As the developed world reels from the credit crunch, our political leaders seem single-mindedly set on one sole aim: to get us “back to normal”, which means, of course, back to an economy of constant exponential growth, no matter what the wider cost. But this so-called ‘normal’ has existed for only an eye-blink of human history, and as a passing phase it may well have served its use. In any event, it is vital that we challenge the goal of ‘normal’ and ask why we must return to a cycle of boom (over-consumpton, dissatisfaction, more over-consumption) and then bust, when we could instead learn from ...


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