A easy reading article explaining basics of degrowth. At the same time Federico Dearia embeds these basic ideas into the current political situation in Spain and the situation of the ongoing social and environmental crisis. The articel also gives insights to the state of the movement.
From the article: “Some critics accuse degrowth of being too unrealistic. But the true fantasy is thinking that the global economy can grow infinitely in a finite world. We have already seen how growth carries a very high cost that affects the basic foundations of our lives. Not only is growth not possible, it’s also not necessary and not desirable. In 1977, André Gorz, founder of political ecology and the first to use the word ‘degrowth’, put it like this: ‘Lack of realism consists in imagining that economic growth can still bring about increased human welfare.’ The time has come to face reality.”