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Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find a variety of articles, from the relevance of degrowth in/for current affairs and contemporary political and social movements, until the impressions and news from events such as the international degrowth conference in Malmö in 2018. If you would like to comment on or contribute to the blog, please contact us at contact@degrowth.info.



Degrowth and Domesecration: a Historical View on Nonhuman and Human Violence

By Lukas Leitinger

On top of the ethical, environmental and epidemiological arguments, the animal liberation perspective can also provide an alternative historical view on growth. This article explores the historical connections between animal exploitation, growth and violence, and the lessons these offer for degrowth today.

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Building Counter-Institutions: A Call for Activism beyond Raising Awareness

By Joël Foramitti

Around the world, social movements are rising up in response to the multiple crises of our time. However, only few seem to focus on the task of building concrete institutions that could challenge existing structures and change the rules of our system.

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Degrowth: Some suggestions from the Simpler Way Perspective

By Ted Trainer

Thirty four years ago I published Abandon Affluence and Growth, with negligible effect, so it has been hugely satisfying to see the recent emergence of a degrowth movement. However, I believe some aspects of the movement need greater attention. Degrowth transition strategies especially should deal more effectively with the sheer magnitude of the problem we are facing.read more

Degrowth Money

By Julio Linares and Gabriela Cabaña.

The following text is an excerpt from “Towards an Ecology of Care: Basic Income Beyond the Nation-state (unpublished).

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Manifesto for the Reorganisation of the City after COVID-19

By Massimo Paolini.

The following text is a repost of an open letter to the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, setting out a manifesto for a reorganisation of the city in response to COVID-19. The manifesto currently has over 1600 signatures. Visit the manifesto website for more details and to add your signature: manifiesto.perspectivasanomalas.org/en

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More than 1,000 experts call for Degrowth as post-COVID-19 path

By The open letter working group

New Roots for the Economy: academics, experts, artists, activists and organizations from around the world demand a farewell to our economy’s growth dependency to avoid further crises.read more

Planning for Post-Corona: A Manifesto for the Netherlands

By The degrowth.info international editorial team

Last month a group of academics working in the fields of development and environmental sciences in the Netherlands wrote a manifesto for post-corona recovery based on degrowth principles. This initiative gained widespread attention, pushing the degrowth agenda into (Dutch) mainstream consciousness and the traditional corridors of power.read more

Save people – not planes!

By Tone Smith

The aviation industry has avoided regulation, taxation and climate responsibility for years. Now they ask for public bail-outs. Here’s why they shouldn’t get it and how you can contribute.

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Feminist degrowth reflections on COVID-19 and the politics of social reproduction

By Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA)

The crises provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed for all what many have long known: the foundations of the wealth and well-being of the world rest upon the sphere of social reproduction and the labor of care. This work is performed primarily by women and, more generally, by people whose work and lives are under-valued and marginalized by sexist, racist, classist, homophobic and ableist ideas and institutions.

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Organizing the 2020 Vienna degrowth conference before and during the covid-19 crisis

By Nathan Barlow

No one really told us what organizing a degrowth conference would entail. We simply knew we wanted to do it. Two years of organizing, meeting, discussing and struggling have passed and now we’re less than seven weeks away from the first day of the conference.

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Growth damages the climate. We need new paths to prosperity

By Joël Foramitti

Technological pipe dreams and the fixation on perpetual growth have prevented effective climate policies for decades

“Happiness does not pay pensions”, said the Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. The statement aimed to criticize the idea of a “post-growth” or “degrowth” society, which has received increasing attention in light of the climate crisis. The key to protecting the climate would be innovation, claimed the chancellor, while an end to economic growth would mean an end to the welfare state.

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This isn’t the type of downscaling that degrowth thinkers have in mind!

By Crelis Rammelt, Willem Hoogendijk and Francis Merson.

In the early 17th century, the bubonic plague is said to have played a crucial role in popping the tulip bubble in the Netherlands. Today, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is leading not only to a health crisis, but also an economic one. The outbreak is sparking realistic fears of a deep global downturn. Our globalised, just-in-time, cost-cutting, risk-taking and profit-maximising economy has shown a rather limited ability to absorb shocks. In a time of crisis, the instability and fragility, but also the inequality of the economic system becomes painfully obvious.read more

Why degrowth should scare business

By Iana Nesterova, Fabian Maier, Ben Robra, and Simon Parker.

Recently, an article on degrowth appeared in Harvard Business Review (hereafter HBR). Rather than offering a critique of capitalism, the article proposes that degrowth may not be a threat to business after all, and in fact, there are burgeoning degrowth markets waiting to be tapped into by the risk averse. Although we applaud the authors in getting the word “degrowth” into the illustrious pages of HBR, we take serious issue with the all too familiar ways in which this word and its radical connotations have been stretched.

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A degrowth perspective on the coronavirus crisis

By The degrowth.info editorial team.

Degrowth advocates for a general slowdown and large emissions reductions, minus the pandemic and social distress.

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Entry Points for Transformative Politics: The Power of Unstated Premises

By Timmo Krüger

While the limits and failures of our current economic and political system are known and repetitively pointed out by degrowth research, we have a deficit in the area of strategic planning for transformative politics. What is missing are entry points for politicizing and changing social values, norms and institutions. To do this successfully, it is useful to detect how hegemonic values are embedded, not only in political and economic policies, but also in everyday life.

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