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Jun 28, 2022 | ISBN 9781839765841

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“A most comprehensive analysis of the different trends converging in the degrowth movement, showing its capacity to both subvert the logic of capitalism and project visions of social justice. A book that powerfully challenges any reductive views of degrowth.”
—Silvia Federici

The Future Is Degrowth offers a sober presentation of the futility of the ideology and pursuit of infinite growth on a finite planet. Current multiple crises, including the unfolding catastrophic global heating, ought to force humans to pull the brakes on current fatal pathways. However, myopia has locked humans in a fatal pursuit of wealth, power and externalizations built on the platform of oppression, colonial exploitation, ecological despoliation and barbaric economic supremacy made possible by militarism, cultural manipulations, delineation of sacrificial zones and acceptance of enforcement of sacred or untouchable zones to sustain unquenchable consumption and wasteful appetites. This book presents a call for a world in which, through sober acceptance of having toed highly destructive growth, consumption and developmental paths, human beings understand and respect the ecological limits of Mother Earth her and regain both their humanity and place in the communities of other beings.”
—Nnimmo Bassey, author of To Cook a Continent, Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa

“In economics, ‘growth’ implies a malignancy absent in nature: perpetual expansion and extraction. This book rigorously demolishes a concept that is the intellectual foundation of today’s economics profession, a central pillar of capitalism and the source of ecological depletion.”
—Ann Pettifor

“A radical critique of capitalist growth and a powerful vision for a more just and ecological future. Don’t miss this book.”
—Jason Hickel

“This book is to degrowth what the IPCC is to climate science: the best available literature review on the topic.”
—Timothée Parrique

“An excellent introduction to the degrowth agenda written in plain language. It shifts the burden of proof concerning solutions to climate and social crises to optimist eco-modernists from all political backgrounds.”
—Nick Trantas, Journal of Political Ecology

“Degrowth gains ground.”
Yes Magazine


“If you are looking for a clear, comprehensive, scholarly but practical overview, then I’d recommend The Future is Degrowth.”
—Mark Burton

“This book is a great handbook of ideas to help spread the word.”

“Magnificent. The Future is Degrowth is arguably one of the most complete works on the concept of degrowth. This book is essential reading for both actors within civil society movements and policymakers, as it manages to be extremely ambitious in its goals while remaining realistic.”
Green European Journal

“Behind this strategy to reclaim our world from the forces of collapse is the vision of a free people taking charge of their lives.”
—Bernard Marszalek, Counterpunch

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