Punk, not cool. Assessing the degrowth debate

By Emanuele Leonardi * Leonardi reviews Giorgos Kallis’ new book “In defense of degrowth”, a volume that provides activists and academics alike with a detailed map of the degrowth discourse, with its theoretical controversies and opportunities for political alliances to come. What struck me first and foremost in the process of reading In defense of degrowth … Continue reading Punk, not cool. Assessing the degrowth debate

Going for “the simpler way”

By Ted Trainer* In his contribution to the series Ecology after capitalism, Ted Trainer argues that ecosocialism is not the answer and calls for the left and degrowthers to embrace all the radical implications of the "limits to growth" analysis. This implies following "the simpler way", his own proposal for achieving a post-capitalist society based … Continue reading Going for “the simpler way”

Valor, crecimiento y desarrollo: lecciones desde America del Sur para una nueva ecopolitica

Por Eduardo Gudynas* En el cuarto y ultimo post de la serie Ecology after capitalism, Eduardo Gudynas escribe sobre las propuestas del Buen Vivir desde America del Sur. Estas no sólo rechazan el crecimiento como fin en sí mismo, sino que se desentienden de la idea de desarrollo en cualquiera de sus expresiones.  Ante la … Continue reading Valor, crecimiento y desarrollo: lecciones desde America del Sur para una nueva ecopolitica

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part II)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the Part II of the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Leandro Vergara-Camus attempts to show that Marxism is useful for the degrowth movement because of its understanding of what the specificity of capitalism is in comparison to other types of societies. In order to build a post-capitalist society, … Continue reading Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part II)

Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part I)

By Leandro Vergara-Camus* In the third post of the Ecology after capitalism series, divided in Part I and Part II, Leandro Vergara-Camus argues that the root causes of the socially and ecologically destructive character of capitalism is not to be found in growth, but in capitalist accumulation. He suggests that growth can be greened in … Continue reading Capitalism, democracy, and the degrowth horizon (Part I)

Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

By Eleanor Finley* In this second article of the series "Ecology after capitalism", Finley revisits the concept of growth from the libertarian socialist perspective of social ecology. She draws on Bookchin’s work to interrogate the limits of a degrowth conception of ‘growth’ and argues that we might find more opportunities for social and political transformation … Continue reading Beyond the limits of nature: a social-ecological view of growth and degrowth

The labor(s) of degrowth

By Stefania Barca* In the first post of the Ecology after capitalism series, Stefania Barca argues that degrowth has potential to facilitate the discussion and practice of an emancipatory ecological class-consciousness, provided it engages with the centrality of work and class in the transition to a post-carbon and post-capitalist paradigm. Ecological economist Giorgos Kallis’ response … Continue reading The labor(s) of degrowth

Ecology after capitalism

A series of upcoming posts on ENTITLEBlog seeks to foster emerging debates around egalitarian futures beyond accumulation and growth. In an intervention published on this blog in October 2015, the political ecologist Giorgos Kallis provided important arguments for an emerging dialogue between degrowth and eco-socialism. Commenting on a recent piece by John Bellamy Foster, and challenging … Continue reading Ecology after capitalism

Let’s Degrow Up and Grow Down!

By François Schneider* François Schneider responds to Miklos Antal's criticism of the use of the term degrowth for the alternative economics movement. One of the main critiques of degrowth has been the so-called 'negative' connotation of the term. People understand the term, and very often even agree with the idea it brings, but they are concerned … Continue reading Let’s Degrow Up and Grow Down!

Naming the radical movement for alternative economics: D.E.growth

By Miklós Antal* How can we create a positive attitude towards alternative economic directions while keeping the advantages of the concept of degrowth? In a recent article with Stefan Drews in the journal Ecological Economics, we discussed why degrowth might be an unfortunate name and slogan for the alternative economics movement. We listed several expressions … Continue reading Naming the radical movement for alternative economics: D.E.growth