"But when the last war has come and every
man has been provided for, no ultimate peace is established on earth:
the power-accumulating machine, without which continual expansion
would not have been achieved, needs more material to devour in its
never-ending process. If the last victorious Commonwealth cannot proceed to
"annex the planets," it can only proceed to destroy itself in order to begin anew the
never-ending process of power generation."
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (pg 196).
"Society must cease to look upon "progress" as
something desirable. `Eternal Progress’ is a nonsensical
myth. What must be implemented is not a `steadily expanding
economy,’ but a zero growth economy, a stable economy.
Economic growth is not only unnecessary but ruinous." Alexander I.
"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is the inability
to understand the exponential function."
Albert A. Bartlett, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University
"...we live in a world where economic growth is
generally seen as both beneficent and necessary _ the more, the
better; where past growth has brought us to a perilous state
environmentally; where we are poised for unprecedented increments
in growth; where this growth is proceeding with wildly wrong market
signals, including prices that do not incorporate environmental
costs or reflect the needs of future generations; where a failed
politics has not meaningfully corrected the routinely deploying
technology that was created in an environmentally unaware era;
where there is no hidden hand or inherent mechanism adequate to
correct the destructive tendencies. So, right now, one can only
conclude that growth is the enemy of environment. Economy and
environment remain in collision." The
Bridge at the End of the World: Gus Speth (2008)