The Myth of Growth

 

Economic growth at all cost is the golden calf worshipped by almost everyone. No one can escape it. Everything seems to be measured these days by economic growth. 

Why can’t we grow up and understand that the resources of this planet don’t grow, the opposite is true, they get more and more depleted. How is it possible to grow something unlimitedly on limited resources. It is a paradox which means an economic idea and model entirely based on growth will eventually end up in fighting and war for the last remaining traces of resources, – oil, minerals and even water, you name it, until it eventually collapses. It is not sustainable. 

But who cares if the focus is on the now and here. After me the biblical flood. This is the mindset of the ‘growers’. Satisfaction of the senses now and when I die it’s all finished and over. Therefore let me enjoy now as long as I can. Let’s have pity on those who have subscribed to this world view. It destroys the planet for everyone. Thus it is the epitome of egotism and selfishness. 

Just to pick one of those ‘growing’ ideas is a third runway at Heathrow airport in London, UK. The entire concept is based on the wonder drug of economic growth not understanding that the whole world economic model and concept based on growth is in its final hours. The collapse is not far away. The economic cycle has run its course. 

Here is an interesting piece of news from the BBC website burried deep down in some obscure article. There have only been three times in modern history when economic growth has been below 1 percent, namely just before the First World War, before the Second World War and last year in 2914. Everyone can draw their own conclusions. 

What we need is an entirely new economic model based on cooperation and symbiosis rather than competition and exploitation based on Darwin’s misconception of survival of the fittest. This is the philosophical underpinning of the existing mess. It is not true, neither is it useful for human civilisation. 

And where is the gold which should count as the basis for modern currency? It’s all gone. All what is left is paper and the belief in an idea which is close to collapse. The gold standard as it used to be has eroded completely. 

In the Nixon era the French government asked the U.S. to give them their gold back. It was refused and a law was consequently enacted to protect the United States economic interests, in short, no one can have their deposited gold back. Don’t even ask. Why? Because it does not exist anymore, just pieces of paper without any real value. And that value is only in the minds of those who still buy into the scam. Welcome to the New World Order. 

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