Discusses the “Origins of the growth paradigm” by going into history, starting in medieval times going over to industrialisation, including the “invention of scarcity” and the “change from a world of custom and common land to one based on absolute private property”, “a redefinition of human needs and desire” and economic theory. Further “the criticisms of political economy for its neglect of the problem of the distribution of wealth were part of the cultural furniture” in the 19th Century. It goes on with Colonialism and “the geo-economics of growth”. Then the role of growth in “socialism from above”. And at last how economic growth became a “magic wand” for everything. Towards the end existing criticism of growth is described and economic growth is described as ideology.