next civilization that arises from our ashes will know better.
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Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: systems
For those of you who are horrified about the less positive consequences of "the free market" and are asking yourselves why the world has gotten into the current state -- this is a pretty illuminating book to read.

If you are considering reading it, there was an interview with the author on ABC radio national you could have a listen to first: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/p...
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