Extremely interesting to see the Next Big Future
spotlight Maximizing Economic Growth and Aid to the Poor
, emphasizing that Growth is Good
, and pointing to Daniel Ben-Ami's 4 May 2006 essay Who's afraid of economic growth?
"Behind today's trendy arguments about environmentalism, ethical living and happiness, there lurks a deep disdain for material progress. We live in a world in which there is an unprecedented degree of cynicism about the benefits of economic growth. Even though increasing affluence is still generally accepted as a worthwhile goal in principle, it is typically subject to numerous caveats. Among other things it is accused of damaging the environment, leading to inequality and failing to make people happy. "
After considerable elaboration, Ben-Ami concludes...
"For anyone committed to human progress it is imperative to launch a counter-attack against growth scepticism. Anti-growth thinking is a central part of the narrow consensus that nowadays passes for politics. Growth scepticism is integral to the idea that human potential should be constrained as a dangerous force. Therefore restating the case for growth is a central part of arguing for the power of humanity to create a better world."
Indeed, that's the goal of Maximizing Progress
. Onward & upward!
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