Addiction to economic growth is killing us

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Anthropologist Dr Jason Hickel questions if economic growth really makes our lives better. He is the author of ‘The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions’. Published on BBC Viewsnight on August 10, 2017.

Dr Jason Hickle specializes on globalization, finance, democracy, violence, and ritual, and has been engaged in ethnographic and archival research in Southern Africa since 2004. Jason’s present research focuses on finance in South Africa, looking at how the central bank manages market expectations and economic behavior in the post-crisis context through technologies of public communication. This tactic of market intervention is dressed, paradoxically, in the discourse of non-intervention; in this sense the new era of monetary policy troubles conventional academic understandings of neoliberalism.

In addition to his academic research, he also writes regularly for The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and contributes to a number of other online outlets.

If a man really loved his country, his religion or his race even to the exclusion of all others, even then he would be able to establish peace and happiness all over the world. Even considered individually, a country’s overall well-being lies in the harmonious and healthy growth of her people. If each citizen would work in this direction there would be no internal strife and international wars. After all, who would wish to give up a peaceful life in exchange for bloodshed, rape and economic distress? Each country is dependent upon all.

Osho, Early Talks, Ch 10 (excerpt)

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