How do you envision a successful economy without continuous growth? To answer that question, it helps to consider a prior question: how do you envision a successful planet Earth without continuous growth?

That is easy to envision, because it exists. The Earth as a whole does not grow in physical dimensions. Yet it does change qualitatively: it evolves and develops. Total matter on the Earth cycles, but does not grow. Energy from the sun flows through the Earth, coming in as radiant low-entropy energy and exiting as high-entropy heat. But the solar flow is not growing. Nearly all life is powered ...


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